Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com Names Winners of 2006 Best Resale Value Awards

KBB Awards Top 10, Best in Category and Best Brand for 2006



Oct 05, 2005, 01:00 ET from Kelley Blue Book

    ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com, the
 trusted resource for new- and used-vehicle information, today announced the
 2006 model year winners of its annual Best Resale Value Awards at the
 California International Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center.  These
 awards, presented as a new model year begins, recognize automakers'
 outstanding achievements in designing, engineering and producing vehicles that
 best retain their value.  Since depreciation (or loss of value) is typically
 consumers' biggest expense during the first five years of car ownership, these
 awards, like all of kbb.com's information services, are designed to help
 consumers make better car-buying decisions.
     Based on well-informed projections by Kelley Blue Book's expert staff of
 market analysts that are encapsulated in the Kelley Blue Book Residual Value
 Guide, the awards honor vehicles that are expected to have the best resale
 value after five years of ownership.  The awards are presented to the vehicle
 with the highest projected resale value in each of Kelley Blue Book's nine
 vehicle categories.  In addition, awards are presented to the Overall Top 10
 leaders in projected resale value regardless of segment, and Kelley Blue Book
 also honors the brand with the best projected resale value across its line of
 vehicles.  Low-volume vehicles and vehicles with a Manufacturer's Suggested
 Retail Price of more than $60,000 are excluded from awards consideration.
     "Today marks another milestone in Kelley Blue Book's history as we
 recognize these superior 2006 model year vehicles by presenting awards at a
 major auto show," said Paul Johnson, president and CEO for Kelley Blue Book.
 "The honored manufacturers deserve special recognition for producing vehicles
 with exceptional and sustained value."
     The 2006 model year winners of Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards
 are:
 
      2006 BEST RESALE VALUE: BRAND
      BMW and MINI (Tie)
 
      2006 BEST RESALE VALUE: CATEGORY
      SEDAN:  Honda Accord Hybrid              LUXURY:  Infiniti M45
      COUPE:  Infiniti G35 Coupe               PICKUP:  Toyota Tacoma PreRunner
      CONVERTIBLE:  Chevrolet Corvette         SPORT UTILITY:  Porsche Cayenne
      WAGON:  Subaru Outback                   VAN / MINIVAN:  Honda Odyssey
      HATCHBACK:  MINI Cooper / Toyota Prius (Tie)
 
      2006 BEST RESALE VALUE: TOP 10 (in alphabetical order)
      BMW 5 Series                             Lexus GX 470
      Chevrolet Corvette                       MINI Cooper
      Honda Accord Hybrid                      Porsche Cayenne
      Infiniti G35 Coupe                       Toyota Prius
      Infiniti M45                             Volvo XC90
      (All values based on the September/October 2005 Kelley Blue Book(R)
      Residual Value Guide).
 
     While the company's Residual Value Guide has been published since 1981,
 Kelley Blue Book established its annual Best Resale Value Awards in 2003.
 Kelley Blue Book's residual values are projections based on current vehicle
 data, market conditions for each vehicle, competition in segment, expectations
 of the future economy and the combined experience of Kelley Blue Book's team
 of market and pricing analysts.  Values reflect projected future wholesale
 pricing for clean, reconditioned vehicles at the end of a five-year lease
 period.  Kelley Blue Book's residual values are used by banks, financial
 institutions, governmental agencies and the automotive leasing industry.
     For more information about Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards,
 please visit www.kbb.com/resaleaward.
 
     About Kelley Blue Book (kbb.com)
     Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com is America's most used and trusted vehicle
 pricing, values and information resource.  The top-rated Web site provides the
 most up-to-date pricing and values for thousands of new and used vehicles,
 including the Blue Book(R) New Car Value, which reveals what people actually
 are paying for new cars.  Since 1926, car buyers and sellers have relied upon
 Kelley Blue Book for authoritative and unbiased information to make
 well-informed automotive decisions.  The company also reports vehicle prices
 and values via products and services, including the famous Blue Book(R)
 Official Guide and software products.  Car buyers have rated kbb.com No. 1 in
 overall customer satisfaction and experience, according to a survey by Keynote
 Systems.  Kbb.com also has been named the No. 1 automotive information site by
 Nielsen//NetRatings and the most visited auto site by J.D. Power and
 Associates seven years in a row.  No other medium reaches more in-market
 vehicle shoppers than kbb.com; one in every three American car buyers complete
 their research on kbb.com.
 
