STRONG: Mazda3 offers solid residuals
Fleets opting for the new Mazda3 can benefit from a strong residual forecast, it has been confirmed.
Available from January, the Mazda3 is predicted by CAP to retain up to 37% of its value at three years / 60,000miles.
The vehicle will be available in two body styles – hatchback and Fastback – with three petrol engines and one diesel engine offered.
Most popular among fleets will likely be the 2.2litre SKYACTIV-D diesel, which offers 72.4mpg and emissions from 104g/km.
Jeff Knight, Forecasting Editor (Cars) at CAP, said “As another iteration of the KODO design, all‑new Mazda3 creates a genuinely distinctive look and feel for a C Sector car.
“It’s wider and lower, giving it a more assured road presence – a visual appeal that has already paid off for the new Mazda6.
“Inside there are obvious improvements in the materials used and in the car’s build quality.
“An increase in interior space has also been achieved, which will be attractive to buyers.
“Allied with lightweight SKYACTIV technology, a well specified car with a 150PS diesel engine offering from just 104g/km of CO2 is a genuinely interesting and competitive player in a heavily crowded sector.”
Steve Tomlinson, Head of Fleet at Mazda, added: “All-new Mazda3 represents a fantastic cost-effective alternative to the perceived mainstream models in the lower medium sector.
“With fresh styling, great vehicle dynamics, low CO2 emissions, excellent fuel economy and now first-class residual values, we expect the all-new Mazda3 to secure its own niche on the fleet map alongside the ever popular new Mazda6 and the increasingly in-demand Mazda CX-5.
“The introduction of SKYACTIV technology in both the Mazda CX-5 and new Mazda6 within the past 13months has helped to increase Mazda’s penetration in the fleet sector and the arrival of the all-new Mazda3 with similar benefits will further enhance our corporate proposition.”