ALG has released its annual Resale Value Awards. For 2012, Subaru took home the home the honor of being the top mainstream brand, while Lexus nabbed the top luxury automaker designation. ALG says that once again, Japanese automakers have performed better than their American and European counterparts when it comes to resale. Of the 21 total ALG awards, 11 went to Japanese manufacturers, though Audi bucked that trend by being the single automaker to take home the most awards. Domestic manufacturers, meanwhile, are scarcely represented in the honors. Only the GMC Acadia and Jeep Wrangler received nods for 2012.

ALG weighs each vehicle based on past performance, industry trends and segment competition. There were some surprises for 2012 – interestingly enough, ALG skipped the Toyota Prius in the hybrid/alternative powertrain segment in favor of the Volkswagen Golf TDI, and the Subaru Legacy took home the nod in the mid-sized category instead of either the Honda Accord or the Toyota Camry. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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ALG's Annual Residual Value Awards Recognize Subaru and Lexus as Top Brands

Japanese brands continue to lead with 11 of 21 ALG awards

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., November 16, 2011 -- ALG, a subsidiary of TrueCar, Inc., and the industry benchmark for residual values and depreciation data, today announced its 13th Annual Residual Value Awards, with Subaru and Lexus earning the awards for top mainstream and luxury brands, respectively. Japanese models continued their overall dominance, winning 11 of the 21 ALG awards.

ALG's Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles in each segment that are predicted to retain the highest percentage off their MSRP after a conventional three-year period.

"Residual value is a great indicator of brand strength which in turn contributes to greater sales and profitability," said Raj Sundaram for ALG. "We have seen a strong focus this year on producing high-quality products with great pricing and packaging delivering real value for vehicle buyers."

In a highly competitive marketplace, the 2012 awards recognize those brands that are committed to improving residuals by delivering superior products to customers..

This year's awards are based on 2012 model year vehicles, and winners were chosen after a careful evaluation of vehicle criteria, including segment competition, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. The complete list of winners can be found at: https://www.alg.com/ResidualValueAwards

Subaru of America won the Mainstream Brand Residual Value Award, landing at the top of the segment for the third year in a row. Two Subaru models also received individual segment awards: the Legacy (in the Midsize Car category) and the Outback (Midsize Utility Vehicle category).

"The consistently high quality of Subaru products, and the brand's ability to remain progressive and practical in their redesigns, continue to draw fiercely loyal customers," said Mr. Sundaram. "With high sales, Subaru consistently has low incentives and fleet sales, which have enhanced the brand's used value and helped it hold on to the top spot among mainstream brands again this year."

Lexus, a division of Toyota Motor North America, Inc., claims the top ranking among luxury brands for the first time since 2007. The Lexus CT 200h also won the Luxury Hybrid/Alternative Powertrain segment.

"Lexus has fully bounced back from its recent challenges, proving that it is one of the strongest brands," said Mr. Sundaram. "The brand is extending its reach with exciting and affordable new models like the CT 200h, while continuing to provide great luxury and value across the lineup. Lexus' reputation for value and customer service is also key to its dominance among luxury brands."

Audi of America took home the most segment awards of any brand, winning three for the A6 (Luxury Car), the S5 (Luxury Sports Car) and the Q7 (Luxury Fullsize Utility Vehicle).

Range Rover extended its lineup to include an entry vehicle, the Range Rover Evoque, which landed at the top of the Luxury Compact Utility Vehicle segment. The brand also scored its seventh consecutive award for the Range Rover Sport in the Luxury Midsize Utility Vehicle segment.

Toyota swept the pickup categories, with the Tacoma winning the Midsize Pickup segment and the Tundra winning the Fullsize Pickup segment.

Honda was the segment winner in two mainstream categories, for the Fit (Entry Compact Car) and the Odyssey (MPV).

Domestic manufacturers earned more than one award this year, for the Jeep Wrangler (Compact Utility Vehicle segment) and the GMC Acadia (Fullsize Utility Vehicle segment).

The Volkswagen Golf TDI held on to first place in the Hybrid/Alternative Powertrain segment, while the Lexus CT 200h, boasting the highest fuel economy of any luxury vehicle, took the top spot in the Luxury Hybrid/Alternative Powertrain segment.

The remaining segment winners were the Hyundai Elantra (Mid-Compact Car), Mazda Mazdaspeed3 (Sporty Car), Mercedes-Benz C-Class (Near Luxury Car), Nissan Maxima (Fullsize Car).

Summary of 2012 Residual Value Award Winners

Mainstream Brand Subaru of America
Luxury Brand Lexus, a division of Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Segment Winners

Sub Compact Car Honda Fit
Compact Car Hyundai Elantra
Midsize Car Subaru Legacy
Fullsize Car Nissan Maxima
Sporty Car Mazdaspeed3
Alternative Powertrain Volkswagen Golf TDI
MPV Honda Odyssey
Compact Utility Jeep Wrangler
Midsize Utility Subaru Outback
Fullsize Utility GMC Acadia
Midsize Pickup Toyota Tacoma
Fullsize Pickup Toyota Tundra
Near Luxury Car Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Luxury Car Audi A6
Luxury Sportscar Audi S5
Luxury Alt-Fuel Lexus CT 200h
Luxury Compact Utility Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Luxury Midsize Utility Land Rover Ranger Rover Sport
Luxury Fullsize Utility Audi Q7


