Vincentric Releases Canadian Diesel Analysis; Luxury Diesels Show Cost Advantages

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The Vincentric Canadian Diesel Analysis found that 12 of 34 diesel vehicles, or 35%, had lower total cost-of-ownership than their closest gasoline counterparts. The study also found that most luxury diesel vehicles (11 of 13, or 85%) were more cost-effective than their closest gasoline powered counterparts.

With 13 luxury diesel vehicles included in the study, 85% were cost-effective.

Vincentric, the leading compiler of cost-of-ownership data for the automotive industry, released its first Canadian Diesel Analysis today, in which 12 of 34 diesel vehicles measured (35%) were identified as having a lower total cost-of-ownership than their closest gasoline powered counterparts.

Of the 12 diesel vehicles with lower ownership costs than their gasoline counterparts, 11 were luxury models, including 4 vehicles each from Audi and Mercedes-Benz and 3 vehicles from BMW. With 13 luxury diesel vehicles included in the study, 85% were cost-effective. The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel was the only non-luxury vehicle to have lower ownership costs than its gasoline counterpart. The average price premium for a diesel vehicle was $5,650 with average maintenance costs $476 higher for the diesel models while diesel fuel cost savings averaged $4,005. When the costs to own and operate all 34 vehicles were taken into account, the average cost-of-ownership was $2,030 more for a diesel vehicle compared to its gasoline counterpart.

“Over the past several months we've seen the price advantage that gasoline has had over diesel fuel diminish, enhancing the fuel economy advantages of diesel vehicles,” stated Vincentric President David Wurster. “However, fuel economy is only part of the story. With total cost-of-ownership savings from only one third of the diesel models analyzed, consumers need to be informed when shopping for diesels to find the models that offer savings.”

To conduct the Canadian Diesel Analysis, Vincentric measured total cost-of-ownership using eight different cost factors: depreciation, fees & taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs. The analysis assumed vehicle ownership of five years and 25,000 annual kilometers of driving. Further information regarding this analysis and a chart showing results for all vehicles analyzed is available at http://www.vincentric.com.

About Vincentric

Vincentric provides data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry by identifying and applying the many aspects of automotive ownership costs. Vincentric data is used by organizations throughout the world including Canadian firms such as General Motors Canada, Mercedes-Benz Canada, Ford Canada, Mitsubishi Motors Canada, Chrysler Canada, Nissan Canada, and Hydro-Québec as a means of providing automotive insight to their clientele. Vincentric, LLC is a privately held automotive data compilation and analysis firm headquartered in Bingham Farms, Michigan.

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