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J.D. POWER’S 2018 U.S. Ini­tial Qual­ity Study re­veals that new ve­hi­cle qual­ity re­mains on the rise. “The num­ber of prob­lems ex­pe­ri­enced per 100 ve­hi­cles dur­ing the first 90 days of own­er­ship, with a lower score re­flect­ing higher qual­ity” is how J.D. Power com­piles its rank­ings. Re­sults in the 2018 study find that over­all ve­hi­cle ex­te­ri­ors are im­proved (for ex­am­ple, less wind noise), and that Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler lead the in­dus­try in terms of im­prove­ment. Ford, GM, and Nissan are among the com­pa­nies with the most model-level ac­co­lades, and the Ford F-Series Su­per Duty and Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado tie for top qual­ity in the large heavy-duty pickup seg­ment. There’s less good news about driver-as­sis­tance safety sys­tems. J.D. Power says owner-re­ported prob­lems in­creased by ap­prox­i­mately 20 per­cent each year for three years run­ning.

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