Best Fleet Value in America
Now in its fourth year, the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America award is a result of the most comprehensive analysis of lifecycle costs performed for the fleet industry.
General Motors (GM), Toyota and Ford had strong showings in Vincentric's 2009 Best Fleet Value in America awards, now in its fourth year. GM and Toyota each had seven winners and the Ford/Lincoln/Mercury brands combined had five. Adding the two Volvo winners, Ford Motor Co. also won seven awards.
Chrysler LLC took home three awards, highlighted by the Dodge Journey's win in the growing crossover segment.
GM swept the full-size truck awards (1/2 ton, 3/4 ton and 1 ton) with the Silverado/Sierra lineup. Toyota Tacoma won the compact pickup award for the fourth year in a row.
In the premium/prestige segments, Mercedes-Benz with three awards and Volvo with two awards did well. Mercedes had the only diesel winner with its ML 320 CDI winning a premium crossover segment.
Toyota Prius and Ford Escape were the winners of Vincentrics' Best Fleet Hybrid Value in America awards.
The popular fleet segments-midsize sedan and large sedan-were won by the Toyota Camry and the Mercury Sable, respectively. The Sable used its strong residual values to reduce depreciation costs and show its value to fleet buyers.
How the Awards Are Determined
To determine Vincentric's Best Fleet Value in America awards, Vincentric used its ongoing comprehensive analysis of fleet lifecycle costs to identify the best fleet values in the industry. The company measured eight cost factors for more than 2,000 vehicle configurations in the 2009 model year, with 20 different mileage/lifecycle timeframe scenarios used in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The resulting more than 16 million lifecycle cost measurements were then reviewed to determine the winning vehicles.