 

SOURCE Kelley Blue Book
    ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com, the
 trusted resource for new- and used-vehicle information, today announced the
 2006 model year winners of its annual Best Resale Value Awards at the
 California International Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center.  These
 awards, presented as a new model year begins, recognize automakers'
 outstanding achievements in designing, engineering and producing vehicles that
 best retain their value.  Since depreciation (or loss of value) is typically
 consumers' biggest expense during the first five years of car ownership, these
 awards, like all of kbb.com's information services, are designed to help
 consumers make better car-buying decisions.
     Based on well-informed projections by Kelley Blue Book's expert staff of
 market analysts that are encapsulated in the Kelley Blue Book Residual Value
 Guide, the awards honor vehicles that are expected to have the best resale
 value after five years of ownership.  The awards are presented to the vehicle
 with the highest projected resale value in each of Kelley Blue Book's nine
 vehicle categories.  In addition, awards are presented to the Overall Top 10
 leaders in projected resale value regardless of segment, and Kelley Blue Book
 also honors the brand with the best projected resale value across its line of
 vehicles.  Low-volume vehicles and vehicles with a Manufacturer's Suggested
 Retail Price of more than $60,000 are excluded from awards consideration.
     "Today marks another milestone in Kelley Blue Book's history as we
 recognize these superior 2006 model year vehicles by presenting awards at a
 major auto show," said Paul Johnson, president and CEO for Kelley Blue Book.
 "The honored manufacturers deserve special recognition for producing vehicles
 with exceptional and sustained value."
     The 2006 model year winners of Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards
 are:
 
      2006 BEST RESALE VALUE: BRAND
      BMW and MINI (Tie)
 
      2006 BEST RESALE VALUE: CATEGORY
      SEDAN:  Honda Accord Hybrid              LUXURY:  Infiniti M45
      COUPE:  Infiniti G35 Coupe               PICKUP:  Toyota Tacoma PreRunner
      CONVERTIBLE:  Chevrolet Corvette         SPORT UTILITY:  Porsche Cayenne
      WAGON:  Subaru Outback                   VAN / MINIVAN:  Honda Odyssey
      HATCHBACK:  MINI Cooper / Toyota Prius (Tie)
 
      2006 BEST RESALE VALUE: TOP 10 (in alphabetical order)
      BMW 5 Series                             Lexus GX 470
      Chevrolet Corvette                       MINI Cooper
      Honda Accord Hybrid                      Porsche Cayenne
      Infiniti G35 Coupe                       Toyota Prius
      Infiniti M45                             Volvo XC90
      (All values based on the September/October 2005 Kelley Blue Book(R)
      Residual Value Guide).
 
     While the company's Residual Value Guide has been published since 1981,
 Kelley Blue Book established its annual Best Resale Value Awards in 2003.
 Kelley Blue Book's residual values are projections based on current vehicle
 data, market conditions for each vehicle, competition in segment, expectations
 of the future economy and the combined experience of Kelley Blue Book's team
 of market and pricing analysts.  Values reflect projected future wholesale
 pricing for clean, reconditioned vehicles at the end of a five-year lease
 period.  Kelley Blue Book's residual values are used by banks, financial
 institutions, governmental agencies and the automotive leasing industry.
     For more information about Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards,
 please visit www.kbb.com/resaleaward.
 
     About Kelley Blue Book (kbb.com)
     Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com is America's most used and trusted vehicle
 pricing, values and information resource.  The top-rated Web site provides the
 most up-to-date pricing and values for thousands of new and used vehicles,
 including the Blue Book(R) New Car Value, which reveals what people actually
 are paying for new cars.  Since 1926, car buyers and sellers have relied upon
 Kelley Blue Book for authoritative and unbiased information to make
 well-informed automotive decisions.  The company also reports vehicle prices
 and values via products and services, including the famous Blue Book(R)
 Official Guide and software products.  Car buyers have rated kbb.com No. 1 in
 overall customer satisfaction and experience, according to a survey by Keynote
 Systems.  Kbb.com also has been named the No. 1 automotive information site by
 Nielsen//NetRatings and the most visited auto site by J.D. Power and
 Associates seven years in a row.  No other medium reaches more in-market
 vehicle shoppers than kbb.com; one in every three American car buyers complete
 their research on kbb.com.
 
 SOURCE  Kelley Blue Book