General Motors is backing up talk of better product quality with new warranties. Starting with all 2007 models, GM will offer a 100,000-mile/five-year powertrain warranty on its lineup. In addition, consumers will also get expanded roadside assistance and courtesy transportation, GM CEO Rick Wagoner said at a press conference.
For non-powertrain components, GM’s standard warranties remain in effect: four years or 50,000 miles for Buicks, Cadillacs, HUMMERs and Saabs, and three years or 36,000 miles for Chevrolets, GMCs,Pontiacs and Saturns, GM officials said.
Wagoner credited the expanded warranty coverage to the company’s ongoing improvements in quality. GM’s warranty costs have dropped by roughly 40 percent in the past five years thanks to a concerted effort to ensure the company’s vehicles are reliable, he said.
Wagoner also said the warranty improvement will mean that GM warranties are now better than those offered by key competitors such Ford, Toyota, Honda and Nissan. Ford increased its basic warranty to five years and 60,000 miles earlier this summer.