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After which I will get a 350Z preordered. If Mazda doesn't want to inform its customers about the RX8, well they will lose my business. The Z is sounding better day by day, and Nissan seems more dedicated to its customers. The Last that anyones heard from Mazda was last January I believe.
Has anybody actually written to Mazda to try to pry answers out of them and tell them that were are being turned off by the lack of information? I loved it when i first found it, I like it now, but I continue to get more and more turned off by it for misc reasons.
If I can get a reasonable list of questions I will write to Mazda, make up a template for others to write to Mazda and then we can overhaul the questions to them, making sure that we have our opinions heard/count.
ya same here, this lack of information is just annoying. Throw us a bone... anything... rumors... status... would not require a full scale marketing effort, just a PR rep treating future customers right. At the rate things are going, I would be getting this car due to it's unique design... however, if there was any other similar car with friendlier customer service available, I would be more inclined towards that instead.
Well, I just pinged mazdausa.com with email asking for convrete information on release date and pricing, or at least some idea of when such information might be available. I also mentioned that I plan on purchasing a new sport sedan after I graduate, but that the lack of information on the RX-8 made considering that car difficult.
This is the reply I got from MazdaUSA in response to my query:
We, at Mazda, are excited about the release of the all-new 2004 Mazda RX-8. The Renesis rotary in the RX-8 is a newly designed engine that produces an inspiring 250 horsepower and redlines at an amazing 9,000 rpm. The all-new RX-8 is currently scheduled for release in late Spring of 2003. Unfortunately, we don't have specific pricing information on this vehicle at this time. However, the approximate price will be around $30,000. Please keep in mind that this information is tentative and, thus, is subject to change.
Your reply is almost verbatim from a replay I received on 3/25/02. Here's my paragraph:
"We, at Mazda, are excited about the release of the all-new 2004 Mazda
RX-8. The Renesis rotary in the RX-8 is a newly designed engine that
produces an inspiring 250 horsepower and redlines at an amazing 9,000
rpm. The all-new RX-8 is currently scheduled for release in late Spring
of 2003. Unfortunately, we don't have any specific pricing information
on this vehicle at this time. However, the approximate price will be
around $30,000. I hope this information is helpful!
We appreciate your interest in the 2004 Mazda RX-8. Zoom-Zoom!"
So they apparently have a canned email they respond with and it hasn't been updated since late March. Come on Mazda. Why so secretive?
Originally posted by sac22223 After which I will get a 350Z preordered. If Mazda doesn't want to inform its customers about the RX8, well they will lose my business. The Z is sounding better day by day, and Nissan seems more dedicated to its customers.
Are you aware that the 350z goes on sale in a few *weeks* and the RX-8 is almost a *year* away? How could you possibly compare the two?
"You just have to make it until August 2002 to vie for the Z®"
The RX-8, as noted below is scheduled for late spring of 2003! That's May/June of next year!
I read in the July 22nd issue of Business Week that Lewis Booth/Mazda will release the RX-8 at a starting price of $20,000. The article is about the Nissan Z, and the only mention of the RX-8 is when writers criticize the Z for being a little too expensive. You can read the article here:
Then again "around $20k" could also be up in the 25k range... remember it's still too early to tell about pricing. That and this is the first article (to my knowledge) that has the RX-8 price to have a starting price that low.... just a thought-
$20K would be very nice. I could see a base model being as low as 20K and the tricked out version being 30K. You see lots of cars with that kind of spread. The article never quotes Mr. Booth about that price though and seems more like speculation on the authors part.
But competition is heating up among midrange sports cars, even as demand has fallen in the past decade. In that shrinking market, the Z's price tag may yet prove a liability. "There's not much point in launching a car at an uncompetitive price," snipes Lewis Booth, CEO of Mazda Motor Corp., whose RX-8 sports car, to be launched next year, is expected to start at about $20,000.
If it ain't a rotor, it ain't a motor!
I think the author of that article was simply speculating with the cost. It looks very clear to me that Mr. Booth was not being directly quoted at the end of that paragraph.
On the flip side, can you imagine how many base models of this car they could sell if pricing started even @ $22k for a bare bones car? They couldn't build enough of them. That would undercut the RSX type S, and even a highly equipped MINI Cooper S.
I still anticipate a nicely equipped RX-8 to tag @ $28k with 6 speed, 18"wheels and a sunroof. That's my threshold right now.
$20K sounds too low. The closest competitors I see are the 350Z and WRX, which start at $26000 and $24000, respectively. I'd expect pricing similar to those cars.
Mazda hasn't mentioned anything about pricing so far, so all we have is speculation. However, the author of the Road and Track article came to the conclusion that $26-30 was the expected range. Anything too far below that would make it difficult for Mazda to keep up with demand and anything too far above would have potential customers looking elsewhere.
i think writing mazda with a serious list of questions is a good idea. the problem with that is if they answer us with the same press release that we have all seen over and over or with the canned email reply. that reply sounds alot like the 2 or 3 conversations i have had over the phone with their customer relations department. why are they afarid to give us a little more info? especially those of us who have already put deposits down.