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Mazda RX-8, Coupe
May 17, 2004 (9:18 am)
Most of the vehicles (Crossfire, Thunderbird, S2000, G35 Coupes) you compared the RX-8 sales too are limited in their production so obviously they won't out sell on numbers. I believe the Corvette is the only vehicle you mentioned that actually produces 30K cars annually - matching the number of the RX-8s. The rest of the cars had a much lower number of vehicles to be produced. Of course,the C6s are coming out and even with incentives, most enthusiasts want to wait. That explains the Corvettes' lag in sales.
Judging by buckeye3d's invoice purchase price in Ohio, the RX-8s are not selling so well that dealers don't have to discount it. To be fair to the 350Z, I've seen a lot more of those on the road (or parked) than I have RX-8s...at least in my area (even though the RX-8 is a better vehicle). However, I did see a nice blue one this weekend for the first time. It will be interesting to see the bottom line when Mazda comes out with the 2005 version of the RX-8 so you can get a better idea about the direction they are headed.
May 18, 2004 (7:20 am)
so what comparable vehicles should we compare sales to? buick? lol
I don't think mazda is planning on building 30K RX-8's for the US market....I believe the US number was around 18K units for 2004. Jan-April they have sold 8234.
May 19, 2004 (6:48 am)
That's the number I remember for North America....18K. They are just getting into the "hot sales" months of Spring/Summer. From what I've read, Mazda considers the RX8 a smashing success.
May 19, 2004 (8:46 am)
If you are going to make any comparision at all, just make it with competitors that have relatively the same production output of vehicles. It's rather meaningless to say they have more total sales when they produce at least 4000 to 8000 more vehicles than a Thunderbird, Crossfire, S2000, unless you are doing it on a percentage basis. Plus, most of the vehicles you mentioned aren't going to have as wide of a market since they are less practical (being two-seat convertibles) than what the RX-8 offers. I just don't see the sense in comparing total sales to prove the RX-8 is a competitive car.
Anyway, maybe 30K was North America. I saw the number in a few articles but they never specfied. However, the number you state is 8,234 just in one quarter. Is that U.S. sales? That sure seems like an annual production of 30K vehicles if it is.
#395 of 903 RX-8 Lease
Jun 08, 2004 (4:38 pm)
I'm interested in leasing an RX-8 with the following specs:
- Grand Touring Package
- Appearance Package
- Rear Spolier
- 36 month lease
- 12,000 miles per year
- $0 down
What do you think would be a fair monthly payment?
Jun 15, 2004 (9:37 am)
K, so I'm about to finally get my new 8. Best price I have thus far is 26990 for a black 6 speed with sport package, appearance package, rotary accent package, and 6-disc changer. The dealer claims this is invoice. Anyone live in an area of the country where I could do better? Thanks in advance guys (and, of course, gals).
Jun 16, 2004 (10:40 am)
Jump on it......
#398 of 903 Re: RX-8 Lease [danmiz #395]
Jun 28, 2004 (10:09 am)
I just got mine - same as what you want - with $7,000 down and will pay $386 a month. I live in Maryland.
Jun 28, 2004 (12:01 pm)
Are you buying or leasing? With $7000.00 down, I sure hope you are buying the vehicle.