Mazda RX-8

Fleets can slash operating costs by thousands of pounds on premium and senior management cars by choosing the eagerly-awaited and radically-styled and engineered Mazda RX-8 ahead of its rivals, according to residual value and wholelife cost calculations.

Mazda’s price and specification positioning of the Mazda RX-8 means that residual value experts at Glass’s Guide and cost per mile calculations from Emmox put the all-new four-seater, four-door sports car top of the class against its competitors.

On sale from November with over 1,000 pre-sold, the Mazda RX-8 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 crucial company car operating costs stakes.

As a result the £20,000 192ps Mazda RX-8 and the £22,000 231ps derivative are the cost-efficient choice for fleet decision-makers when compared with rivals from manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Honda, Subaru, Toyota and Vauxhall.

Both models, say residual value experts at Glass’s Guide, will retain 49% of their value after three years/60,000 miles. That means that the entry-level Mazda RX-8, due to its ultra-competitive list price, will ‘lose’ just £10,174 during its fleet life, which puts the car ahead of a host of rivals which cost both more to buy and more to run.

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Published : 20/08/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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