'We're holding solid orders with deposits on almost 5,000 examples. This car is already an outstanding success. It has had such an impact that we are confident sales will explode over the next few months,' said UK operations director Andrew Lester. Corporate buyers account for 35% of the firm order bank for the car.
But Lester said: 'I suspect this will change dramatically as the S-type goes on to the policy lists and in the weeks following launch. Initially, the corporate sector will take take 65% of UK supply - but after seeing the predicted Emmox figures on residual values (56% after three years/60,000 miles) that proportion could rise to 80%'.