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One Dodge in Japan-dominated residual awards

by David Zatz on

ALG, which calculates residual values, has given a “highest residual value” award to a single vehicle from Chrysler, GM, and Ford, with the rest going to imports — mainly Toyota.

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Toyota easily walked away with the prize, with six cars topping their classes. Honda had three. Mercedes, amusingly, garnered a single award — for their Sprinter, which is almost alone as an established full sized commercial van with a future. Ford’s sole entry was the Transit Connect, which again is nearly unique in its segment, while GM, not surprisingly, won for its Tahoe full size SUV. BMW only showed up in Mini form; Audi only for the TT; Hyundai for the Genesis; and Lexus only for the IS.  Porsche had two entries.

Subaru, though not a huge seller in the US, garnered no less than three awards, for midsize car (Legacy), sports car (WRX), and midsize two row utility (Outback).

Dodge Charger made the list for “full size car,” a category which likely excludes “premium full size car,” where the 300 and Genesis play.

The categories appear to have been designed to allow as many automakers as possible to win somehow, then issue press releases to publicize ALG. However, residual pricing is a key element in lease profitability and, for those who trade in their cars relatively frequently, it can make a difference in the overall cost of their vehicle.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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