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      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you want a single car to look at check out the Mitsubishi Evolution IX (2006). My car is a 2006 model year with 53,000 miles. It blue books for $23,700 in my zip code. Retail new was $32,000 in 2006. For comparison a low mileage 2004 Corvette Z06 can be had for the same price. It's retail price was $52,185 in 2004. Funny how my little 2.0 liter 4 cylinder depreciated $8300 over 53,000 miles and 6 years. The Z06 depreciated $20,185 over 18,000 miles and 8 years. Japanese cars FTW.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
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          Miguro Takahashi
          • 3 Years Ago
          Dude, I'll admit I get bored in my general ed sociology class and post stupid comments for my amusement and to tune out my prof's droning voice but I'm really starting to think you're full of sh!t. You said you had a Lexus ISF which you use to "smoke M3s and C63s daily". Which I doubt because even here out in West Hollywood which is a nicer area than most, I don't see M3s every single day. Bentleys yes but that's because Rodeo and Wilshire has a bunch of nice shops that rich wives frequent. Now you say you have an Evo IX. Both are somewhat pricey cars. And I believe you said you had another ricer, an Acura something, that's about 6 figures worth of automobiles. Now would a person who could afford to do such a thing really be able to post so many lame comments on AB like a bored college kid taking classes set up by the American education system? I highly doubt it. I'm also starting to think you might be AcidTonic as well just like how P. Diddy also goes by Puff daddy. I don't mind arguments but I do think bullsh!t is lame. And if you really do have all those cars and still post fanboy comments on AB, well then you've got bigger problems than I think. Maybe a psychologist with an overhyped Porsche can help you out on that one.
          • 3 Years Ago
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          Where's the cheese?
          • 3 Years Ago
          If anything is overhyped, it's the GT-R which you probably masturbate to on a nightly basis. I mean yeah it does 0-60mph in about 2.8 seconds with launch control and only 3 times straight before the transmission overheats, but doesn't that get old after awhile? You keep saying you've smoked this car and that car but get a clue not everyone is going to smash the throttle when the light turns green. You don't live on a racetrack, half those people you "smoked" probably weren't even aware that you existed.
          Miguro Takahashi
          • 3 Years Ago
          Dude, cheese please don't diss the GT-R. That's the car I think I'll be able to afford in a few years that can burn some serious rubber. Of course I won't be able to afford a house after I buy one. But I'll be happy knowing I can pull up next to columbianricer in his Toyota Corolla, I mean Lexus ISF and wink at his mama when she blows me kisses while I'm doing triple digits on the speedometer from a standstill in 9 seconds or about the time columbianricer blows his load all over his pants as my shiny pearl white white GT-R flashes by. Haha, no but really cheese don't diss the Nissan, that's earned some major respect. And it's set to get a 545hp engine that does the whole 0-60 shebang in 2.7s.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        And how is this relevant to the article? How are your constant ramblings about your Evo relevant to any of AB's articles? I understand your enthusiasm for your vehicle, and I am a big fan of the Evo and Mitsubishi in general, and I'm one of the few commenters over here who doesn't bash every Japanese car out there, but nothing you say about your Evo is relevant. Do you go by the name of ColumbianRicer?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
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          Where's the cheese?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          I find it funny and suspicious that right after you name columbianricer, he posts to this thread. I guess that means this kid is more reliable than a Toyota when it comes to humping the tailpipe of every japanese car out there.
          Where's the cheese?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          SVX pearlie, you're not allowed on Autoblog anymore. Because you're making way too much sense.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
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        gtv4rudy
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea, Ford has been kinda lazy for a while. I want Ford to succeed but they have disappointed me especially their Lincoln division. They seem lost at sea for some reason with nothing wortth waiting for.
      JCamalari
      • 3 Years Ago
      Asian domination. Ford might want to pull those Fusion ads.
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nothing new with Lexus always do a good job. Good job Subaru also.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad that Subaru got ranked high. I feel as if that they're one of the more underrated brands out there, and one of the more "fun" brands and it's about time that they increase their sales. Awards like this will only help with the sales. I'm going to test drive the next WRX when it comes out.
      Jameskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am driving my first Subaru and I don't think I'll ever need anything else. The waves/smiles from almost every other Subie owner doesn't hurt either. When I got it I hated the interior, but now I appreciate its simplicity. I hope when I'm ready to trade in for another, the resale is still up there.
        JCamalari
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jameskey
        I'm with you. I don't need the tech-centric infotainment that will further reduce resale. Just give me a car that runs when I start it up. Is mildly fun to drive and will hit 200k with minimal issues.
          DyanRucar
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JCamalari
          161K on my '01 Legacy wagon, and it drives just as well as it did the day I bought it :P
      Beans
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh i own a sub and lex nice.
      Bryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      2011+ Elantra owners should be damn proud!
      howey_d
      • 3 Years Ago
      Huh. Tell this to the Hyundai dealer who offered me a whopping $23k for my 11 Legacy Limited.
      DyanRucar
      • 3 Years Ago
      <----patiently awaiting dat BRZ
      JonZeke
      • 3 Years Ago
      The C-Class is a thoroughly competent sedan that I've been actively shopping, good to see the values support glowing consumer reviews. Now to find one with an Ash grey interior and the all-important premium pack with those folding rear seats...
      ICantDrive88
      • 3 Years Ago
      I leased a 2010 Acura TSX and it held its value so well I was actually able to get out of the lease in 6 months (no money-down one) without penalty. They have it on the lot and are asking for more than I would have paid new for it!
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