The focus on low running costs including all-new engines offering 30 per cent better fuel economy than previous engines mean the CX-5 will be one of the most affordable fleet cars on the market, says Steve Tomlinson, Head of Fleet for Mazda UK.
He explained: “Mazda is expecting the all-new Mazda CX-5 to have strong appeal in the fleet market and with company car drivers. The new range of SKYACTIV (the name given to Mazda’s green technology) models, starting with the all-new Mazda CX-5, will allow us to again grow volume on the back of new product at the start of this decade.”
Tomlinson has also described electric and hybrid cars as unpopular choices for businesses in the UK, saying: “There is still some uncertainty over hybrids and electric vehicles and the business world likes to deal in certainties.”
This means the new Mazda CX-5, whose conventional petrol and diesel engines are more efficient than ever but do not use electric power, ‘remains true to the internal combustion engine’, according to Tomlinson.
It also means lower CO2 emissions and subsequent low Benefit-in-Kind tax for business users. This, along with improved fuel economy means many drivers will soon be turning away from the traditional saloon and using the likes of the CX-5 for business use.
The Mazda CX-5 is on sale in the UK in spring 2012 and prices start from £21,295 for the entry-level, 2.0-litre petrol version.
In total, four petrol and six diesel engines will be available and the SUV-styled crossover offers a choice of two- or all-wheel drive.
The Mazda CX-5 will go on sale in Mazda dealerships in the coming weeks.