For example, the £21,215 Vauxhall Vectra 3.2 V6 GSi will ‘lose’ £15,508 over threeyears/60,000 mile and the £21,000 Toyota Celica 1.8 VVTLi T Sport will ‘lose’ £12,112.

Meanwhile, the range-topping Mazda RX-8 will ‘lose’ £11,215 over three years/60,000 miles, which is significantly less than rivals such as the £26,595 BMW 325i Sport, which will ‘lose’ £15,325 of its cost new over the same period, the £27,005 Honda S2000 GT, which will ‘lose’ £12,473 and the £26,000 Subaru Impreza 2.0 WRX STi, which will ‘lose’ a whopping £16,800.

The class-leading combination of low on-the-road prices and excellent residual values mean the two-car RX-8 range each have pence per mile operating cost figures which put them significantly ahead of all serious competition.

Emmox Carcost figures reveal that the 192ps model will cost 34.08p per mile to run over three years/60,000 miles taking into account depreciation, service maintenance and repair costs and fuel. That’s almost 6p a mile less than the equivalent Subaru Impreza, which over three years/60,000 miles would cost a staggering £3,540 more to run. As a result a company choosing to operate a fleet of six Mazda RX-8 192ps models will be able to operate the sixth car ‘free’.

Mazda’s newly appointed fleet and remarketing director David McGonigle said: ‘The Mazda RX-8 will definitely attract buyers from both the premium four-door saloon market as well as from the two-seat car sector. Market experts who have already driven the car tell us that it has loads of ‘wow’ factor that will get heads turning.

‘Excellent wholelife cost figures are crucial to winning fleet approval for a car and the Mazda RX-8 stands out from the opposition. Fleets choosing the Mazda RX-8 will find that over the traditional three-year/60,000 mile operating cycle the Mazda costs less to run than its competitors.’

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Published : 20/08/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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