Mazda is in the midst of a new model offensive and fleet managers visiting this year’s Fleet Show will be among the first to see the all-new Mazda CX-3, on sale in the UK on the 19th June 2015.
Fleet managers will be able to get behind the wheel of 12 cars from across the Mazda range and put those models through their paces at the Fleet Show, which is being held at the world famous Silverstone complex in Northamptonshire on Tuesday, 12 May.
In the exhibition area (Stand 9), fleet chiefs will be able to discuss their Mazda fleet requirements with the marque’s corporate sales team led by Head of Fleet Steve Tomlinson.
Fleet decision-makers will be able to take to the International, National or Stowe Circuits in a range of models from across the marque including the recently launched all-new Mazda2 in both petrol and diesel guises, the Mazda3 launched last year and both the significantly enhanced 2015 Mazda CX-5 and fleet favourite Mazda6.
Last year, fleet decision-makers were queuing up to book drives in Mazda models so this year visitors are being urged to visit the marque’s stand early to arrange a drive to avoid being disappointed.
Meanwhile, the all-new Mazda CX-3 is the marque’s first entry into the small SUV sector and like the rest of the Mazda models at the Fleet Show it features the brand’s breakthrough emission-cutting, fuel-saving SKYACTIV technology, which delivers fuel bill savings to businesses and tax savings to employers and company car drivers alike.
Mazda arrives at Silverstone on the crest of a fleet sales wave having seen leasing and end-user fleet demand increase almost a third in 2014/15 with total corporate volumes up by more than 40 per cent in the 12 months to 31 March, 2015 at almost 12,000 units.
The Mazda3 launched last year with emissions from just 104g/km and exceptional fuel economy as high as 72.4mpg (2.2-litre 150ps SKYACTIV-D Fastback) has been a key driving force behind the sales boom.
Mazda is forecasting further fleet sales increases in 2015/16 notably as a result of the recent launch of the all-new Mazda2, which is expected to prove attractive to public sector fleets and employees opting for a company car through salary sacrifice schemes.
The 16-strong Mazda2 model line-up went on sale in March with prices starting from £11,995 up to £17,395, offering five trim levels and a choice of petrol and diesel engines including the 1.5 litre 105ps SKYACTIV-D, which returns incredible fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 83.1mpg and 89g/km – putting it among the best performing cars in its class.
Meanwhile, the June launch of the all-new CX-3 will enable Mazda to enter the small SUV sector for the first time with the model expected to appeal to company car user-choosers.
The 18-strong all-new Mazda CX-3 range priced from £17,595 to £24,695 offers a choice of 11 petrol and seven diesel variants across SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav trim levels all powered by SKYACTIV engines – 120ps or 150ps 2.0-litre petrol or 105ps 1.5-litre diesel powerplants – delivering an unrivalled blend of performance and efficiency and returning fuel economy from 70.6mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions from just 105g/km.
Mr Tomlinson said: “Twelve months ago we said that the introduction of SKYACTIV technology had delivered a fleet renaissance for Mazda and that has continued throughout 2014/15 and we anticipate the momentum continuing with the arrival of new models and major enhancements to existing derivatives.
“The Fleet Show has historically provided Mazda with a major opportunity to raise awareness of our line-up. With the recent addition of the all-new Mazda2, the imminent arrival of the Mazda CX-3, the Mazda3 launched just last year combined with 2015 enhancements to the Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 ranges, it means Mazda offers fleets one of the youngest model ranges available.
“At the Fleet Show visitors will be able to drive Mazda models back-to-back with rival vehicles and we believe the financial benefits allied to their style and specification means they will continue to find their way into company car parks in significant numbers.”
The Fleet Show, hosted by monthly publication Fleet World, is being held for the fourth year in succession. Further information is available at http://www.thefleetshow.com/ or to register to attend go to http://www.thefleetshow.com/visiting/.
Little’s luxury chauffeur drive has introduced the first hybrid vehicles to its fleet, adding five Lexus GS 300h to its limousine portfolio.
The full hybrid saloons are helping the business strengthen its environmental profile and meet the demands of customers who require prestige transport with greener performance.
Heather Matthews, Managing Director, said: “The Lexus are the first hybrids we have used and we are confident they will add an important and attractive new dimension to our luxury vehicle fleet.
“More and more of our clients place an emphasis on environmental performance and sustainability, issues that we can address with the highly efficient GS 300h. By running these vehicles we are also able to strengthen the ‘green’ qualities of our own operations.
“At the same time, the Lexus hybrids provide a very smooth and refined ride and a luxurious, quiet cabin environment, maintaining the high standards of quality and comfort we require of all our vehicles.”
Stuart Ferma, Manager Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services, said: “Little’s decision to take the GS 300h is an acknowledgement of how Lexus successfully combines its advanced, highly efficient hybrid technology with contemporary luxury and refinement. We are confident the cars will prove a valuable, reliable and worthy addition to its prestigious fleet.”
Little’s has chosen the SE version of the GS 300h, which comes as standard with dual-zone climate control, electrically adjustable seats, a 12-speaker audio system with DAB tuner, LED ambient cabin lighting and automatic headlights and windscreen wipers. The model’s full hybrid powertrain allows it to run in near-silent all-electric EV mode in slow moving city traffic, reducing tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption to zero.
The new cars, arranged through Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services and supplied through Lexus Glasgow, are entering service with Little’s Scottish fleet. Established almost 50 years ago, Little’s has its headquarters in Glasgow but has an international reach, co-ordinating chauffeur services in worldwide locations. It specialises in corporate travel, including airport and rail transfers and event delegate transport for groups of all sizes. Its team is also experienced in the logistical organisation for single and multiple venue roadshows, taking care of all transport, luggage and passenger requirements. For leisure travellers, it is able to provide bespoke visitor itineraries for worldwide destinations.
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Lynsey Sutherland, Business Centre Manager, Lexus Glasgow
Heather Matthews, Managing Director & Partner, Little’s
George Wills, Founding Partner, Little’s
The all-conquering Nissan Qashqai has been named best mid-sized SUV at the Fleet News Awards 2015.
The prestigious award underlines the British-built model's all-round appeal to fleet operators and company car drivers.
In 2014, almost 27,000 Qashqai were registered to fleet customers in the UK, helping Nissan's corporate sales team to its best ever passenger car volume of 63,358.
The Qashqai is now the fifth bestselling fleet car in the UK.
Presenting the award, Stephen Briers,
Barry Beeston, Corporate Sales Director at Nissan Motor (GB), said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive this award as it recognises the enormous impact the Qashqai has made in the fleet sector."
He added: "It's now more than a year since the Qashqai was launched and, despite increased competition, it continues to top the polls and pick up industry awards.
"But winning an award from a title like Fleet News, which understands the needs and opinions of fleet customers, is particularly pleasing."
Lightways (Contractors) Ltd is one of the latest UK businesses to switch to Toyota hybrids for a greener and more tax-efficient vehicle fleet.
If that wasn’t enough to put a smile on its directors’ faces, the hand-over of the new vehicles at SDM
The company, established in 1978, provides a wide range of road surfacing and repairs and carriageway and festive lighting services across Scotland from its headquarters in Larbert and additional depots in East Kilbride and Dalkeith. It has recently taken delivery of Auris, Auris Touring Sports and Prius+ models for use by its contracts managers and directors. Toyota in Falkirk was marked with an array of red noses for everyone involved – cars included – celebrating Toyota’s nationwide fund-raising efforts for Comic Relief as an official partner to Red Nose Day.
A company spokesman said: “As a business we are keen to demonstrate our environmental awareness and realised how we could do this in our company car fleet by changing to Toyota hybrids.
“As well as being a greener option, the new cars are practical for our transport requirements and also deliver attractive tax benefits. We also appreciate the good reputation Toyota hybrids have for reliability and being a comfortable drive when you have to cover long distances.
“We were also very impressed with the service we received from Tom Graham and the team at the SDM Toyota Business Centre and from Mark Smith, our Toyota Area Fleet Sales Manager.”
Lightways (Contractors) Ltd provides comprehensive services, principally to the public sector and utility businesses, including the reinstatement of all types of surface, street lighting installation and maintenance and the installation, repair and storage of festive lighting.
The British-built Auris and Auris Touring Sports hybrids are a popular choice for fleet and business customers, available with sub-100g/km CO2 emissions that secure annual road tax exemption (Vehicle Excise Duty) and attractive benefit-in-kind company car tax rates. Prius+ adds a further dimension to Toyota’s hybrid range, a seven-seat compact MPV that uses advanced lithium-ion battery technology to provide the right amount of power from a more compact battery pack.
Each of these models can also operate for short distances in all-electric EV mode, cutting tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption to zero when, for example, travelling in slow-moving city traffic.
A Lancashire dairy is milking the benefits of the award-winning Nissan e-NV200 - using the versatile all-electric van as a 21st century version of the traditional British milk float.
Grimshaw Lane Dairy in Ormskirk has taken delivery of four e-NV200 vans from Crosby Park Nissan in Liverpool and is using them to make its daily deliveries to homes and businesses in and around the town.
The four vehicles - named Tilly, Bovine, Ermintrude and Daisy by the drivers - have replaced a fleet of aging diesels and each covers around 50 miles a day making roughly 500 deliveries apiece.
