Ford Galaxy identified as holding its value better than any vehicle in its segment
Independent study by Auto Bild and Schwacke looked at the residual values of 28,000 passenger cars in Germany
Galaxy is named Value Champion for the second year in a row
COLOGNE, Germany, Dec. 9, 2011 – An independent study has found that the Ford Galaxy holds its value better than any other MPV available in the German market.
The annual study by Auto Bild, Europe’s largest motoring magazine, and Schwacke, independent resale value experts, reviewed the residual values of approximately 28,000 passenger cars to determine the vehicles projected to have the lowest rate of appreciation over the next four years.
For the second straight year, the Ford Galaxy, powered by a 2.0-litre Duratec petrol engine, producing 107 kW/145 PS, has been named “Wertmeister” or Value Champion, the award given to vehicles that hold their value better than all others in their category.
“This is very gratifying because it means customers see value in Ford and the Galaxy,” said Wolfgang Booms, managing director, Marketing Sales & Service, Ford of Germany, who accepted the award at a ceremony in Berlin. “The value comes from our commitment to high quality, smart technology and great design.”
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 eleven 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.