Mazda reduce emissions and cut costs

Fleet and company car drivers will save themselves money as Mazda deliver lower Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and, for company car drivers, reduced benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax on some of its models.

This change is due to a reduction in emissions, which in terms of the Mazda6 and Mazda2 models, means saving for customers.

With the Mazda6 2.2-litre 5-door diesel (161hp and 178hp) emissions have dropped from 142g/km to 140g/km, which may not seem like much. However, this 2g/km reduction means that the Mazda6 now falls out of the F tax band and falls into the E tax band. This change means that customers make £15 a year VED saving.

Mazda has also made a reduction of 5g/km on its Mazda6 2.2-litre 5-door diesel (127hp) model, which includes the recently launched Mazda6 Business Line. This means good news for businesses as this reduction drops the Mazda6 into the 19 percent BIK tax bracket (previously 20 percent) in 2011/12.

As for the 2.2-litre 5-door diesel (127hp) Mazda2 models the emission cuts mean that a BIK tax bill saving of £39.66 per year for basic rate taxpayers and £79.32 per year for higher rate taxpayers.

There is also a reduction of 135g/km to 132g/km on the Mazda2 1.5-litre petrol engine models; meaning that it now stands in the 16 percent company car BIK tax bracket (previously 17 percent) in 2011/12.

This means that Mazda2 1.5-litre 3-door Sport petrol drivers save £25.55 per year for on a basic taxpayer rate and 51.10 per year on a higher rate taxpayer. Savings on the five-door model is £26.25 per year for basic taxpayers and £52.50 per year for higher rate taxpayers.

Mazda vehicles are available from Perry’s dealerships such as Barnsley and Huddersfield.