Mr McGonigle said: ‘Given the value projections of a year ago, and the used car prices currently being achieved, we believe residual values will be higher than currently forecasted.’
Meanwhile, on typical fleet replacement cycles of three years/60,000 miles, CAP Monitor future residual value predictions are buoyant for the Mazda6, which suffers less depreciation than many of its rivals.
For example, the £13,330 entry-level 1.8 S 5dr is predicted to depreciate by £8,880 over three years/60,000 miles against the £10,435 ‘lost’ by the more expensive Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 LS and £9,155 ‘lost’ by the £13,830 Toyota Avensis 1.8 VVT-i T2.
Similarly the £15,420 Mazda6 2.0D TS 121 PS which is now Euro4 emission approved, will depreciate by £10,495 over three years/60,000 miles compared with the £11,690 ‘lost’ by the rival £16,465 Vauxhall Vectra 2.0 DTi SXi.
Mr McGonigle said: ‘A combination of ultra-competitive list prices and strong residual values means the Mazda6 is an enticing package for fleet managers and company car drivers as well as private buyers. Customers who are choosing the Mazda6 are making the choice in the knowledge that there is significant demand for the vehicle in the used car market.
‘Meanwhile, buyers of nearly-new Mazda6 models from our dealers know that they are driving a car that will lose less money than many of its rivals under their ownership.
‘For drivers the Mazda6 epitomises the Mazda brand, with sports styling and exhilarating dynamics with practicality and value that’s unrivalled in the upper medium sector.’
Standard equipment across the Mazda6 range includes air conditioning or climate control, driver, passenger, side and roof airbags and ABS brakes with EBD.Published 4 October 2003