Car buyers in Bedford have shown their collective appreciation for something out of the ordinary as the town’s 100th Mazda RX-8 in 2004 was sold by local dealership Priory Mazda this week.
Paula Croucher, a sales executive from the franchise at Pioneer Park, Ampthill Road, handed over the car, famous for its unique rotary engine and clever freestyle rear-door system, to Susan Woodman of Collesden. As well as her stylish new vehicle, Mrs Woodman was also presented with a complimentary bouquet of flowers and bottle of champagne by the dealership to mark the special occasion.
“It’s great to be the 100th RX-8 buyer in Bedford,” commented Mrs Woodman. “The design of the car is so original that I just had to have one. I am also looking forward to putting the rotary engine through its paces!”
The Mazda RX-8 has been a huge success story for the Japanese manufacturer both domestically and globally, with over 8,000 units sold so far in the UK this year and the 100,000th example rolling off the production line in Hiroshima last month. It has also amassed many major motoring awards, winning ‘Best Coupé’ titles from What Car?, Top Gear and Auto Express magazines in the last 10 months alone.
Matthew Hawkes, sales manager of Priory Mazda Bedford, said: “It’s not a surprise to me that the RX-8 has been such a hit in Bedford and throughout the world. Mazda has been enjoying an amazing renaissance period since 2002.
“With its original styling and excellent handling, the Mazda RX-8 is a great car for the company to have as its flagship model and could well become a classic.”
Mrs Woodman purchased a Mazda RX-8 192ps model, which is priced very competitively at just £20,100 on-the-road.
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