According to the latest data from CAP, the new Mazda6 'Business Line' model will retain 34 per cent of its £18,130 P11D value at the three year/60,000 mile threshold, 4.5 percentage points above the average for its direct competitor set.
The first time that Mazda has introduced a model specifically targeted at fleets, the Mazda6 Business Line is available as model, adding a Sanyo TomTom satellite navigation, Bluetooth and 17inch wheels to the standard model specification.
Jeff Knight, editor of Monitor-Cars, CAP's residual value guide, said: "Not only has Mazda launched a desirable model for company car drivers, it has succeeded in adding equipment which also has kerb appeal in the future used car market.
"Tangible items of specification such as satellite navigation, larger alloy wheels and increasingly Bluetooth are valued by second buyers hence the improved residual value."
Other standard-fit equipment of the Mazda6 Business Line include: Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) as well as front, side and curtain airbags, cruise control and dual-zone climate control air conditioning.
The Mazda6 Business Line fits into the 20 per cent benefit in kind tax bracket for 2011/12 with emissions of 138g/km.
The three most popular colours selected by company car drivers are available for the Mazda6 Business Line: Black Mica, Sunlight Silver Metallic and Stormy Blue Mica.
Mazda expects to sell 500 Mazda6 Business Line models during the remainder of 2011, with initial delivers beginning in late summer.
Mazda Fleet and Remarketing Director Steve Jelliss said: "We anticipated a strong residual value for the 'Business Line' model and we are delighted that CAP has reached the same conclusion.
"Drivers choosing the new Mazda6 'Business Line' model will pay just £60.43 a month if a basic rate taxpayer or £120.87 a month if a higher rate taxpayer. That represents fantastic value-for-money for a fun-to-drive car with the style, performance and features of our most successful fleet model.
"With the excellent residual value contributing to very competitive contract hire rates for the 'Business Line' model, the car offers a compelling proposition compared to its rivals.
"As a result, with this well equipped, fleet focused Mazda6 model, we are anticipating significant incremental sales."
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