Mazda’s popular lower medium sector car is going to receive a New Year gift. And it isn’t selfish so it’ll pass the benefits on, to owners.
From January 2001, the Mazda3 will be available with a Euro5-compliant, 1.6-litre diesel engine. This will give the model improved power, emission regulation and fuel economy.
Mated to a new six-speed manual transmission, the engine offers a 12 per cent boost in torque, to 270Nm at 1,750rpm. The power output has been upped to 115ps.
Both retail and fleet customers will like the outcome. The Mazda3’s low CO2 emissions qualify all models for zero road tax for their first year, and just £30 a year afterwards. All models remain in the 13 per cent company car tax bracket. Available as a five-door hatchback in TS and TS2 trim levels, the car’s CO2 emissions have been cut from 119g/km to 117g/km and fuel consumption is improved from 62.8mpg to 64.2mpg on the combined cycle. The TS2 five-door is anticipated to be the most popular model.
Mark Cameron, Sales Director, Mazda UK, comments, “The latest Mazda3 is even more popular than its best-selling predecessor. Having a sub-120g/km car in the range, delivering low VED and benefit-in-kind tax bills and first-class fuel economy will no doubt further increase demand.”
Prices for the new Mazda3 1.6 diesel start at £16,505 (OTR) for the TS version, while TS2-specified models begin at £17,705.
Mazda has recently introduced a new ‘Have it All’ campaign in conjunction with the Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) finance package. The campaign offers customers purchasing a Mazda3 Takuya up to three ‘free’ services compliments of Mazda – depending on which PCP finance term is taken, either 24 or 36 months.
During this period, Mazda is also offering a ‘Mazda deposit contribution’ of £750 on all petrol models (excluding the Mazda3 MPS) and £500 on all diesels to customers purchasing their car with Mazda Personal Contract Purchase finance.
In addition, existing Mazda customers can also benefit from a £500 loyalty bonus available on all Mazda3 models until 3 January 2011.