Mazda promises to cut waiting times

Waiting lists for some car makers are stretching as far as Christmas 2011 and beyond, but Mazda says it will deliver cars in much shorter times.

According to Mazda, business and fleet delivery times will not suffer because of a specialist dealer initiative to fulfil orders within 10-14 days for fleet customers.

Due to the improved service, Mazda has enjoyed a surge in fleet sales in recent months, according to Mazda Fleet and Remarketing Director Steve Jelliss.

He said: "We have good availability on all mainstream models. However, our diesel models are particularly popular with fleets and company car drivers for a number of reasons but notably a combination of strong whole life costs, high specification, competitive list price and low CO2 emissions."

To cope with this, Mazda has introduced a new Mazda6 ‘Business Line’ model specifically for fleet and business users.

Fitted with a 2.2-litre diesel engine delivering 54.3mpg and 138g/km of CO2 emissions, the Mazda6 Business Line costs £18,300 on-the-road and includes several options popular with business buyers such as sat-nav, alloy wheels and cruise control.

It also sits in the 20 per cent benefit-in-kind tax bracket in 2011/12, a figure businesses often look carefully for before committing to a fleet car.

Jellis added: “With immediate availability and an anticipated monthly contract hire rate lower than significant rival models, the Mazda6 ‘Business Line’ will be well positioned versus its competition, including the premium badge cars. Given its tax rating, specification levels and the fact that there are long waiting lists for many alternatives from other manufacturers we are anticipating strong demand for the car.”

The Mazda6 Business Line is available to order now with the first deliveries expected in September.