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GM gets an 'attaboy' from J.D. Powers

DETROIT, June 30 (UPI) -- General Motors Corp. gained distinction for dependability Thursday in the latest edition of a widely followed vehicle quality survey of 2002 models.

J.D. Power and Associates' Vehicle Dependability Study awarded GM eight "Most Dependable" awards and the Detroit automaker placed 18 vehicles in the top three of their respective segments -- more than any other manufacturer.

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The highly-regarded survey measures problems in 3-year-old vehicles in nine categories.

Buick ranked fourth, Cadillac fifth and Chevrolet received four segment awards -- more than any other brand. Chevrolet placed three vehicles among the top three in its respective segments.

Segment award winners include the Chevrolet Prizm, Chevrolet Malibu, Buick Century, Buick LeSabre, Chevrolet S-10 Pickup, Cadillac Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Silverado HD, and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL.

Ford had five segment winners and Toyota four.

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