And Managing Director Andrew Brown, who plans to swap his two remaining diesel vehicles with e-NV200s in the coming months, is already saving £900 a month in fuel bills.
What's more, the generous spec' and smooth drive of the e-NV200 means driver morale is now at an all-time high and residential customers are happy as early morning deliveries, which start at 1.30am, are now made in near silence.
A delighted Andrew said: "Switching to the Nissan e-NV200 was a no brainer for us. Basically the savings we're making on the fuel have paid for the contract hire on the vans and we'll be saving on the maintenance too.
"We've effectively got four new vans for what we'd have been spending on fuel."
When considering the e-NV200, Andrew was impressed that the model came with two sliding side doors as standard and offered easy cross-cab access, perfect for multi-drop delivery operations.
Driver satisfaction was also a major consideration, but equipment levels on board the e-NV200 - particularly the ability to defrost their vehicles from an app on their phones before getting up to start their shifts in the early hours - has proved an instant hit.
The environmental benefits of the e-NV200, which offers zero emissions mobility, were also a major bonus.
Andrew added: "There's nobody greener than a milkman. In terms of food miles nothing can compete with us and we recycle everything.
"Having a fleet of vehicles that fit perfectly with that whole ethos is fantastic."
Launched last year, the Nissan e-NV200 combines the NV200 - a former International Van of the Year - with the proven technology of the record breaking Nissan LEAF - the world's bestselling electric car.
In costs just two pence per mile to run and users also benefit from low maintenance costs that make for unrivalled total cost of ownership - £1,200 lower than a conventional diesel van over four years.
Meanwhile, the model, which is priced from £13,393 in panel van form (incorporating PiVG) offers a class-leading 4.2m3 capacity and an impressive 703kg payload.
For more details about the 100% electric Nissan e-NV200, visit RRG Nissan Bury on Bolton Street, Crosby, or send a web enquiry here: http://www.rrggroup-nissan.co.uk/specialist-services/nissan-business-centre/contact-us/
Deliveries have now begun of 50 Nissan e-NV200 electric vans to DHL in Italy, following the collaboration framework agreement signed by Nissan Italia and DHL Express for zero emission operations last July. These all-electric vans will be used for dispatches and deliveries in Italy starting in Milan and Rome.
With the new vehicles, DHL Express confirms its commitment to becoming the industry's top "green" company, by choosing Nissan, the brand with more electric vehicles on the road than any other. The e-NV200 was launched in 2014 and shares much of its technology with the award-winning Nissan
"The start of deliveries of the first e-NV200s, which will be used for deliveries starting from the major Italian cities of Milan and Rome, is a further demonstration of Nissan's commitment to spreading use of electric mobility throughout Italy", declared Bruno Mattucci, Managing Director of Nissan Italia.
LEAF, the best-selling electric car globally and in Europe.
"The agreement with Nissan is perfectly in line with the commitment we have been pursuing for years to the environment" - declared Alberto Nobis, Managing Director of DHL Express Italia. "Use of these innovative zero-impact vans is another part of the global GoGreen programme designed by Deutsche Post DHL to lower the Group's worldwide CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020. Moreover, the Nissan Vehicles us to implement a sustainable City Logistics strategy, as they are also particularly well suited to making deliveries in historic centres".
The e-NV200 has been tested by many organisations and fleets globally and has now satisfied even the service demands of DHL Express in Italy. In a simulated daily use in the area of Rome, the Nissan van completed 45 deliveries and made 25 collections, entirely in line with the daily workload of a traditional vehicle, travelling approximately 120 km and therefore without running down the batteries, well within the vehicles 170km official range. Research shows that 70% of European van operators average less than 100 km per day, while 35% never exceed 120 km. Florence, Verona, Bologna, Naples, Salerno, Bari and Catania will join Rome and Milan in introducing e-NV200 to the fleets there.
Ideal for operations in the urban centres of the cities, where access is prohibited to vehicles with diesel engines, the Nissan e-NV200 boasts not only the complete absence of harmful emissions, but also huge savings on running costs with respect to a comparable diesel van, extraordinary comfort thanks to the complete silence of the engine, no gear changes and brisk acceleration.
Equipped with an electric motor that has been derived from that of the Nissan LEAF, with batteries that can be recharged to 0-80 percent in less than 30 minutes, using the CHAdeMO quick charging system, the e-NV200 is an externally compact vehicle but with transport capacity that is right at the top of its range. The van features a load bay of 4.2 m3, the equivalent of two Euro pallets, with a useful capacity of 770 kg. The battery pack, situated under the floor panel, does not intrude into the load area and keeps the centre of gravity very low.
Co-wheels car club is taking delivery of 80 new Toyota hybrids and city cars as it expands its national fleet.
The business operates on-street car hire in more than 40 UK locations and also provides fleet management services for numerous organisations. Its success means it is investing in more cars, prompting an order 80 new Toyota models through Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services, with a mixture of new Aygo, Yaris Hybrid and the rechargeable Prius Plug-in hybrid.
Richard Falconer, Co-wheels Director, said: “Co-wheels is pleased to use Toyota to supply and support our growing car club operation. It has continued to provide us with an excellent delivery service, backed up by very positive after sales input.
“Our members are attracted by the environmental benefits that can be achieved by using hybrid and low-emissions vehicles, and we see Toyota as the leading provider of these vehicles. The success we have witnessed to date gives us reason to think that our relationship with Toyota is set become stronger in the future.”
The new vehicles, acquired on a two-to-three-year renewal cycle, are finished in Co-wheels’ livery and equipped with a telematics system designed to create a fully connected, shared resource. Club members can book cars any time of the day or night and access their vehicle with a simple swipe of their personal smartcard. This gives keyless entry and enables the club to keep constantly updated on driver identification, trip data and vehicle status, via a cellular network.
Neil Broad, Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services General Manager, said: “We are pleased that Co-wheels continues to regard low-emissions Toyota vehicles as an intelligent choice for its mobility programme, helping more people enjoy access to cars that are safe, reliable and very environmentally efficient.”
It is easy to spot a clean technology synergy between Resin Products’ business and its decision to choose Lexus hybrids for its first vehicle fleet. The Lichfield-based company is a specialist in the supply of high-quality ion exchange resins, materials that, in the majority, are completely toxin-free and recyclable, and used in environmentally responsible processes across a wide range of industrial applications, from water treatment to nuclear power.
The high efficiency of Lexus’s hybrid technology, which produces low CO2 and near-zero NOx and particulate emissions, was a prime consideration for the company in choosing the right brand to meet its new fleet requirements.
Phil Goscombe, Resin Products Managing Director, said: “Lexus’s hybrid technology is impressive, and there is a good synergy with the environmental aims of our water purification products.
“Beyond these benefits, the proposition was even more compelling for us because of the cost savings it delivers through lower tax. The result is we can operate a cleaner, more cost-effective fleet, yet still enjoy driving high-quality, prestige cars.”
Resin Products has selected IS 300h and CT 200h models, both of which fall within the lowest two bands for road tax (Vehicle Excise Duty), attracting low benefit-in-kind company car tax rates. The scheduled service and maintenance programmes and the cars’ proven reliability further add to their appeal to business users.
Resin Products acquired its vehicles through Business Drive Contract Hire, with a three-year renewal plan.
When your business works in tough environments, you need to be sure your vehicles are up to the challenge. That’s how GCM Services Scotland came to select Toyota’s Proace as robust and reliable solution for its transport needs.
GCM Services, based in Falkirk, is a specialist in demolishing and deconstructing heavy industry and petrochemical sites. Its early success in this field was recently recognised with a “best new business start-up” award in the Falkirk Herald Business Awards.
Gordon Marshall, managing director, said: “We needed vehicles that reflected the quality of our business and which delivered the right capability and reliability. The Toyota Proace fits this profile perfectly.”
The new vehicles were supplied by Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services through GCM Services local Toyota Centre, SDM of Falkirk. The long-wheelbase models have been acquired on a three-year renewal plan and have been finished in GCM Service’s corporate livery. They will be used for the company’s contracts services across the UK.
Powered by a flexible, efficient 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, the Proace medium duty van is designed for ease of use. The range provides two vehicle lengths and heights, allowing payloads of up to 1.2 tonnes to be carried. The load space, measuring up to 7m3, is easy to access through side sliding doors and choice of rear doors or tailgate. Drivers also enjoy a comfortable and safe environment, with Bluetooth, driver and passenger airbags and electric windows and door mirrors included in the standard specification.
From the 17th January two pre-production models of the all-new Mazda2 will visit 119 Mazda dealers across the country, covering more than 6,000 miles in a total of six weeks.
The fourth generation supermini has already been revered in the press for its good looks, sharp handling and fuel efficient engines, and now prospective customers will be among the first in the country to experience the car for themselves.
As well as getting up close and personal with the all-new Mazda2, the exclusive invite-only events will also give attendees the opportunity to try Oculus Rift virtual reality technology, allowing them to experience the all-new Mazda2 in the virtual world. “This convention-defying dealer tour is a fantastic opportunity for new and existing customers to really get a feel for the all-new Mazda2 and take advantage of the Oculus Rift headsets to virtually experience what the car would look like in different colours and trims,” commented Jeremy Thomson, UK Managing Director of Mazda.
