The all-new Mazda6 has the lowest low speed crash repair cost of any mid-size car, according to Insurance Australia Group.
IAG represents NRMA Insurance in NSW and QLD, RACV, SGIO (WA) and SGIC (SA).
The IAG low speed crash test, which replicates hitting a car at 30km/h or a solid barrier at 15km/h, found that the cost of repairing the Mazda6 was only $3013, including parts and labour.
This compares with the IAG findings for other medium cars in the 2002 Low Speed Crash Test Results, which shows the Mazda6’s rivals to be between $835 and $1890 more expensive to repair.
The test found that the the Subaru Liberty RX cost $3848 to repair, the Toyota Camry Altise 2.4 cost $3860, while the Holden Vectra GL cost $4903.
The Mazda6’s repair bill is just 8.9 per cent of the car’s purchase price, in this case a $33,785 Classic automatic sedan.
As a percentage of their overall cost the Liberty was closest to the Mazda6’s low figure, with its $3848 repair bill representing 9.9 per cent of the Subaru’s $38,890 purchase price, while the Camry’s repair bill represents 13.5 per cent of its $28,490 price. The Holden Vectra $4903 bill is 16.9 per cent of its $29.070 purchase price.
Of the nine medium and large cars tested by IAG, which included the Honda Accord V6 and Holden Commodore in the 2002 survey, only one car, the locally-made Ford Falcon, had a lower repair figure than the Japanese-built Mazda6.
The cost of servicing the Mazda6, which went on sale in September, has also improved considerably compared with the superseded 626.
The scheduled service time for the first three years or 60,000km for a manual Mazda6 Classic has been reduced by 50 per cent from 12.8 hours to just 6.4 hours.
The reduction in service time has helped slash the cost of ownership over the first three years by 36 per cent.
The managing director of Mazda Australia, Malcolm Gough said: “The Mazda6’s low repair bill and impressive reduction in the cost of ownership add considerable class-leading appeal to this all-new car, which already stands out with first class performance, style and on-road dynamics”.
The Mazda6 achieved its low crash repair figure by incorporating a front-end impact absorbing system consisting of a bumper beam, crash cans and impact absorbing pads. This system is standard across the Mazda6 range.
The low speed crash test involves a specifically designed pendulum colliding with the front of a car. Testing takes place at the NRMA Insurance Technical Research Centre in Artarmon, NSW.