The new Mazda 6 offers company car drivers the holy grail of motoring: top-notch performance with class-leading emissions.
How has the Japanese firm achieved the seemingly impossible, we hear you ask? Simple. It’s part of the manufacturer’s Skyactiv philosophy.
In developing clever eco-focused technology throughout the Mazda 6’s powertrain, the carmaker’s engineers have managed to deliver super levels of efficiency without having to resort to engine downsizing.
The 150hp 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel engine returns 67.3mpg combined and emits the least CO2 in its class, at 108g/km – that’s 1.6mpg more and 6g/km less than the equivalent Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat.
It beats both its European rivals on performance, too. The 150hp diesel will complete 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds, 2.8 and 3.1 seconds faster than the Ford and VW respectively.
Combined, this means a real benefit for company car drivers. The well-equipped Mazda 6 SE Nav’s £22,340 P11D value – the price of your car used to calculate company car tax outgoings – combined with lower CO2 emissions than its rivals means benefit-in-kind tax bills are lower than the competition – just £55 per month for 20% tax rate payers and £111 for 40% payers.
And that price includes satellite navigation, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth and Mazda’s Multimedia system with a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen all fitted as standard.
Mazda Head of Fleet, Steve Tomlinson:
“The all-new Mazda6 is the no compromise choice for company car drivers. They can have power, performance and driving fun with low emissions and excellent 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 fuel economy improvements.
“On top of all that company car drivers’ save themselves money with the 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D 150hp engine powering the all-new Mazda6, having the lowest CO2 emissions figure in the class.”
This excellent emissions performance stems from the Skyactiv philosophy instilled in the new Mazda 6. Not only is the engine super-frugal, the use of lightweight high-strength and ultra high-strength steel in strategic areas keeps weight down, improving handling, agility, performance and efficiency.
Mazda’s i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology also helps to reduce loads on the engine, and in conjunction with i-stop stop-start technology squeezes every last mile from a tank of fuel.