“The Mazda2 is our best-selling model in the UK and its successor marks an important milestone for the brand. It has already won the coverted Japanese Car of the Year title, which goes to prove we’ve taken the right direction with our focus on design, driving fun and our innovative SKYACTIV technology.”
As well as featuring the striking ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ body styling, the brand has also optimised its range of ultra-efficient SKYACTIV powertrains for the all-new Mazda2. Including a new 1.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol available in three power outputs and with new five and six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes, there’s also a new 1.5 litre SKYACTIV-D diesel with a six-speed manual gearbox, which returns incredible fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 83.1mpg and 89g/km – putting it among the cleanest cars in its class.
Building on the strengths of its current B-segment model as well as its highly successful new-generation model line-up, the all-new Mazda2 raises the bar in design, performance, handling, equipment, comfort and safety.
Mazda has recently announced pricing and specification of the all-new Mazda2 ahead of it going on sale on the 20th March. With prices starting from £11,995 up to £17,395, the 16-strong model range will be available in five generous trim levels – SE, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav. Packed with high levels of standard equipment, the stylish supermini provides the perfect compromise of premium quality, efficiency and good looks.
Thanks to innovative technology, Oculus Rift, customers will be able to experience a 360o view of the interior.
Determined to offer its customers unbeatable deals, from 1 January Mazda will offer its all-new city car with a combination of zero deposit and 5.9% APR when purchased with a Mazda PCP finance package, or 0% APR Conditional Sale with a minimum 50% deposit. Buyers of the Sport Launch Edition can also benefit from a £750 Mazda deposit contribution, whilst all other derivations will be offered £500.
Mazda’s new-generation five-door all-new Mazda2 will go on sale on the 20th March
Lexus launches 2015 with a new addition to its CT 200h line-up, the Advance Plus. As its name implies, it takes the specification of the Advance grade – well established as the most popular in the range – and adds even more features, at a high-value price.
These extras include the debut of Lexus’s first two-tone paint finish. The on-the-road price includes either metallic paint, or (at no extra cost) a contrasting Velvet Black roof with Fuji Red, Ultra Blue, Sonic White or Sonic Titanium body. Advance Plus is the first CT model to adopt the new Sonic Titanium finish, a shade that has proved an immediate hit with customers for the new NX 300h crossover, and is also the only version available in Celestial Black.
Where the two-tone design is selected, the CT’s stand-out style statement is increased with an F Sport roof spoiler. All versions are fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels with dark silver finish – in a design exclusive to the Advance Plus – and a sunroof. In the cabin the seats feature a fabric and Tahara upholstery combination that is also exclusive to the model grade.
All these elements are in addition to standard features that have already made the CT 200h Advance so popular, including front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry, cruise control, heated front seats and the Lexus Navigation system with Remote Dial control. The extra value for customers is particularly strong, with the new model priced at a premium of only £1,250 more than the Advance. On sale now, the new Advance Plus costs £25,495 on the road.
The attraction of the Advance Plus’s style and equipment is strengthened by Lexus quality throughout and the exceptional smoothness, refinement, efficiency and lasting reliability of its hybrid system. The value enjoyed by customers in the sale price is mirrored by lower ownership costs. CO2 emissions figures of 88g/km secure exemption from annual road tax (Vehicle Excise Duty) and the CT 200h delivers good fuel economy, supported by the hybrid system’s ability to optimise use of its electric motor, for example when driving in slow-moving city traffic, switching automatically to its EV mode.
Toyota has added a new RAV4 to its famous SUV range, the Business Edition. While the name makes the model’s target market clear, the wealth of equipment features and RAV4’s proven quality and reliability make the newcomer an appealing prospect for a much wider group of customers.
The standard specification is led by Toyota Touch 2 with Go, the latest development of Toyota’s touchscreen-controlled multimedia, connectivity and navigation system. This includes DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, a rear-view camera and access to on-line information and entertainment services, via Toyota’s customer portal.
A comfortable, relaxing drive is supported by cruise control and dual-zone climate control. Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers are provided, together with an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Chrome trim on the front bumper adds a dash of style quality, while inside the cabin the seats are upholstered in smart black Beaumont fabric.
The features are all in addition to the Active grade specification, including 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, front fog lamps, power-adjustable door mirrors and a four-speaker audio system with USB and Aux-in connections.
A single version is available, powered by the flexible and efficient 2.0-litre D-4D diesel engine, with six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. Running costs are kept down with official combined cycle fuel consumption at 57.6mpg and 127g/km CO2 emissions. The Business Edition also secures the lowest insurance group rating in the RAV4 line-up at 25E.
The RAV4 Business Edition is on sale now, price £23,995 on the road – an increment of just £1,500 on the entry level Active model.
Elsewhere in the range, enhancements for 2015 include a fresh chrome finish for the RAV4 Active’s five-spoke 17-inch alloys and the addition of silver front and rear under-runs for the Invincible (these are finished in Pearl White where Pearl White body colour is specified).
New RAV4 owners also now have access to additional equipment options, including heated, leather front seats (Active, Business Edition and Invincible) and Toyota Touch 2 with Go Plus, which adds extra functionality, voice command recognition and thee years of free map updates. The colour choices include a new Deep Titanium metallic.
How do you make driving a Toyota Aygo even more fun? One sure-fire way is to provide some classic open-top enjoyment with a new retractable x-wave canvas roof.
Looking ahead to longer, warmer days, Toyota has launched the x-wave as an option on the five-door Aygo x-pression model. Finished in black, the roof is factory fitted and is full length, ensuring that anyone travelling in the rear seats also gets to enjoy some of the wind-in-the-hair experience.
The roof is electrically operated, using a simple switch next to the map light control in the headlining.
Specifying the x-wave adds even more appeal to the Aygo x-pression, which also features 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, the x-touch multimedia system with DAB and Bluetooth, reversing camera and air conditioning.
Gloss black elements in the bodywork and the cabin help the small car make a big style statement, contrasting with White Flash, Electro Grey, Silver Splash, Red Pop and Deep Blue Buzz paint options.
The x-wave roof, price £895 (including VAT), can also be ordered together with the x-tra convenience pack, and with all other options and customisation features available for x-pression, apart from the roof decals.
New GT Line trim will add sporty top-spec models to the Peugeot range
As the Peugeot 308 GT hits showrooms this month, buyers can get the look of the GT in more workaday 308 models in a new range-topping GT Line Trim. It’ll be available with everything from the 1.2-litre PureTech engines through to the BlueHDi diesels.
But Peugeot isn’t stopping there – the Peugeot RCZ and 508 will also soon be available in GT Line trim.
On the 308 and 308 SW, pretty much all of the GT’s visual drama features in the GT Line. So the Lion drops down from the bonnet into a new grille that now gets three horizontal bars, the front indicators feature scrolling LEDs, there are five spoke alloys, gentle sill extensions and tinted rear glass. At the back, the twin exhaust and black diffuser treatment is present, too.
Inside there’s plenty of red stitching, a beefed up steering wheel and half-Alcantara sports seats. As befits the range topper, the front seats get a massage function, too.
The new GT Line replaces the old Feline models in the 308 range and cost from £21,445 for the 1.2-litre Puretech version.
Later this year, both the 508 and RCZ ranges will get the GT Line treatment with similar sporty equipment additions to the 308 GT Line models. And at the end of the year, we expect the ultimate 308 to be unveiled – the 308 GTi.
The successful progress of hybrid power to become a mainstream choice for Britain’s car buyers has helped Toyota post its third successive year of sales growth in the UK. At year-end, hybrids accounted for almost a quarter (23 per cent) of all Toyota cars sold.
Toyota has put hybrid at the heart of the market, introducing the technology in core models such as Auris and Yaris. In 2014 the British-built Auris range, including hybrid, marked a 17.8 per increase, while Yaris Hybrid – a unique proposition in the supermini segment – achieved a 47.1 rise in sales volume.
The introduction of new Aygo early in the year generated a huge response in UK showrooms, its wealth of personalisation possibilities helping it to a 26.8 per cent sales hike.
Toyota’s strategic addition of a new, low emissions, 2.0-litre D-4D diesel front-wheel drive version of RAV4 also proved a big success, helping drive fleet sales of the compact SUV up by 49 per cent.
Toyota group sales, including light commercials and Lexus, reached their highest level for five years, at 115,197 units. Hilux continues to go from strength to strength, helping Toyota achieve an increase of almost 20 per cent in its LCV sales.
Lexus sales rose to a seven year high, helped by a near-doubling of IS sales and an excellent early response to the launch of the new NX 300h crossover. More details about Lexus performance can be found here.
Matt Harrison, Toyota President and Managing Director said: “The past year has been a good one for Toyota and the retail motor industry in the UK as a whole. The results we have achieved demonstrate that Toyota’s pioneering investment in hybrid technology is paying big dividends and continues to reshape public preferences and expectations about vehicle performance, efficiency and refinement.”
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Lexus signed off 2014 with its highest UK sales total since 2007. The 11,572 vehicles sold represented an increase of 28.4 per cent on the previous year’s total.
