All new cars launched must meet Euro IV emission standards from 1 January, 2005 so the arrival of Mazda’s ‘green’ cars puts the manufacturer significantly ahead of its chief fleet rivals.
With the tax supplement removed all Mazda6 four and five-door diesels fall into the 18% company car tax bracket compared to the 21% bracket prior to the arrival of Euro IV engines.
That means that the basic rate taxpayer at the wheel of the entry-level 2.0 121 PS 5dr S will save £95.17 a year in tax, while the driver opting for the estate derivative of the same model will save £101.77 a year in tax. Meanwhile, a basic rate taxpayer choosing a 2.0 136 PS 4dr/5dr TS2 will save £114.97 a year in tax.
By choosing a Euro IV diesel-engined Mazda6 as their company car employees will save themselves around £300 or more in tax over the typical three year/60,000 mile replacement cycle.
Not only will company car drivers reduce their benefit-in-kind tax bills, but also as a consequence businesses will save on National Insurance Contributions by selecting cars that meet Euro IV diesel emission standards. In addition drivers whose employers pay for fuel for private use will pay a lower fuel scale charge, which is also based on vehicle CO2 emissions.
David McGonigle, Mazda’s fleet and remarketing director, said: ‘The Mazda6 has already seen massive sales success in the UK company car marketplace. The arrival of Euro IV approved diesel engines now makes the proposition even stronger.
‘The launch of ‘cleaner’ diesel engines in the Mazda6 puts us significantly ahead of the majority of our rivals which can’t offer company car drivers the tax-savings benefits that we can.
‘The Mazda6 has been a sensational hit with fleets because of its all-round value-for-money offering and the arrival of the Euro IV diesel engine makes the range offering even more compelling.’Published 21 September 2003