Vehicle reliability, excellent standard safety features and a refreshing image have all contributed to Mazda being selected as a fleet supplier to CORGI - the UK’s gas safety watchdog.
Following an extensive fleet policy review CORGI (Council for Registered Gas Installers) has replaced its previous sole supply contract for its 180-strong car fleet with a triple-badge policy.
The recently launched Mazda3 diesel and the award-winning Mazda6 diesel are now on the CORGI vehicle choice list alongside models from Honda and Skoda following the ending of the Citroen-only policy.
The all-diesel fleet, which is operated on a four-year/85,000-mile replacement cycle, will continue to be contract hired through Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions. CORGI inspectors, who investigate gas safety related complaints from the public and inspect gas installations across the UK, managers and directors will drive the vehicles.
Company secretary Phillippa Caine, who is in charge of the fleet policy, said: "Mazda is a refreshing brand, which is establishing itself as a serious fleet player and has brought something new to the company car sector.
"Mazda cars have a history of excellent reliability which is crucial for our inspectors. Every time a vehicle is off the road they are unable to carry out their work and that can have a major impact on gas safety."
Needless to say CORGI’s fleet policy is heavily influenced by safety features on vehicles and Phillippa said both the Mazda3 and Mazda6 were impressive with standard equipment including ABS and an array of standard airbags meeting fleet policy requirements.
Mazda fleet and remarketing director David McGonigle said: "Being selected by CORGI as one of three vehicle suppliers ahead of more established fleet players is a tremendous coup for Mazda as we raise our corporate sector profile."
The Mazda3 possesses one of the lower medium segment’s best safety packages with anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA), dual stage driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, seatbelts with pretensioners and load-limiters, and collapsible steering column and brake pedal.
The Mazda3 is powered by a 1.6-litre 109ps diesel engine with a tax-efficient Euro-IV unit to be launched shortly.
Meanwhile, the Mazda6, which is available with a choice of Euro-IV 2.0-litre engines producing 121ps or 136ps, has a comprehensive range of passive and active safety technology including dual-stage airbags as part of a system of up to six airbags, plus a new crushable pedal design and ABS with EBD as standard across the range.
The responsibilities of Basingstoke-based CORGI extend to include Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Isles. Registration with CORGI is a legal requirement for businesses and self-employed people working on gas fittings or appliances. Around 44,000 gas installation businesses employing approximately 95,000 gas-fitting operatives are currently registered.
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To read our in depth road test of the Mazda6 [ click here ]Published 3 September 2004