Central to this success is the phenomenal performance of the new IS sports saloon, which almost doubled its 2013 sales figure. Notably more than 90 per cent of IS leaving Britain’s showrooms have been the hybrid IS 300h, confirming the great customer appeal of its efficient, refined and reliable performance, with significant added tax benefits for business car drivers.
The momentum generated during the past 12 months has the potential to increase further during 2015, not least with the arrival of the new NX, Lexus’s first crossover model. Around 1,000 NX 300h hybrids have already reached the UK’s roads and early next year the range will grow to include the NX 200t, the first model to use Lexus’s new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
The high-performance V8-powered RC F has enjoyed enthusiastic critical response, providing an excellent platform for the launch of the RC coupe, one of a number of new Lexus model introductions that will take place in the coming year.
Richard Balshaw, Lexus Director, said: “The great results achieved in 2014 reflect how Lexus is becoming a more exciting and distinctive luxury brand, giving customers real choice when it comes to innovative styling, advanced technology and the established benefits of Lexus quality and reliability.
“The immediate success of the NX is one example of how we are taking the brand into important new market areas and giving even more customers the chance to enjoy the special benefits of Lexus ownership.”
Mazda UK saw sales in 2014 grow by nearly 21 per cent to 37,784 units, delivering on its promise to dealers at the beginning of the year that it would outperform the market.
Total industry sales were up 9.3 per cent to 2.47m making it the best year for new car sales since 2004, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
“Mazda’s strong performance was underpinned by success in both retail and fleet sectors. Retail sales grew by 15 per cent helping to improve dealer profitability,” said Mazda UK sales director Peter Allibon. “Fleet sales increased by 33 per cent in 2014, with Mazda becoming a more appealing choice for many company car drivers.”
The year saw Mazda consolidate its competitive personal contract purchase (PCP) scheme with 65 per cent of all new Mazdas bought that way.
“This gives dealers a great base for renewal when PCP finance agreements reach maturity,” said Allibon, adding, “We said we would have a great year, and together with our network, we have delivered.”
Meanwhile the industry is forecasting a largely flat year in 2015, with modest growth at best, Mazda is gearing up for its busiest ever year with five model launches in just over six months and is promising to again outperform the market and grow by 18 per cent overall with a further 16 per cent gain in the all-important retail sector.
“Last year was just a rehearsal for what 2015 has in store,” said Allibon.
The success in 2014 also justified Mazda’s decision to rationalise its dealer network to help boost dealer profitability. “In 2012 there were around 130 retail sales per dealer nationally; in 2014 that grew to around 180 and for 2015 we’re forecasting to go well over an average of 200 retail sales through each of our dealer partner locations,” he said.
Mazda3 – the latest addition to the line-up, launched at the beginning of 2014 – ended up the year’s best-seller, overtaking the Mazda2, with total sales of 9,174.
The Mazda6 became the dominant retail player in its segment, accounting for one-in-five sales, outperforming the Ford Mondeo. “When we launched the original Mazda6 in 2002, it was priced £1,000 below the Ford Mondeo,” said Allibon. “Today it has price parity with the VW Passat due to its KODO design styling and SKYACTIV technology which have leveraged its appeal to the retail customer.”
Lexus is reinforcing its sporting character with the world premiere of a new GS F high-performance saloon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on 13 January.
The GS F will be the next addition to Lexus’s ‘F’ line, joining the recently launched RC F coupe. The new model combines a refined, four-door design with the speed and agility of a premium sports car.
The GS F shares the same platform as the Lexus GS, but benefits from extensive enhancements throughout, including the powertrain. This features a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine that produces 467bhp (348kW) at 7,100rpm and peak torque of 527Nm between 4,800 and 5,600rpm*. This sophisticated unit can operate in both the Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles to optimise power or efficiency according to driving conditions. It will be matched to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a manual shift function.
Lexus’s Torque Vectoring Differential, which debuted in the RC F, will be part of the GS F’s standard specification, helping define its handling quality. It will operate in three different modes: -
- Standard (default), for a balance of agility and firmness
- Slalom, emphasising nimble steering response and agility
- Track, delivering stability in high-speed circuit driving
The GS F’s monocoque chassis will feature structural reinforcements and an exclusive suspension package designed to optimise the car’s handling capabilities and ride quality. Drivers can anticipate stable, smooth performance on the open road and rewarding handling when tackling challenging routes or circuit driving.
With a 1,830kg kerb weight*, the GS F is set to be the lightest model in its class.
In sum, the Lexus GS F promises to be a very balanced saloon with a genuine dual personality, equally adept at trimming lap times as it is making the commute back home.
The 2015 Mazda CX-5 upgraded model goes on sale in the UK in spring this year. Priced from £22,295 to £30,595 on-the-road (OTR), the 16-strong model range features significant interior trim and standard equipment specification upgrades, as well as exterior enhancements.
The 2015 Mazda CX-5 model range is available in three grades; SE-L, SE-L Lux and Sport Nav. The range comprises three 2.0 litre petrol two-wheel drive variants equipped with six-speed manual transmissions, and thirteen 2.2 litre diesel versions - six of which are available with all-wheel drive - fitted with a choice of six speed manual or automatic transmissions.
'No other vehicle in the Mazda range demonstrates the value of SKYACTIV technology more clearly than the Mazda CX-5' commented Mazda UK Sales Director, Peter Allibon. 'It has allowed the company to build a Compact SUV that delivers outstanding fuel economy and low CO2 emissions without compromising either performance or driving dynamics. And now, for 2015, significant enhancements and standard equipment upgrades make the Mazda CX-5 more price-competitive than ever before.'
The standard equipment specification of every model in the CX-5 line-up has been enhanced through the addition of manual front passenger seat height adjustment, an electronic parking brake, a coming/leaving home headlamp function, and the company's Multimedia Commander with separate volume dial for safe, intuitive interactivity and infotainment control.
A new 7-inch, full-colour, centre console touch-screen incorporates DAB radio, two ports for USB connectivity and MZD Connect. Paired with a smartphone, MZD Connect makes it easier to take advantage of functions such as internet connectivity and access to social networking services
Top-of-the-range Sport Nav models benefit from new exterior features including 19-inch Gunmetal alloy wheels, LED headlamps including LED daytime running lights, and LED foglamps.
On board, an already comprehensive Sport Nav standard equipment specification is further bolstered by a new Integrated Navigation system which offers greater accuracy, improved search features and three years of free map updating.
SE-L Lux and Sport Nav grade options now include Stone Leather upholstery (in lieu of black), whilst the Sport Nav options list further benefits from Mazda Radar Cruise Control, and an evolution of the Safety Pack which incorporates several newly-developed technologies.
Adaptive LED headlamps (ALH) automatically adjust the array of high beam illumination to avoid dazzling the occupants of both oncoming and preceding vehicles, without the need to switch to low beam lighting.
The Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) with Driver Attention Alert (DAA) builds on the existing Lane Departure Warning system, providing steering wheel vibration and assisted steering if the driver strays from the middle of the chosen lane. Having first learned the owners driving style, DAA operates at speeds of over 40mph, alerting drivers to take a break if it detects a degradation in driving style indicating fatigue.
Advanced Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (BSMw/RCTA) combines two systems in one for greater safety. The system's larger detection area to the side and rear of the vehicle provides better coverage, whilst BSM employs the same system sensors to detect pedestrians, bicycles and other vehicles when reversing.
Rear Smart City Brake Support (RrSCBS) operates at speeds of between 2 and 5mph when reversing, automatically applying the brakes if the system detects an imminent rear impact.
Toyota is opening the door to the hydrogen future, making available thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents royalty free. Announced today at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, this Toyota initiative will spur development and introduction of innovative fuel cell technologies around the world.
Toyota will invite royalty-free use of approximately 5,680 fuel cell related patents held globally, including critical technologies developed for the new Toyota Mirai. The list includes approximately 1,970 patents related to fuel cell stacks, 290 associated with high-pressure hydrogen tanks, 3,350 related to fuel cell system software control and 70 patents related to hydrogen production and supply.
“At Toyota, we believe that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen,” said Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc. “The first generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, launched between 2015 and 2020, will be critical, requiring a concerted effort and unconventional collaboration between automakers, government regulators, academia and energy providers. By eliminating traditional corporate boundaries, we can speed the development of new technologies and move into the future of mobility more quickly, effectively and economically.”
Toyota has a long history of opening its intellectual properties through collaboration, and was instrumental in facilitating the widespread adoption of hybrid vehicles by licensing related patents. Today’s announcement represents the first time that Toyota has made its patents available free of charge and reflects the company’s aggressive support for developing a hydrogen-based society.
