CUT: Mazda6 enjoys emissions boost
Company car drivers could make £100-a-year tax savings after Mazda6 Saloon and Tourer emissions were cut by 4g/km and 6g/km respectively.
Engine modifications to the SKYACTIV-D 2.2litre 150PS engine have delivered a CO2 emission reduction to just 104g/km and 110g/km.
The engine improvements also deliver improved fuel economy of more than 5mpg, with the Saloon now returning 72.4mpg and the Tourer 67.3mpg.
Steve Tomlinson, Head of Fleet at Mazda, said: “Mazda engineers have been able to deliver financial savings for company car drivers and businesses without compromising the model in terms of its power, performance or towing capacity.
“Indeed, the improvements that have delivered the CO2 emissions reduction and, consequently, the company car benefit-in-kind tax savings and fuel economy improvements mean that the 2.2litre 150ps diesel models remain among the most efficient models in the C/D segment.
“The new Mazda6 is the no compromise choice for company car drivers.
“They can have power, performance and driving fun with low emissions and first class fuel economy due to our SKYACTIV technology.
“That cannot be obtained from rival manufacturers who have resorted to smaller engine displacements in pursuit of emission and MPG improvements.”
The new Mazda6 2.2litre 150PS diesel Saloon costs from £21,995 in SE trim, with the emission cut triggering a 2013/14 reduction in P11D percentage values from 16% to 15%.
This means an annual company car benefit-in-kind tax saving of £43.88 for a basic rate taxpayer and an £87.76 saving for a higher-rate tax payer.
Similarly, on the new £22,795 Mazda6 Tourer, the emission cut delivers a 2013/14 reduction in P11D percentage values from 18% to 17%.
This means an annual company car benefit-in-kind tax saving of £45.48 for a basic rate taxpayer and a £90.96 saving for a higher-rate taxpayer.
Employers will also make savings in Class 1A National Insurance contributions, which are paid on benefits-in-kind.