The 2013 Ford Explorer won the Large Crossover category.
General Motors, Ford, and Toyota gave strong performances in the eighth annual Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America award, the only fleet-specific valuation award of its kind in the automotive industry. To determine the awards, Vincentric measured all costs involved in owning a vehicle, including depreciation, fuel and maintenance, for 3,400 vehicle configurations in the 2013 model year.
On the List
GM topped the list this year with nine awards, while Ford and Toyota were close behind with eight winning vehicles each. Other manufacturers with notable results were Chrysler Group, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
The General Motors success was evident in the key fleet segments of heavy duty pickups and full-size vans, along with a strong showing by Buick in the premium vehicle categories. Ford showed strength across its product line-up, with the half-ton F-150 pickup and strong passenger car results contributing to the automaker’s overall strong performance.
The Toyota achievements were led by the Tacoma, which won for the eighth year in a row, along with numerous Toyota winners in the hybrid and SUV/crossover segments. Chrysler’s success was highlighted by three winning Dodge vehicles, while BMW showed value in the premium segments with the winners. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter used strong lifecycle costs in all three of its market segments to earn those awards for the second year in a row.
The 2013 Buick Verano took the trophy in the Mid-size Sedan category.
“Our awards look to provide guidance to all types of fleet buyers, and the fact that we have winners from a variety of manufacturers illustrates the growing competition in the fleet market,” stated David Wurster, president of Vincentric. “By segmenting the awards and analyzing different mileage/lifecycle timeframe scenarios, vehicle buyers have guidance for determining the fleet vehicle that best meets the needs of their organization.”
To determine the 2013 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards, Vincentric, a provider of automotive cost-of-ownership data, analyzed more than 3,400 vehicle configurations in 20 different lifecycle cost scenarios, using eight cost factors, including depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost and repairs.
The lifecycle costs were measured in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, with more than 25 million lifecycle cost measurements used to determine the winning vehicles.
Further information regarding all of the winners of the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards for the 2013 model year and the Vincentric methodology is available at www.vincentric.com.