Cut-throat Extremely competitive on-the-road prices and CO2 efficient engines mean Mazda’s all-new supermini – the Mazda2 – is set to be a fleet winner.

Just as the Mazda6 is winning fleet praise so the Mazda2, which enters showrooms during March, will be highly sought after due to a class-leading combination of pricing, tax efficiency, specification, driving dynamics and handling.

The five-door supermini has a lower on-the-road price than many of its competitors, including the number-one seller in the class, the Vauxhall Corsa. The Mazda2 also beats the likes of the Peugeot 206 on price.

And for company car drivers a combination of highly competitive prices across the four-trim model line-up coupled with low CO2 emission figures across the range means low benefit-in-kind tax bills.

For example the Mazda2 1.25 S has a CO2 figure of 149 g/km putting it in the lowest 15% company car tax bracket up until April 2005 – beyond that date benefit-in-kind tax levels are not known. That compares with the Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 GLS costing around £600 more and drivers seeing their tax bill rise to 16% in 2004/05 from 15% in 2003/04. From 6 April a basic rate taxpaying company car driver choosing the Mazda will pay £23.74 tax a month compared with £25.34 a month paid by the equivalent Corsa driver.

The competitively priced Mazda2 1.4 TS outguns many other cars in its class in the price stakes including models such as the Renault Clio 1.4 Privilege, Peugeot 206 1.4 GLX and Volkswagen Polo 1.4 SE. With CO2 emissions figures better or at least equal to virtually all its rivals the new Mazda2 1.4 TS is also a tax winner.

And low prices are not at the expense of specification with, for example, TS models featuring as standard a CD player, electric front windows, ABS and twin front airbags.

Fleets and company car drivers choosing the Mazda2 1.4 diesel will save money as a result of compelling on-the-road pricing which sees the model better rivals such as the Vauxhall Corsa, Toyota Yaris, Peugeot 206 and Volkswagen Polo.

Mazda fleet and remarketing director Jeremy Thomson said: ‘Low on-the-road prices will make the Mazda2 a winner for fleet decision-makers. And low on-the-road prices coupled with CO2-efficient engines means the range will also be a winner with company car drivers. The Mazda2 gives fleet and company car drivers a win-win combination.

‘Price and tax efficiency coupled with class-leading specification means that the Mazda2 is a new fleet force in the fast-growing supermini sector.’

Published : 28/02/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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