This Toyota initiative builds on previous commitments, including substantial financial support for the development of a hydrogen fuelling infrastructure in California and the north eastern United States. In May 2014, Toyota announced a $7.3 million loan to FirstElement Fuels to support the operations and maintenance of 19 hydrogen fuelling stations across California. In November 2014, Toyota announced a collaboration with Air Liquide to develop and supply a phased network of 12 state-of-the-art hydrogen stations targeted for New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The hydrogen fuel cell patents will be made available to automakers who will produce and sell fuel cell vehicles, as well as to fuel cell parts suppliers and energy companies who establish and operate fuelling stations, through the initial market introduction period, anticipated to last until 2020. Companies working to develop and introduce fuel cell buses and industrial equipment, such as forklifts, are also covered. Requests from parts suppliers and companies looking to adapt fuel cell technology outside of the transportation sector will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Today’s announcement covers only fuel cell-related patents wholly owned by Toyota. Patents related to fuel cell vehicles will be available for royalty-free licenses until the end of 2020. Patents for hydrogen production and supply will remain open for an unlimited duration. As part of licensing agreements, Toyota will request, but will not require, that other companies share their fuel cell-related patents with Toyota for similar royalty-free use.
Additional details about Toyota’s fuel cell-related patents, including licensing terms and the application process, will be announced in the weeks ahead.
Seeing in the New Year in style, two new special edition 5-door Mazda2 models, the Black Edition and White Edition, go on sale on January 1 2015 priced at £12,145 on-the-road.
Since its launch in 2007, the current Mazda2 has won over the Supermini segment with its styling flair, engaging driving dynamics and generous equipment specification levels. Embodying the model's energy and spirit, the Black Edition and White Edition bring more than a dash of extra urban chic to the Mazda2 line-up with sporting styling cues and a host of unique specification features.
“The Mazda2 Black Edition and White Edition represent a last chance for our customers to get their hands on a unique version of the current 5-door Mazda2,” said Mazda UK Sales Director, Peter Allibon. “As with every Mazda special edition model, they combine bespoke exterior and interior styling with a lavish standard equipment specification, offering customers stand-out individuality and outstanding value for money.”
A choice of bold, Jet Black Mica or Crystal White Pearlescent exterior colours is complemented by bespoke, diffuser-style rear bumper trim, a Jet Black rear spoiler and power-operated, heated folding door mirrors, rear privacy glass, 15-inch Dark Grey alloy wheels, unique Black Edition and White Edition badging, and the no-cost option of striking, colour-coded bonnet and roof stripe graphics.
On board, that sporting flair is reinforced by body-coloured accents to the door trim and air vents, black cloth upholstery with red piping, glossy Dark Grey audio panel and steering wheel inserts.
A lavish, special edition equipment specification includes manual air-conditioning, a CD player with two speakers, USB and AUX connectivity and a no-cost option steering wheel-integrated Bluetooth® hands-free system.
The new Black Edition and White Edition are powered by Mazda's lively 1.3-litre 75ps petrol engine mated to a slick 5-speed manual transmission. And both urban and open-road safety standards are enhanced by the addition of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and a Traction Control System (TCS).
The appeal of the current Mazda2 model range has been further enhanced through an improved finance offer. All models are now available with Zero deposit, 0% APR* Representative on Mazda Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) and a Deposit Contribution which has been increased from £500 to £750, over a maximum term of 42 months.
The line-up is also available with 0% APR* Conditional Sale with a minimum deposit of 30%, with a maximum term of three years, or 5.9% APR* Conditional Sale with no minimum deposit and a maximum term of five years. Both financial offers are available until March 31 2015.
Mazda’s UK dealers, some of whom have been with the brand for more than 40 years, face their busiest ever year in 2015 and need to make sure they are fully prepared to take advantage of what could turn out to be an exceptional year.
That’s the message from Mazda UK managing director Jeremy Thomson in a New Year call to arms for the company’s 137 dealer partners.
With three totally new models and two major upgrades launched in a little over six months, dealers can expect to be busier than ever and need to make sure they have the right resources they need, he said.
Dealer profitability improved throughout 2014, said Thomson, adding “those who get it right in 2015 will be even better rewarded.”
“There’s the chance for an exceptional year if they approach next year’s planning in the right way, looking carefully at launch budgets, staffing levels – both in the showroom and workshops – and marketing plans,” said Thomson. “There’s never been a better opportunity.”
The year kicks off with major revisions to the Mazda6, a car which has already delivered remarkable success, accounting for up to one in five of all retail sales in its segment, outperforming models from the mass-market manufacturers, as well as proving hugely popular with company drivers.
“The improvements, especially to the interior, will allow us to compete effectively with mainstream and premium brands” said Thomson.
Next up comes the all-new Mazda2, followed by an upgrade for the Mazda CX-5, demand for which, three years after its launch, still outstrips supply making it one of the most sought-after crossovers on the market.
Mazda then enters a completely new segment with the mid-year launch of the B-segment All-new Mazda CX-3 crossover SUV with the all-new Mazda MX-5 arriving later in the year.
By then the all-new Mazda3, launched at the beginning of 2014, will become the “oldest” car in the new Mazda line-up – it also means that 97 per cent of all Mazdas sold in 2015 will be SKYACTIV models, bring unprecedented levels of fuel efficiency and performance to Mazda customers.
“We said we would deliver 20 per cent sales growth in 2014 and we have. For 2015 we’re going to see sales grow by another 10 per cent, taking us to around 45,000 sales and a market share of 1.8 per cent in what is predicted to be a relatively flat market” said Thomson.
RRG Mazda today announced it has signed a significant deal with Stockport-based software company CDL, to supply 32 brand new Mazda6 2.2d SE-L NAV 150PS 4dr Diesel Manual models. The deal comes on the back of a successful year for RRG Mazda’s Fleet department who have increased sales by 21% over the past 12 months aided by the new more efficient Mazda model line-up.
CDL, a market leader in software solutions for high volume retail insurance operations, selected RRG after working with the North’s largest car dealership group for several years. Commenting on the deal, CDL Fleet Manager, Jane Blackburn said: “We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with RRG over the last four years and this was a contributing factor in our decision.”
Talking about the reasons for choosing Mazda ahead of competitors, CDL HR Director, Peter Larkham, was quick to praise both the business benefits and the driver practicality that the Mazda6 Saloon provides, adding: “Sustainability is one of our four key principles, and our environmental polices inform how we operate. The environmental performance and the fuel economy that the Mazda6 provides were influential factors in our decision.”
RRG Mazda has helped countless Greater Manchester businesses and their employees save money with vehicles including the all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 compact SUV consistently attracting fleet buyers in and around Stockport.
Low CO2 emissions across the Mazda line-up - from 104g/km* for the all-new Mazda3 and Mazda6 powered by the 2.2-litre 150ps SKYACTIV-D diesel engine and from 119g/km** from the same engine in the Mazda CX-5 - deliver financial benefits in terms of benefit-in-kind tax bills for company car drivers and Class 1A National Insurance and capital allowances for employers.
Additionally, excellent fuel economy is also available with the all-new Mazda3 and Mazda6 returning up to an incredible 72.4mpg - unmatched performance and economy from the available power - and the Mazda CX-5 up to 61.4mpg.
For more information on fleet deals, and the Mazda range of vehicles, visit RRG Mazda on Rooth Street, Stockport, call Richard Wilson, Fleet and Local business specialist on 0161 728 8284 / 07790 842718 or go to www.rrgcontracthire.com
For more information about CDL, please visit www.cdl.co.uk
Mazda was named ‘Best Car Manufacturer’ at the prestigious 2014 Which? awards ceremony held at Kings Place in London.
The awards are allocated to those companies that consistently get it right for consumers. Launched in 2007, the annual Which? awards aim to celebrate the very best businesses in the UK. This year, Mazda was one of 11 winners, each recognised as the leader in their respective field. In the automotive sector, the Japanese brand fought off tough competition from Audi, BMW, Honda and Skoda to once again claim the crown it first won in 2008.
Which? Magazine writes: “Mazda is a worthy winner with more than two thirds of its cars rated as best buys and scored well with owners for reliability and satisfaction.
“The Mazda3 offers a winning combination of fuel economy, style and driving enjoyment. The Mazda6, launched in 2013, continues to impress us with a premium car feel at a non-premium price.”
Jeremy Thomson, Mazda UK managing director, commented: “To be recognised by such a respected independent organisation as Which?, is testament to the success of our convention-defying approach to creating and marketing cars. Our innovative fuel-saving SKYACTIV technology offers Mazda buyers the best of both worlds: big-engine performance and small-engine economy. As emission-based car tax systems in the UK are destined to become ever more strict, our fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles will continue to save consumers money, while ensuring a thrilling driving experience.”
Which? recognises businesses that have achieved positive change and deliver excellent products and services that score highly in its research and testing. This year’s awards were chosen by an expert panel of judges, including Which? reporters and industry specialists.
Last year, at the 2013 Which? Car Survey awards, the world’s best-selling two-seater sportscar, the Mazda MX-5, was presented with ‘Britain’s most reliable new sportscar’ trophy following the biggest consumer survey of car satisfaction and reliability conducted in the UK.
Peugeot is certainly on a roll. Having recently won the much coveted 2014 European Car of the Year title in March, the New 308 has now been awarded the key accolade at the 2014 Fleet World Honours of ‘Best New Car’, which recognises the appeal of cars in the important Fleet and Business Market.
peugeot awarded two key fleet world honours
Peugeot 308 – 'Best New Car' in the 2014 Fleet World Honours
The New 308 is a car 140kg lighter than its predecessor, with a stylish exterior, an i-Cockpit inspired interior that combines instrumentation viewed over the smaller steering wheel, a large touchscreen control display, a wide range of new PureTech Petrol and BlueHDi Diesel engines – each with class-leading performance and CO2 emissions from just 82g/km. Available in a five-door hatchback or SW estate, both with the biggest boot space in their sector, the 308 already has the pedigree for a winning formula.
