June 5, 2015, 4:00 PM
Ford’s trucks powered the manufacturer to an impressive nine trophies in the fourth annual Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada awards, placing it ahead of Toyota and General Motors, the perennial global best sellers.
Ford’s F-Series pickups swept the Full-Size Pickups, and its new European-built vans (Transit and Transit Connect) kicked in a category win each, as did crossovers Lincoln MKX and Ford Flex. The Lincoln Navigator took the Premium Large SUV category, and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid took home Premium Midsize Hybrid Sedan honours.
Although better balanced with its seven wins in the 41 categories, Toyota also took the majority of its wins in truck categories, with the Tacoma claiming Compact Pickups, The 4Runner and Sequoia taking Mid-Size and Large SUV honours, respectively, and the RAV4 taking the Mid-Level Compact Crossover class. The Camry took the Mid-Size Sedan categories (regular and hybrid) and the Prius c won in the Compact Hybrid category.
Vincentric, a Michigan-based privately held automotive data compilation and analysis firm, determines the Best Fleet Value in 41 vehicle categories based on ownership analysis on over 1,800 vehicle configurations in commercial fleet usage (Vincentric hands out the annual Consumer Best Value awards in the fall). Cost of ownership is a result of depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs. In Canada (Vincentric also hands out awards based on U.S. usage), the evaluations are performed in all ten provinces, using 24 different lifecycle cost scenarios. The winners are the ones with the lowest fleet lifecycle costs in their respective size/configuration categories.
“Driven by the intense competition in the fleet market, this year’s awards had winning vehicles from thirteen different manufacturers across 18 brands,” stated David Wurster, President of Vincentric. “This diversity offers fleet operators a wide range of choices when using total cost of ownership to help guide their vehicle selections.”
General Motors also took awards in multiple categories (six in all), on the strength of Buick’s wins in Premium Compact and Large Sedans (Verano and LaCrosse, respectively) and Premium Compact and Large Crossovers (Encore and Enclave, respectively). Chevrolet contributed wins in Large Sedan (Impala) and Full-Size One-Ton Van (Express 3500).
The Van segment, though, was dominated by Mercedes-Benz, with the Sprinter taking wins in Three-Quarter Passenger, and Three-Quarter and Full-Ton Cargo models. At the other end of the market, Daimler took the Micro Car and the Electric/Plug-In categories with its Smart models.
The Van segment was rounded out by wins from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, with the Dodge Caravan taking Minivan honours and the new Ram Promaster claiming the Half-Ton Cargo class. The Dodge Journey took the Mid-Size Crossover category and the Jeep Wrangler claiming Compact SUV honours.
Hyundai group vehicles took three class awards, with Accent winning in the Subcompact category, Elantra taking top honours in Compact Sedan, and the Kia Rondo taking top stop in the Entry-Level Compact Crossover category. The only other multiple class winner was Volvo, staking claims on the Premium Mid-Sized Sedan (S60) and Premium Wagon (V60) titles.
Single category wins went to BMW in Prestige Sedan (740 Li xDrive Diesel), Mazda in Compact Hatchback (Mazda3 Sport), Nissan in Cargo Minivan (NV200), Subaru in Crossover Hybrid (XV Crosstrek Hybrid) and VW in Wagon (Golf Sportwagon).
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