Mazda6 launched as specialist company car

Designed to deliver low contract hire rates and reduce the benefit-in-kind tax burden paid on all business cars, the new Mazda6 Business Line model costs £18,300 and is on sale in the UK now.

As a model specifically for business, all eyes are on CO2 emissions and resulting benefit-in-kind tax. With this in mind, Mazda has chosen the 2.2-litre, 129bhp diesel engine for the Business Line model.

The engine delivers 138g/km of CO2 emissions, putting the car in the 20 per cent bracket of benefit-in-kind tax.

Jelliss said: "Drivers choosing the new Mazda6 ‘Business Line’ model will pay just £60.43 a month if a basic rate taxpayer or £120.87 a month if a higher rate taxpayer. That represents fantastic value-for-money for a car with the style, performance and features of our latest model."

Jelliss added the contract hire rate of the Mazda6 will undercut several rivals in the company car market, which is one of the only areas to experience growth in the first few months of 2011.

To entice business buyers, Mazda has included a business-level specification with the new model, including dial-zone climate control, cruise control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth and stylish 17" alloy wheels.

Mazda Fleet and Remarketing Director Steve Jelliss said: "With this well equipped, fleet focused Mazda6 model, we are anticipating significant incremental sales. This is the first time Mazda has introduced a model specifically intended to appeal to company car drivers through a combination of both features and attractive benefit-in-kind rates."

Typical business colours have been chosen for the exterior, with just black, metallic silver and blue available on the Business Line model.

Safety features such as Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist are fitted as standard on the Mazda6 Business Line.