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Ford Takes Many Honors in This Year’s Vincentric Fleet Awards

In another win for the Blue Oval, Ford's new Maverick compact hybrid pickup, the Maverick, as well as its commercial electric and standard vans like the Transit Connect, the Transit, and E-Transit, have won major awards from Vincentric.

Ford has had an enviable run in this year’s Vincentric Best Fleet Value awards, as several truck models have taken top honors. For example, the extremely popular compact pickup, the Ford Maverick XL Hybrid, dominated the small pickup category.

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Meantime, the Transit Connect, the automaker’s small commercial cargo van, took honors in both the small commercial passenger and small commercial van segments.

According to the Ford Authority, one of the leading sources of information on the internet, Ford’s Super Duty line won the full-sized three-quarter and one-ton segments.

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The Ford Transit, Ford’s full-sized cargo van, was the leader in three different categories:

  • The full-sized one-ton van category
  • The full-sized half-ton cargo van category
  • The full-sized three-quarter-ton van category

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Vincentric also lauded the electric version of the Transit, Ford’s E-Transit van whose “electrified brethren” joined the winners. The Ford Authority (TFA) also noted that the E-Transit “has also been recognized for representing an excellent value for fleet owners.”

Meantime, the Ford E-Transit – “more specifically, the 350 Cargo LR 130 WB version of the EV van” – was honored as it “topped the full-size one-ton cargo segment in the 2023 Best Fleet Value in America by winning 15 or 26 measured life-cycle cost scenarios while also providing the best efficiency in its class and the lowest maintenance costs, beating out 14 competitors in the process,” says TFA.

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“The Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America Awards guide fleet professionals by identifying vehicles that will bring proven value to their fleets,” Vincentric President David Wurster told TFA. “Managing costs is a critical part of fleet management, and our awards give valuable insight into which vehicles offer the lowest lifecycle costs in their segments.”

To define its winners, Vincentric “performed a cost of ownership analysis” that looked at more than 2,000 “vehicle configurations based on typical fleet use,” noted TFA.

Cost Factors Explained

Vincentric accomplished this by also “using eight different cost factors:”

  • Depreciation
  • Fees and taxes
  • Financing
  • Fuel
  • Insurance
  • Maintenance
  • Opportunity cost
  • Repairs

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Each vehicle studied was “evaluate in all 50 states plus Washington D.C. using 28 different life-cycle scenarios.” The winners were then “identified by determining which had the lowest fleet” life-cycle cost in the most scenarios within its segment,” TFA concluded.

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Marc Stern has been an automotive writer since 1971 when an otherwise normal news editor said, “You're our new car editor," and dumped about 27 pounds of auto stuff on my desk. I was in heaven as I have been a gearhead from my early days. As a teen, I spent many misspent hours hanging out at gas stations (a big thing in my youth) and working on cars. From there on, it was a straight line to my first column for the paper "You Auto Know," an enterprise I handled faithfully for 32 years. Only a few people know that I also handled computer documentation for most of my earnings while writing YAN. My best writing, though, was always in cars. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, etc. You can follow me on: Twitter or Facebook.