Fleet World Editor, Steve Moody, commented: "The 308 is the best car Peugeot has launched in years, with super-low emissions, an excellent three cylinder petrol engine, lots of space and a cabin that is as good as anything from a premium brand, if not better. The clever infotainment system also means drivers are distracted less and it's keenly priced too, making it a major force in fleet."
At the same event ceremony, the Peugeot Bipper was also awarded the ‘Best Light Van’ in the Van Fleet World Honours.
Peugeot Bipper Van – ‘Best Light Van’ in the 2014 Fleet World
The Bipper is a popular choice for local deliveries or for compact, cost-effective transport as its size and taller design is a perfect shape for this purpose. Combining a good level of specification, capability and efficient engines for performance, the Bipper is a natural winner, having won the International Van of the Year title previously.
Light Commercial Van sales for Peugeot were up 52% in the first quarter of 2014.
John Kendall, Fleet World Van Editor, commented: "If you need a light van, the versatile Bipper is hard to beat. High payload and low running costs give it an enduring appeal."
ŠKODA has won the Most Improved Manufacturer award at the Fleet World Honours, in a ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall, London. The Octavia picked up the Best Estate title.
Patrick McGillycuddy, Head of Fleet for ŠKODA UK, said: “We are very pleased to have been recognised by industry leaders as the manufacturer that has made the most significant progress during the past year. We have taken large steps to grow our team, brand presence and model line-up for company car drivers, and our ever-increasing market share within fleet demonstrates that this strategy is clearly paying off.”
Praising ŠKODA for its achievements, Fleet World editor Steve Moody said: “The Most Improved Manufacturer is an award that ŠKODA has been threatening to win for a number of years with its phenomenal growth in fleet.”
Fleet World magazine is aimed specifically at director-level fleet decision makers and offers expert advice on issues facing the fleet industry. The judging panel for the awards included experts from the publication’s editorial team as well as representatives from leasing companies and fleet data providers.
In total, 88 Peugeot dealers across the UK are recognised as Peugeot Business Centres, making up over 40% of the Peugeot UK Network.
In order to qualify, the centres must meet more than 35 standards across business areas. These include ensuring that staff are well trained to achieve high levels of expertise, so that the Business Specialist can cater for all customer requirements, from fleet management to demystifying finance. In addition, there is a need for Business Centre Dealers to provide a wide selection of car and LCV demonstration and display vehicles
From an after sales perspective, Peugeot Business Centre Dealers need specialist business after sales advisors and highly trained technicians familiar with the Brand’s latest technological features, and ensure customer mobility by providing a supplementary vehicle, with collection and delivery services.
Nick Crossley, head of Peugeot business sales, said: ‘At Peugeot we pride ourselves in ensuring that customers receive the very highest level of care and service tailored to their business needs. Our Peugeot Business Centre Network and National Key Account Managers are always on hand to support our customers. With a “one business” attitude they provide up-to-date information on our products, prices and a range of services all aimed at best helping customers choose the right products to enhance their business requirements.’
‘The Dealer standards programme ensures the highest quality of service across the Dealer network, so that our business customers can be assured of receiving class-leading product and service.’
Peugeot are delighted to let you know that the iconic Peugeot 208 has recently been named 'Best Small Car' in the Fleet News Awards. It's a big award for a small car and we hope it's one you'll want to share with your fleet drivers.
With CO2 emissions from just 87g/km and all diesel models under 99g/km, plus fuel economy of up to 83.1 mpg and a low BIK of just £18 per month, this little gem packs a mighty punch.
The Peugeot 208 is a driver's dream with a compact steering wheel for added control, generous boot space, DAB radio, multifunctional colour touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity and refrigerated glove box to keep your drink cool on a long drive.
SKYACTIV technology delivers tax and MPG savings
Fleet managers were queuing up at the recent Fleet World Show, held at the world famous Silverstone complex in Northamptonshire on Wednesday, 9 April, to put Mazda’s sixth generation SKYACTIV-D diesel engined models - all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 - through their paces.
Mazda’s emission-cutting, fuel-saving SKYACTIV technology powering its key company cars - the all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 - is one of the reasons why fleet decision-makers and company car drivers are so attracted to the brand.
Operating company cars that deliver financial savings to both employers and employees as a result of low emissions and excellent fuel economy as well as reducing an organisation’s carbon footprint is among the key issues on fleet managers’ agendas.
Both the all-new Mazda3 and the ever-popular fleet favourite Mazda6 deliver CO2 emissions from just 104g/km* from their 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel engines meaning company car tax bills for drivers from just £44 a month**, while simultaneously returning up to an incredible 72.4 mpg* - unmatched performance and economy from the available power.
Meanwhile, the Mazda CX-5 powered by the same 2.2-litre 150ps SKYACTIV- D diesel engine mated to 2WD returns up to 61.4mpg*** and emissions from 119g/km***, which outclasses models from rival marques. Company car benefit-in-kind tax bills are from only £71^ a month.
Robert Lucas-Garner, director and general manager of Telford-based adhesive applications business Valco Cincinnati, which operates a small user-chooser fleet, said after driving the Mazda6 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D 150ps Sport: “The old Mazda6 was a good car, but the new model is a great car.”
The company has on its fleet a Tourer version of the current and previous generation Mazda6 and, he added: “The SKYACTIV model is extremely smooth and the fit and finish of the interior is fantastic.
“Company car benefit-in-kind tax is an important issue for staff and the business. We also continue to offer drivers a fully expensed company car although we now also offer the option to make a contribution towards their private fuel use to reduce their overall tax bill and more are making that choice, which means that fuel efficiency is important to them. The Mazda ticks both boxes; it is an extremely good car.”
Tony Overton, fleet manager at Sutton Coldfield-based Contract Fire Security, is looking to further “green” the company’s vehicle choice list.
In charge of a fleet of 145 company cars and 40 light commercial vehicles, Overton said both the all-new Mazda3 and Mazda6 could potentially feature on the new fleet policy.
“The CO2 and MPG figures on both models are very attractive,” he said. “We are aiming to give our company car drivers increased model choice with the new policy, while also delivering benefit-in-kind tax savings to employees compared with current models.
“Additionally, as a business we want to be seen to be “greener” in our choice of cars because that is important from our customers’ perspective.”
After viewing the Mazda6 diesel, which delivers benefit-in-kind tax bills from £59 a month in 2014/15, Overton said: “It is a good looking car I think that our drivers will be attracted to the model if we decide to include it on our choice list.”
James Jeffery, fleet manager at Northampton-headquartered Travis Perkins, was also visiting the Show on an environmental fact-finding mission as the company continues to seek out opportunities to further “green” its 2,000-strong car fleet.
After driving the all-new Mazda3 Sport diesel, Jeffrey said: “Both the all-new Mazda3 and the Mazda6 would fit into our company car choice list. The MPG and CO2 figures stack up very well and the car was very comfortable to drive.”
Sheffield-based steel company Cogne UK operates a 22-strong user-chooser company car fleet, and is also seeking to introduce an environmental element to the policy.
Group transport manager Robert Mulgrew said after driving the Mazda6 diesel: “Our current company car policy is cost led, but that is changing to also include CO2 and MPG factors. We want to encourage our drivers into “cleaner” cars.
“I was very impressed with the Mazda6. Visiting the Show it was one of the cars I wanted to drive. The power, ride and handling were all very good and it definitely ticks all the boxes.”
Chris Stableford, Mazda’s National Fleet Sales Manager, said: “Interest in our cars at the Fleet World Show has been fantastic and we are confident that the new business opportunities created will translate into sales.”
Mazda will be showcasing its multi award-winning SKYACTIV technology powering the all-new Mazda3, the fleet favourite Mazda6 and the popular Mazda CX-5 at this month’s Fleet Show.
To be held at the world famous Silverstone complex in Northamptonshire on Wednesday, 9 April, hundreds of fleet decision-makers will have the opportunity to put Mazda’s latest SKYACTIV equipped cars through their paces.
Fleet decision-makers will be able to take to both the Grand Prix and Stowe racing circuits as well as local public roads in a cross-section of models from the all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX 5 ranges with two models also displayed in the exhibition area in the Silverstone Wing.
Additionally, in the exhibition area fleet chiefs will be able to discuss their Mazda fleet requirements with the marque’s corporate sales team.
Mazda has seen fleet sales accelerate more than 80 percent as its 2013/14 financial year draws to a close against a total fleet market up less than 10 percent during that period, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) data.
Sales are expected to soar even further in 2014 based on the financial, environmental, styling and performance attributes of the established Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 now complemented by the recently launched all-new Mazda3.
All three models feature Mazda’s breakthrough emission-cutting, fuel-saving SKYACTIV technology, which delivers fuel bill savings to businesses and tax savings to employers and company car drivers.
Tomlinson said: “The introduction of SKYACTIV technology has delivered a fleet renaissance for Mazda. Fleet operators and company car drivers alike are looking to save money and SKYACTIV technology in the all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 enables them to do just that.
