Mazda6 petrol will be business fleet winner

The Japanese brand’s new 2.0-litre, 143bhp engine will deliver significantly lower Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) tax rates than the equivalent BMW 320i EfficientDynamics due to Mazda’s energy-saving technology.

Advances in efficient engine design, named Skyactiv technology, means the new Mazda6 four-door saloon will deliver 129g/km of CO2 emissions.

In Sport Tourer form CO2 emissions are 131g/km and, since emissions are the basis for UK road tax and influence BIK rates, it will deliver drastic savings for UK business.

The Mazda6 in high-specification SE-L trim comes with the lowest BIK rate out of a reported 36 new Mazda6 variations.

It will cost £52 for basic rate taxpayers and £104 for higher rate taxpayers for companies who choose the new Mazda6 for their business fleet.

In comparison, the BMW costs £64 and £128 for the basic and higher rate taxpayer respectively because it has a ‘significantly’ higher on-the-road price.

Despite the difference in fleet running costs, the Mazda6 comes with an executive level of specification as standard.

This includes cruise control, push button start, remote central locking and electric windows. Other equipment as standard includes air conditioning, front fog lights, CD player, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and a 5.8-inch colour touch screen.

Mazda Head of Fleet Steve Tomlinson said: “Diesel models account for approximately 90 percent of upper medium sector company car sales because many drivers are clocking up high annual mileages.

“However, there is a section of the company car driving population that require an upper medium sector car to meet work or lifestyle requirements but do not drive quite as many miles.”

Mazda promises the new Mazda6, designed using its striking ‘Kodo’ style first seen on the Shinari concept car, will ‘shake up’ the company car sector when it goes on sale in January 2013.

The new Mazda6 will go on sale at Perrys Mazda dealerships from £19,595 from 2013.