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Stronger residuals for larger Fords.

Byline: Mike Torpey

BUYERS of Ford's new S-MAX and Galaxy MPVs, along with the revised Mondeo, can expect improved residual values of up to pounds 1,275, according to independent experts.

The residual value increases over three years and 60,000 miles reflect enhancements on Ford's new large car range, including styling refinements, new technologies, more efficient powertrains and advanced transmissions.

Martin Ward, manufacturer relationships manager for industry analysts CAP, says: "When looking at the new Ford S-MAX against the outgoing model side by side, the differences are obvious. Its exterior lines are sleeker and give it a bolder appearance.

"The front end has been tidied up and as a consequence is much neater and more striking.

"With the added benefit of more efficient powertrains, this vehicle is an even better proposition for new car buyers, and with a seven-seater sports car design, it will continue to appeal greatly to the used car buyer."

CAP's monitor for this month set residual values over three years and 60,000 miles for the new S-MAX at pounds 9,925 and pounds 9,475 for the Galaxy, while the Mondeo Titanium 2.0 TDCi (140PS) PowerShift Auto five-door is gauged at pounds 6,700.

This represents improvements of pounds 1,275, pounds 825 and pounds 175 respectively over outgoing models.

Take into account cleaner CO ratings, lower tax and improved fuel economy, and there are potential whole life cost savings of more than pounds 1,000 annually. Ford of Britain's fleet director Kevin Griffin says: "The new Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140PS delivers an impressive 53.3mpg combined and average CO emissions of 139g/km. This moves the Vehicle Excise Duty band from G to E and immediately saves pounds 135 on the tax disc cost over three years."

On sale this month, Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy are priced from pounds 17,295, pounds 20,645 and pounds 22,945 respectively, representing savings of up to pounds 3,400 compared with outgoing models.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 17, 2010
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