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By Joe Duarte     Feb 20, 2014 in Technology
Stuttgart - Mercedes-Benz has come out the big winner in awards presented by an annual German report, netting three class honors and the two overall titles.
The awards are presented as part of the annual DEKRA Used Car Report. DEKRA is a German-based safety standards company specializing in automotive and industrial inspection and certification, and personnel training and certification. It is Germany’s largest vehicle inspection company and third largest in the world.
For 2014, German models took top honors in six of the nine vehicle classes, and Mercedes-Benz models took home the “Best of All Classes” award for its mid-sized E-Class, as well as the “Car of the Year” for the compact B-Class hatchback.
The “Best of All Classes” is awarded to the vehicle (in any class), that achieves the best evaluation scores across all mileage ranges. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class’ score of 93.5 DFI (for DEKRA Fault Index) beat out the Audi Q5 compact sport utility vehicle (91.0 DFI) and the Audi A5 mid-sized coupe/convertible/sedan (88.1 DFI).
The DFI is calculated by taking the percentage of vehicles reported with “significant faults” and deducting the percentage of those “without relevant faults.” It is based on 15 million primary vehicle inspections over the previous two years, and does not take into account typical problems attributed to maintenance, such as worn tires or defective side mirrors, which are deemed to be owner-created problems rather than construction-related flaws.
The mileage categories reflect an emphasis on vehicle use, rather than its age, in respect to its susceptibility to faults. Vehicles are grouped into three categories—0-50,000 km, 50,001-100,000 km and 100,001-150,000 km.
The “Car of the Year” is presented to the vehicle that attains the best single DFI value. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class attained a 99.2 score in claiming the MPV class, and topped the Volvo S60/V60’s 98.7 DFI in topping the Medium class and the E-Class (97.4 DFI in capturing Upper Medium class honors).
“Our Used Car Report acts as a guideline for potential used car buyers. It provides detailed information about the typical faults of particular models. At the same time, it ranks each vehicle in relation to similar models in the same market segment,” says Dr. Gerd Neumann, Member of the Management Board of DEKRA Automobil GmbH, who is responsible for the area of testing and inspection. “With this special form of evaluation, we can ensure that our statistics incorporate primarily faults specific to used cars. Both this and the lower limit for the number of units contribute to the statistically informative value of our report. Figures for a particular model are only displayed in the report if we have checked at least 1,000 vehicles of this model in the relevant mileage range over the evaluation period.”
In addition to its B-Class and E-Class wins (in MPV and Upper Medium/Upper classes, respectively), Mercedes-Benz also took SUV honors with its compact GLK scoring 95.0 BFI. BMW took two class awards—the 1 Series in the Compact class with a score of 96.8 BFI, and the Z4 roadster/coupe in Sports Cars with a score of 97.2. The other German win came courtesy of the Mini/Small Car class from the Audi A1 with a score of 96.4 BFI.
Including each of the three mileage ranges for each class, German marques ended up taking top honors in 20 of the 27 categories.
Other winners (with corresponding BFI scores) were the Volvo S60/V60 (98.7) in the Medium class, the Skoda Roomster in Small Vans (a new category for 2014) and the Renault Master (83.1) in Vans.
The 2014 DEKRA Used Car Report also included for the first time, a ranking of models no longer available as new cars but still relevant in the used car market, especially those buyers on smaller household budgets.
Results of the 2014 DEKRA Used Car Report are available online and also as a free app for the iPhone, iPad and android Smartphones.
Formed in 1925 as Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein (German Motor Vehicle Inspection Association), DEKRA’s automotive arm is responsible for inspection, testing, crash analysis and insurance claim appraisals, among other services.
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