Company car drivers are set to reap financial rewards by choosing the tax-busting ‘low price high-spec’ Mazda RX-8 when it goes on sale in September.
The all-new four-seater sports car is being positioned against performance derivatives of saloons and coupes from major manufacturers and this gives it an edge among other sports cars in the company car stakes.
As a result the £20,000 ‘standard power’ Mazda RX-8 pumping out 192 PS and the £22,000 ‘high power’ derivative producing 231 PS are the tax-efficient choice for company car drivers when compared with rivals from manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Honda and Mercedes-Benz.
Designed with both fun and functionality in mind the Mazda RX-8 with its 1.3 litre rotary engine is a high-performance sports car featuring a unique freestyle door system allowing easy access to the rear two seats with comfortable seating for four adults.
Standard equipment on both models includes 18-inch alloy wheels, ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution, driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags, climate control air conditioning and a BOSE Premium Audio sound system with nine speakers and a six CD auto-changer.
Jeremy Thomson, Mazda’s fleet and remarketing director, said: ‘There is no doubt that the Mazda RX-8 is a unique high-performance sports car. However, one of the key features of the vehicle is that it is a true four-seater sports car and, therefore, we are positioning the vehicle against coupes and saloons from other manufacturers.
‘I expect the Mazda RX-8 to be both aspirational and desirable in the company car parc where image counts. Its design – including room for four adults and plenty of luggage – means that unlike traditional coupes there is no compromise on space.
‘As a result of that market positioning, and the ultra-competitive price of both models, the Mazda RX-8 is a tax winner. Not only is the driver reducing their tax bill by choosing it but the Fleet Manager is saving their company money by choosing the Mazda.’