Vincentric Reveals 2012 Best Fleet Value in America Awards
General Motors and Toyota secured the most honors in the seventh annual Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America Awards.
Announced Tuesday for 39 different vehicle segments, Vincentric praised a total of nine GM vehicles while seven Toyota models also drew accolades.
Other brands earning multiple awards were Ford, Hyundai, Chrysler Group, Volvo and BMW.
Vincentric highlighted the GM product line showed its strength in the van and heavy duty pickup segments, while Toyota earned its awards with a well-balanced lineup in the passenger vehicle and crossover classes, including winners in three out of four hybrid segments.
When hearing the news about the honors, Ed Peper, general manager of GM Fleet and Commercial Operations, declared, "Our track record of winning the Vincentric Awards, especially in the truck and van segments, is important to our customers so they can be confident that our products provide the value they need.
"We understand the importance of lifecycle costs to our customers, and are committed to providing great products that meet their business needs and benefit their bottom line," Peper continued.
Vicentric also pointed out the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter performed strongly, winning three of the heavy duty van segments. The firm added Chrysler Group and Hyundai showed growing product strength in the fleet industry with three winners each, with the Hyundai Sonata laying claim as a serious fleet choice in the popular midsize sedan segment.
In the high-volume half-ton pickup segment, the Ford F-150 was the 2012 winner.
To determine the 2012 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America Awards, Vincentric analyzed more than 2,700 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.
Officials added the lifecycle costs were measured in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia with the resulting 21,000,000 lifecycle cost measurements then reviewed to determine the winning vehicles.
"By taking into account a wide range of lifecycle scenarios using all ownership costs, our awards enable organizations to understand and evaluate the best vehicles for their fleet," Vincentric president David Wurster stated.
"Fleet operators, fleet management and leasing companies and fleet dealers can all benefit from utilizing comprehensive and dynamic cost-of-ownership data to make informed vehicle choices," Wurster stressed.
The 2012 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America Awards included: