Class leading residual values have been predicted by CAP Monitor for the new Mazda6 that goes on sale in the UK next month.

CAP Monitor has predicted a best in sector residual value of 35%, based on three years and 60,000 miles. This compares well with the rival new Vauxhall (Opel) Vectra at 32% and VW's Passat (32%) and is way ahead of the dull looking and driving 626 predecessor. In contrast, the 6 has attracted excellent early reviews in the UK motoring press.

"Mazda has clearly moved on in terms of style and image with the 6, which is likely to be rewarded with improved residual values over the outgoing 626," said CAP Monitor's Jeff Knight.

The 6 has also attracted class-leading insurance groupings due to a 'Thatcham 1' security rating and low repair costs: the 1.8 model is in group 7E, the 2.0-litre in 9E and the 2.3-litre in 13E.

Front end impact repair costs have been reduced by 50% compared to the out-going 626 due to no welding being required in repairs and lower parts prices.
Mazda's new wholly-owned distributor - Mazda UK - expects that the 6's longer service intervals - 12,500 miles - reduced servicing costs will make 'whole life costs' for the new model more attractive to the fleet buyers who account for the bulk of car sales.

"We knew the 6 was going to be good in terms of whole life costs," said fleet and remarketing director Jeremy Thomson, "but this has exceeded our expectations.
"We also expect to see Service, maintenance and repair (SMR) budgets fall by £500; the result will be some of the best contract hire rentals of any car in this sector."