Depreciation is the single biggest cost facing fleet decision-makers, but they can cut their losses by more than £1,700 against some rivals by selecting the Mazda3.
Top-notch residual values underpin competitive whole life costs across the Mazda range and, together with wallet-friendly benefit-in-kind tax bills, these residual values have combined to bring resounding success for the brand in the UK fleet market.
Latest residual value three year/60,000 forecasts from experts at CAP Monitor reveal that Mazda’s newest model, the lower medium sector Mazda3, significantly outperforms more established rivals with corporate business running at record levels.
Mazda fleet and remarketing director David McGonigle said: "Mazda has been hugely successful in establishing itself in the fleet sector through a fast-growing reputation for innovative styling, high levels of build quality, excellent reliability and low operating costs. The trend was established by the Mazda6, followed with the Mazda RX-8 and is now being continued by the Mazda3.
"The latest residual value projections show that the Mazda3 is excellent value-for-money with residual value savings to be made against long-established fleet opposition.
"Such savings will please fleet operators who are consistently under pressure from boards of directors to reduce operating costs. Meanwhile, our value-for-money policy, underlined by some of the lowest front-end prices in the sector, will attract company car drivers to the model."
The Mazda3 1.6 TS is the fleet favourite and CAP Monitor predicts the model, which has a taxable benefit of £12,617, will retain £4,550 of its new price after three years/60,000 miles, thus ‘costing’ fleets £8,067 to operate over its lifecycle.
That compares, for example, with the recently launched Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Club that, with a higher list price, will retain just £4,325 of its value after three years/60,000 thus costing companies £940 more to operate. Meanwhile, the equivalent Peugeot 307 will cost fleets a staggering £1,720 more over the same replacement cycle.
The same best-selling Mazda3 1.6 TS also sees off a host of other rival models including the Renault Megane (saving £635), Honda Civic (saving £545) and Volkswagen Golf (saving £500).
The Mazda3 1.6D TS is equally impressive, holding 35 per cent of its P11D value to return a residual of £5,125 at three years/60,000 to cost fleets £9,522.
That compares with the equivalent Peugeot 307 1.6 HDI SE, which is predicted to cost fleets £1,370 more than the Mazda3, while the Vauxhall Astra 1.7 CDTI Club will cost fleets £545 more than the Mazda.
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