Business sales boosted by Mazda3

Total Mazda sales in 2010 have increased from 31,000 to 38,000 compared to the same period last year and Mazda says it is because the likes of the Mazda3 and Mazda6 are proving popular with business buyers.

Mazda fleet sales are up 18 per cent compared to the same period in 2009, leading Mazda fleet and remarketing director Peter Allibon to say: "Demand for the Mazda3 is fuelling increased fleet sales, while registrations of the recently freshened Mazda6, which has led corporate interest in the brand, continue to be strong."

Mazda sold 4,031 cars in June, 929 of which were fleet sales. The Mazda3 1.6 diesel was the best-selling model with fleet customers, finishing ahead of the new Mazda6 with nearly two-thirds of total sales.

Allibon said: "Competitive list prices, a high specification, low CO2 emissions, excellent fuel economy and strong residual values have all been key to winning fleet business with the Mazda3."

The Mazda3 boasts CO2 emissions of 119g/km and the larger Mazda6 with a 129PS 2.2 diesel offers 138g/km. The low CO2 emissions result in lower Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) tax for business users.

Prices for the best-selling Mazda3 1.6 diesel in TS trim level start at £16,505 and the Mazda6 2.2 diesel starts at £16,995 on-the-road.

Mazda will expand its product range with the release of an all-new Mazda5 compact multi-activity vehicle (C-MAV) in Autumn.