Mazda Diesels Pave The Way For Tax And Fuel Efficiency

Mazda is gearing up for a fleet sales explosion in 2003 and tax and fuel-efficient diesel engine models are set to play a significant role in winning new business.

Legislative changes from 6 April that see the tightening of benefit-in-kind tax and the introduction of a new carbon dioxide emissions-based fuel benefit charge system play to the strengths of diesel.

CO2-friendly and fuel efficient 1.4 and 2.0 litre common-rail diesel engines in the much-praised Mazda6, and the soon-to-be-launched Mazda2 supermini, will be highly sought after by company car drivers and fleet decision-makers looking to make cash savings in 2003/04.

The company car tax system tightens two notches from 6 April. That means the CO2 tax threshold will be reduced by 10 g/km – a further 10 g/km reduction will occur from 6 April, 2004 – which will mean the lowest 15% tax charge applying to cars emitting 159 g/km instead of the current 169 g/km from April. In addition non-Euro IV compliant diesel engine cars remain subject to a 3% tax penalty.

However, the driver of a Mazda2 1.4 TDCi 67 bhp, which has a CO2 figure of 119 g/km, will see their tax bill unchanged at least until April 2005 at 18%. The benefit-in-kind tax system beyond that date is not known. Therefore, the 22% taxpayer at the wheel of a Mazda2 1.4 S diesel will face a tax bill of just £31.64 a month.

Meanwhile, the driver of a Mazda6 2.0 D 119 bhp (172 g/km) will pay 21% tax in the forthcoming financial year and the driver of a Mazda6 2.0 D 134 bhp (174 g/km) will pay a similar rate. Fuel economy on the combined cycle for each model is 43.5 mpg.

Mazda6 Is Top Of The Class For Wholelife Costs

The Mazda6, the Japanese marque’s key fleet car, is top of the class for residual values and pence per mile operating costs.

Residual value experts at CAP Monitor put the Mazda6 ahead of upper medium sector rivals such as the Vauxhall Vectra, Citroen C5, Renault Laguna, Nissan Primera and Peugeot 406 in the latest residual value stakes.

The Mazda6 is leading Mazda’s attack on the UK fleet market with the manufacturer looking for corporate sales to account for almost a third of the 39,000 cars it expects to sell in the UK in 2003.

Strong residual values over three years/60,000 miles and low pence per mile operating costs are key to winning fleet business. Coupled with low list prices it means that the Mazda6 is not only cost-effective for fleets but also for company car drivers from a benefit-in-kind tax perspective.

Mazda B-Series - A VehicleFor All Lifestyles

The all-new Mazda B-Series goes on sale during March 2003 and is a truly versatile vehicle, which is as much at home on the beach or mountain as it is in a variety of commercial settings. With three body styles, two powerful engines, a choice of rear or all-wheel drive transmissions, passenger car levels of comfort, a truly functional cab with room for five adults the Mazda B Series really is a vehicle for all lifestyles with prices starting at just £9,495 (excluding VAT).

The Mazda B Series is aimed at those who want a rugged vehicle that can carry five adults with ease and has a generous external load area for carrying anything from wet and sandy surfboards to a load of topsoil or machinery, keeping the interior clean.

The choices available from Mazda are a single cab with either the 2.5-litre diesel (2WD) or the 2.5-litre turbo diesel (4WD); a double cab with the turbo; a 4x4 RAP Cab 4-Action with easy access freestyle doors and the 2.5 turbo; and a 4-Action or 4-Style 4x4 double cab also with the turbo engine for those with a lifestyle that needs a rugged vehicle with passenger car comfort.

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Published : 16/04/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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