COLOGNE, Germany – An independent study has found that the Ford Galaxy holds its value better than any other MPV currently available in the German market.
The annual study, carried out by Auto Bild – Europe’s largest motoring magazine – in conjunction with independent German resale values expert Schwacke, looks at the residual values of around 28,000 passenger cars. The aim is to identify the vehicles that will have the lowest rate of depreciation over the next four years.
For the second year in a row, the Ford Galaxy, powered by a 2.0-litre Duratec petrol engine, producing 145 PS, has been found to hold its value better than any other vehicle in its category and has therefore been granted the title of “Wertmeister 2012”, or Value Champion.
Wolfgang Booms, managing director, Marketing Sales & Service, Ford of Germany, accepted the award at a ceremony in Berlin. He said: ”We are very pleased to receive this accolade because it demonstrates that we not only build cars that are good looking, but also that are equipped with the latest technology and have a quality that guarantees the most stable values.”
Value Champions 2012
The residual value forecasts used by Auto Bild and Schwacke take account of a wide variety of parameters, including general economic developments, new legislation and guidelines as well as consumer trends. They also focus on brand and model specific aspects such as product concept, design, specifications, trim lines, optional features, price, behaviour, running costs, product quality, volume and segment planning, vehicle age and its life-cycle.
The Value Champions 2012 were identified in 11 vehicle categories, ranging from “Minis” to “Large SUVs”. Each category had two champions because residual values were assessed in absolute (“lowest depreciation in Euros”) and relative (“best value retention in per cent”) terms.