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GM, Ford, and Toyota Top the 2013 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America Winner's List
BINGHAM FARMS, Michigan – April 22nd, 2013 – The 8th annual Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America™ awards were announced earlier today with General Motors, Ford, and Toyota leading the way. GM topped the list this year with 9 total awards, while Ford Motor Company and Toyota were close behind with 8 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 Motor Company showed strength across its product line-up, with the F-150 pickup and strong passenger car results contributing to their overall strong performance. The Toyota achievements were led by the Tacoma, which won for the 8th 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 3 winners. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter used strong lifecycle costs in all three of its market segments to earn three awards for the second year in a row.
"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 analyzed over 3,400 vehicle configurations in 20 different lifecycle cost scenarios, using 8 cost factors including depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs. The lifecycle costs were measured in all 50 states plus DC, with the resulting 25,000,000 lifecycle cost measurements then reviewed to determine the winning vehicles.
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 Yahoo! Autos, AOL, Cars.com, Chevrolet, Toyota, Kiplinger.com, Mercedes-Benz, Business Fleet Magazine, Volvo, NADA Guides, BMW and Fleet-Central.com as a means of providing automotive insight to their clientele. Vincentric, LLC is a privately held automotive data compilation and analysis firm headquartered in Bingham Farms, Michigan.
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