“Our fleet focus over the next 12 months remains on raising awareness of the three models in the corporate sector and enabling decision-makers to experience the benefits of SKYACTIV technology.
“At the Show visitors will be able to drive the models back-to-back with rival vehicles and we believe the financial benefits allied to the style and specification of the all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 mean they will find their way into company car parks in significant numbers.
“Fleet decision-makers attending this year’s Fleet Show have the ideal opportunity to test the models in real world conditions and discuss the whole life cost benefits with the Mazda corporate sales team.”
Diesel demand for the Mazda3 is expected to be particularly strong and Show visitors will be able to get behind the wheel of the 2.2-litre 150ps SKYACTIV-D derivative, which is Euro6 emission compliant and returns an exceptional 72.4mpg and has emissions from just 104g/km*.
The 36-strong all-new third-generation Mazda3 line-up of 21 hatchback and 15 Fastback models start at £16,695 on-the-road with a choice of SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav specifications.
Also available to put through its paces will be a selection of Mazda6 models powered by the same 2.2-litre 150ps SKYACTIV-D engine as well as the 175ps option. The 2.2-litre 150ps SKYACTIV-D is the key fleet model in the Mazda6 range and the Saloon returns an incredible 72.4 mpg with CO2 emissions of only 104g/km delivering unmatched performance and economy from the available power. The 175ps model is equally potent and returns 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km.
On-the-road prices start at £19,595 for the Mazda6 range with a choice of SE, SE-L and Sport trim levels and all are available with optional navigation.
Meanwhile, the Mazda CX-5 will also be available to drive powered by the same 2.2-litre 150ps SKYACTIV-D engine mated to 2WD returning 61.4mpg and emissions of 119g/km. On-the-road prices start at £21,595 for the Mazda CX-5 range with a choice of SE-L, SE-L Lux and Sport trim levels all available with navigation.
The Fleet Show, hosted by monthly publication Fleet World, is being held for the third year in succession. Further information is available at www.thefleetshow.co.uk or to register to attend go to www.thefleetshow.co.uk/visiting.
*All-new Mazda3 2.2-litre Fastback 150ps Diesel manual
For months it’s been talked about, but now we can finally announce that the New Peugeot 308 is here and ready to join your fleet. Sitting lower on the tarmac, its redefined shape and distinctive styling aims to give the hatchback market some much-missed dynamism and driving satisfaction.
And it would seem the judges agree, as it’s just been crowned Car of the Year beating 29 other models.
Why the New Peugeot 308 is perfect for your fleet:
• Segment leading petrol and diesel engines with CO2 from just 82g/km
• 140kg lighter than its predecessor
• Peugeot i-Cockpit with 9.7 touchscreen
• Modern, pure uncluttered interior
• Lower centre of gravity for easier handling
Discover more about the New 308 and how it redefines driving sensations by watching our series of videos featuring motoring journalist Jonny Smith.
The New 308 is available to order now for your fleet. Request a callback to find out more.
Strong residual values, coupled with lowest average depreciation and 2014/15 company car benefit-in-kind tax bills lower than a host of rivals are set to make the all-new Mazda3 the prudent financial choice for fleet managers and drivers alike.
The latest data from vehicle valuation experts CAP Automotive reveals that the all-new SKYACTIV Mazda3 range tops the tables and beats numerous lower medium sector rivals in terms of average forecasted pound note depreciation including the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Peugeot 308, Renault Megane, Toyota Auris, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf.
Meanwhile, company car drivers seeking to cut their benefit-in-kind tax bills can make significant savings by choosing the all-new Mazda3 ahead of many more expensive rivals that almost without exception have higher CO2 emissions including the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai i30, Toyota Auris, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf.
The all-new Mazda3 range has one of the highest average residual values with an average three years/60,000-mile residual value of 37 per cent, which is only three percentage points behind the more expensive Volkswagen Golf (40 per cent) and 11 percentage points ahead of the Renault Megane (26 per cent), according to January 2014 data from CAP Automotive.
Furthermore, in terms of forecast average range depreciation the all-new Mazda3 leads the class at £12,618 over the fleet benchmark period of three-years/60,000 miles with £14,263 for the more expensive Volkswagen Golf.
The average depreciation saving for fleets choosing the all-new Mazda3 versus a range of rivals over three years/60,000 miles is significant and up to a staggering £2,727 (see chart below).
The residual value and benefit-in-kind tax strengths of the all-new Mazda3 are expected to further increase Mazda fleet sales, which as the company’s 2013/14 financial year draws to a close are around 85 per cent up versus 2012/13 figures.
Design desirability featuring sporty looks coupled with the key ingredients of low CO2 emissions, excellent fuel economy and competitive pricing, are anticipated to make the all-new Mazda3 a fleet winner thus adding to the marque’s corporate success alongside the fleet favourite Mazda6 and compact SUV Mazda CX-5, both featuring breakthrough SKYACTIV technology.
Indeed, low CO2 emissions starting at just 104g/km from the SKYACTIV-D diesel 2.2-litre 150ps engine line-up and from only 119g/km for the SKYACTIV-G petrol engine range delivering power outputs of 1.5-litre 100ps, 2.0-litre 120ps and 2.0-litre 165ps also deliver financial savings to employers in terms of Class 1A National Insurance paid on employee benefits-in-kind and first year £0 Vehicle Excise Duty on virtually every model in the range.
Benefit-in-kind tax in 2014/15 for the petrol engine range of five-door Hatchback and four-door Fastback models starts at just £42 a month if a basic rate taxpayer (20%) or £85 at the higher rate (40%) on the entry-level all-new Mazda3 Hatchback 100ps SE (119gkm) model. Similarly, on the diesel engine range it starts at only £48/£96 for the all-new Mazda3 Fastback 150ps SE (104g/km).
The all-new Mazda3 is the third car in the marque’s line-up to benefit from SKYACTIV technology and the 36-strong model line-up offers precision handling, exceptionally generous interior cabin space, and sporty design to give standout appeal both on the road and in the company car park.
Mazda Head of Fleet Steve Tomlinson said: “All-new Mazda3 delivers fantastic value to fleet managers in terms of cost reduction, which is a key contributor to all-important whole life cost figures on which many businesses base their company car choice lists.
“Meanwhile, all company car drivers are looking to reduce their tax bills and free up cash to meet other expenditure. The all-new Mazda3 delivers class-leading CO2 emissions with no compromise on performance giving a real alternative to the traditional in both the C and C/D segments.”
On-the-road (OTR) prices start at £16,695 for the all-new Mazda3 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G 100ps SE Hatchback and extend to £23,345 for the all-new Mazda3 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D 150ps Sport Nav Auto Hatchback. Meanwhile, OTR prices for the all-new Mazda3 Fastback featuring the emission-busting 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D 150ps (104g/km) engine start at £19,245 for the SE derivative and extend to £22,145 for the Sport Nav variant.
Businesses could cash in by making the switch from diesel to hybrid after the EU Commission launches legal proceedings against the UK for failing to deal with air pollution.
Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services is calling on fleets to make the switch from diesel to hybrid, in the wake of an announcement from the European Commission that legal proceedings have been launched against the UK for failing to deal with air pollution.
It is estimated that there are 5,000 premature deaths in the UK each year linked to combustion exhaust fumes.*
Emissions from Toyota hybrid vehicles – which mate a conventional petrol engine to an electric motor – contain no particulates, virtually no nitrogen oxides (NOx) and emit lower levels of CO2 than diesel rivals. Concurrently, hybrids can save drivers and businesses thousands of pounds per vehicle on tax, fuel and whole life costs.
The lowest emitting hybrid in Toyota’s six-strong range is the Prius Plug-in, which produces just 49g/kg, and delivers combined mpg of up to 134.5 on the combined cycle.
Extolling the many benefits of hybrid for fleets, Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services General Manager Neil Broad, said “Diesel-engine vehicles are a major source of harmful pollution – despite using catalytic converters and filters, which are expensive to buy and service. With a petrol full hybrid, particulate emissions are entirely eliminated and NOx levels are on average a tenth of the diesel limit set by the forthcoming Euro 6 legislation.”
“A petrol hybrid has no starter motor, drive belts, alternator or clutch to service or replace, and its brake pads last longer thanks to regenerative braking. Petrol full hybrid drivers enjoy a lower personal tax (benefit in kind) liability than diesel drivers, while the employer gains from a company tax advantage and lower Class 1 National Insurance contributions.”
Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services are highlighting hybrid models’ ability to run entirely on electric at low speeds and cleaner exhaust emissions with a ‘Stop Smoking for Good’ campaign. An information pack about hybrid vehicles, that apes the aesthetic of kits sent to cigarette smokers who are trying to kick their habit, is being sent to fleet managers across the UK.
Neil Broad said: ”The UK needs to improve its air quality and the government is considering radical solutions to the problem. Our message is that you don’t need to be radical; instead you can quit smoking for good by choosing petrol hybrid over diesel. The right choice is a vehicle that minimises damage to lives, health and the environment. Thankfully, in the case of petrol hybrids, that choice also makes complete economic sense.”
