Vincentric's 2009 Best Fleet Value in America™ awards announced.


BINGHAM FARMS, Michigan – April 6, 2009 - Vincentric’s 2009 Best Fleet Value in America™ awards were announced today, with the strong fleet product lines from General Motors and Toyota each earning 7 awards, while Ford also did well with 5 winning vehicles.  General Motors’ strength was due in part to the Silverado/Sierra sweep of the full-size pickup segments and the top performance from the new Chevrolet Traverse.  Toyota used victories by the Camry, Prius, Tacoma, and the Sienna minivan to show value across the board, while Ford did well in the sedan segments, with the Mercury Sable and the Lincoln MKZ picking up awards.  Chrysler showed that it still has fleet strength by earning 3 different awards, while Volvo also made its presence known in the premium segments with two winning vehicles, including the 3-time winner Volvo S40.


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 8 cost factors for over 2,000 vehicle configurations in the 2009 model year, with twenty different mileage/lifecycle timeframe scenarios used in each of the 50 states plus DC.  The resulting 16,000,000+ lifecycle cost measurements were then reviewed to determine the winning vehicles.


The eight cost factors that determined overall lifecycle costs were depreciation, fuel, insurance, opportunity cost, financing, maintenance, taxes and state fees, and repairs.  These costs were integrated with the Vincentric Fleet Price, which estimates the acquisition cost for each vehicle in the study.


“As in the past, our 2009 awards use a variety of segments to provide guidance to all types of fleet buyers, including small business fleets, executive fleets, and high-volume managed fleets”, commented David Wurster, President of Vincentric.  “One change for this year was the increase in different mileage/lifecycle timeframe scenarios we measured; going from twelve to twenty different combinations.  By doing so, we’re able to account for a wide variety of driving and ownership patterns and provide an independent, solid foundation for accurately evaluating the lifecycle costs of fleet vehicles in any state.”  


The vehicle segments and the winners of Vincentric’s Best Fleet Value in America™ awards for the 2009 model year are listed below.  In addition, a review of each winner and further information about the study is available at


2009 Winners of Vincentric’s Best Fleet Value in America™


-Subcompact - Toyota Yaris Base Hatchback 
-Compact, Hatchback - Nissan Versa S 
-Compact, Sedan - Nissan Versa Base
-Compact, Sedan, Premium - Volvo S40 2.4i 
-Mid-Size - Toyota Camry Base
-Mid-Size, Premium - Lincoln MKZ
-Large - Mercury Sable Base 
-Large, Premium - Chrysler 300 LX
-Wagon - Volkswagen Jetta S Wagon
-Prestige - Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 
-Wagon, Premium - Volvo V50 2.4i 
-Hybrid, Car - Toyota Prius Standard 

-Crossover, Compact, Mid Level - Toyota Rav4 Base 2WD 4cyl
-Crossover, Mid Size - Dodge Journey SE FWD
-Crossover, Mid Size, Premium - Mercedes-Benz ML320 CDI
-Crossover, Large - Chevrolet Traverse LS FWD
-Crossover, Large, Premium - Buick Enclave CX FWD
-SUV, Compact - Mazda Tribute I 2WD
-SUV, Mid Size - Toyota 4Runner SR5 2WD V6
-SUV, Large - Dodge Durango SE 2WD
-SUV, Large, Premium - GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE Commercial
-Sport Utility Truck - Ford Explorer Sport Trac
-Hybrid, SUV/Crossover - Ford Escape FWD

-Compact Pickup - Toyota Tacoma Base Reg Cab 2WD
-Full Size Pickup - Chevrolet/GMC Silverado 1500 / Sierra 1500 Work Truck Reg Cab 2WD 119
-Heavy Duty 3/4 Ton Pickup - Chevrolet/GMC Silverado HD 2500 / Sierra HD 2500 Work Truck Reg Cab 2WD
-Heavy Duty 1 Ton Pickup - Chevrolet/GMC Silverado HD 3500 / Sierra HD 3500 Work Truck Reg Cab 2WD SRW


-Mini Van - Toyota Sienna CE 7 Pass FWD
-Full Size Cargo Van – Chevrolet Express Cargo G1500 Cargo SWB
-Full Size Passenger Van - Ford E150 XL Wagon


Vincentric provides data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry by identifying and applying the many aspects of automotive value.  Vincentric data is used by organizations such as General Motors, Audi of America, Toyota, Yahoo! Autos,, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, The Auto Channel, Business Fleet Magazine and as a means of providing automotive insight to their clientele.  Vincentric, LLC, is a privately held automotive data compilation and analysis firm headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


This press release is provided for editorial use only.  No advertising or other promotional use can be made of the information in this release without the express prior written consent of Vincentric LLC.



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Dave Freed
Managing Partner


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