If you believe that a Toyota or Lexus hybrid is right for your fleet, or you would like to find out more, visit the Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services website. If you’d like more information on any one of our hybrid models, visit the designated section of the Toyota UK and Lexus UK websites. For test drives, leave a comment below, and we’ll be in touch shortly.
*Environmental Science Technology – Public Health Impacts of Combustion Emissions in the United Kingdom 12/03/12; COMEAP – Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution.
When bad weather bites, you still need to keep your drivers safe and on the road. That’s why selected Peugeot Bipper, Partner and Expert vans now come with Grip Control – four useful driving modes to tackle tricky conditions including snow and mud.
Our All-Terrain vans are a practical and economical choice for all year round, with an OTR price starting at just £14,690*. They enable drivers to cope with difficult conditions, plus they’re great value - efficient to run with excellent mileage and low CO2 emissions from just 119g/km*, the same as our standard models. They’re a brilliant solution to our unpredictable British weather; after all, you don’t want to get caught out with vehicles that can’t cope, or rent out expensive 4x4s that you might not need.
So why not book a demo by calling our Fleet Centre on 0843 308 8189 and try out our Bipper, Partner, or Expert All-Terrain vans for yourself?
*Bipper S ATV 1.3 HD
*Bipper S ATV 1.3 HDi 75
With the launch of the New Peugeot 308 underway, we'd like to turn your attention to the New 308 SW coming in June 2014.
Unlike many estate cars that sacrifice responsiveness and driver satisfaction, the New 308 SW has been carefully reconsidered to be just as dynamic and intuitive on the road as the New 308 Hatch.
With an impressive 660 litres of practical space (the rear seats fold down in a single action to create a perfectly flat floor) and built on the revolutionary new EMP2 chassis, it shares the New 308's uncluttered Peugeot i-Cockpit interior, which includes a 9.7" touchscreen. It's also 140kg lighter than its predecessor and at launch will come with a range of Euro 6 petrol and diesel engines including a BlueHDi engine that delivers an incredible 85g/km of CO2 – a new benchmark in this segment.
So if your business demands more practicality without sacrificing style and driving experience, then the New 308 SW could be for you.
The New 308 SW launches in the summer.
The award-winning Mazda6 with advanced SKYACTIV Technology is now available at RRG Mazda for a market-leading monthly rental rate of £199+VAT through Mazda Contract Hire.
New reduced monthly contract hire rates, which are available to business customers across the entire Mazda6 range at RRG Mazda Manchester, RRG Mazda Rochdale and RRG Mazda Stockport until the 31 March 2014, are the result of a significant increase in the model’s residual value.
“We’re expecting these hire rate reductions to boost corporate demand for Mazda6. The £10 per month cut in monthly contract hire rates, compared with the final quarter of last year, is available to all business users until 31 March 2014,” comments Richarsd Wilson, Mazda Business Centre Manager, at RRG Contract Hire.
In the last two months residual value forecasters at CAP Automotive have given the Mazda6, which was launched 12-months ago, an average three percentage point uplift to 34 percent across the range. That confidence and support for the Mazda6 range, the Japanese marque’s best-selling fleet model, has resulted in Mazda Contract Hire further improving its lease rates across the line-up for the first quarter of 2014.
“These lower rates further strengthen Mazda6’s position at the forefront of the C/D segment in regard to contract hire rentals, and this will build on the sales momentum we are experiencing with this car, up 280 percent year on year – increasing footfall to our [ROAD] showroom. Additionally, there are no lengthy lead times on deliveries of Mazda6 at RRG Mazda,” adds Wilson.
On a standard industry payment profile of 6-0-35, the Mazda6 Saloon 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D 150ps SE is available for just £199+VAT per month on a 10,000 miles per year, non-maintained package.
Other sample prices on similar terms include:
Model PS Price (+VAT)
Mazda6 Saloon 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D SE-L 150 £209
Mazda6 Saloon 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D Sport 150 £249
Mazda6 Tourer 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D SE 150 £209
Mazda6 Tourer 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D SE-L 150 £219
Mazda6 Tourer 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D Sport 150 £259
The award-winning Mazda6 is available in Saloon and Tourer bodystyles with a choice of 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol 145ps and 165ps engines and 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D 150ps twinned with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions and six trim levels (SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav).
The 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D 150ps engine powering both the Mazda6 Saloon and Tourer manual models delivers CO2 emissions of just 104g/km and 110g/km, and fuel economy of 72.4mpg and 67.3mpg respectively, on the combined cycle making these cars two of the most tax and fuel-efficient models in the class.
Across the UK, Mazda fleet sales accelerated by a massive 84 percent last year (April to December), as the total fleet car market grew just seven percent. Now, RRG Mazda is expecting fleet sales to soar even further during 2014 boosted by the Japanese brand’s unique fuel-saving SKYACTIV technology and the arrival of all-new Mazda3.
“The Mazda6 featuring breakthrough SKYACTIV technology went on sale early in 2013 and corporate demand for the award-winning model has been huge with total sales of that model last year more than double those of the previous 12 months,” comments Paul Arden, General Sales Manager at RRG Mazda Rochdale.
“Demand for Mazda’s award-winning CX-5 compact SUV range, the first Mazda to feature SKYACTIV technology, also boosted fleet sales at our Manchester, Rochdale and Stockport showrooms. The third model in the Mazda range to feature SKYACTIV technology, the all-new Mazda3, went on sale at RRG Mazda in January and we are confident this class-leading newcomer will further increase corporate demand,” adds Arden.
“Competitive prices for Mazda6 combined with SKYACTIV technology offering low CO2 emissions (from just 104g/km) and excellent fuel consumption (up to 72.4mpg), along with its cutting-edge design and styling, has proved to be a winning combination for businesses around Manchester. Local companies have been pleased to talk to a local dealer selling good cars which are competitive in terms of tax efficiency and whole life costs, and are supported with great finance and leasing packages,” concludes Arden.
Now on display at RRG Mazda, the all-new Mazda3 is available in two body styles – Hatchback and Fastback (saloon) – priced from £16,695 (on-the-road) with all the key ingredients to ensure it appeals immensely to fleet buyers. There’s a choice of four engines and five equipment levels, plus remarkable fuel economy (up to 72.4mpg, combined cycle) and low CO2 emissions (from 104g/km).
Mazda UK Head of Fleet, Steve Tomlinson says: “The introduction of SKYACTIV technology has delivered a fleet renaissance for Mazda. The Mazda6 has become the ‘car of choice’ in the fleet sector, delivering greater financial savings to businesses and drivers alike, together with improved fuel economy. There is strong fleet demand for the Mazda CX-5 and with the all-new Mazda3 in showrooms now, 2014 will be an exciting year for Mazda.”
For all Mazda enquiries, contact RRG Mazda Manchester, RRG Mazda Rochdale or RRG Mazda Stockport or for specific business enquires visti our specialist business user website www.rrgcontracthire.com
We'd like to introduce you to the Peugeot Partner Electric. It combines all the features you would expect from the UK's bestselling small van with an electric drive train to reduce your company's running costs.
You can forget any preconceptions about electric vehicles, the Partner Electric has a range of up to 106 miles with a top speed of 68 mph. It takes just 35 minutes to recharge to 80% in conjunction with the rapid charging facility and 8 hours for the full 100% via the standard charging unit. And unlike its competitors the cost of the battery is included in the price.
What's more, being 100% electric with zero emissions it's not only kinder to the environment, but your bottom line too. It costs between £1.25 and £2.80 per 100 miles, plus it's exempt from road tax, BIK and the London congestion charge. The vehicles are automatically eligible for the Plug in Van Grant – a 20% subsidy on purchase price.
Finally with a load volume of up to 3.3m3, a load length of 1.80m and a payload of 636kg, there's no compromise on practicality.
Fleet and company car driver demand for the multi award-winning all-new Mazda6 is expected to increase even further with the launch of a free navigation (Nav) model upgrade campaign.
The cost of upgrading from a standard all-new Mazda6 without Nav to a Nav-equipped car is usually £700, but until the end of 2013 the upgrade is available to fleet and company car drivers at no cost.
The offer applies across the entire all-new Mazda6 range of Saloon and Tourer models and enables, for example, a customer to upgrade from the 2.2-litre 150ps SKYACTIV-D Saloon SE-L, priced at £22,795 on-the-road (OTR) to the 2.2-litre 150ps SKYACTIV-D Saloon SE-L Nav variant, with a list price of £23,495 OTR at no extra cost. Both models emit just 108g/km of CO2 and achieve a combined cycle fuel economy of 67.3mpg.
The navigation upgrade offer is available to all companies who contract hire their cars via leasing companies, irrespective of the size of their business or their company car fleet. It is also available to all small businesses via their local dealer.
The all-new Mazda6 has taken the corporate market by storm following its UK launch early this year thanks to its breakthrough SKYACTIV technology which uses lightweight engines, transmissions, body and chassis to deliver class-leading tax-efficiency and fuel economy without comprising on performance.
That unique combination coupled with established Mazda hallmarks of low total cost of ownership figures, strong residual values, first-class reliability, sporty styling and excellent performance has contributed to the all-new Mazda6 being named ‘Best Upper Medium Car’ 2013 by leading industry publications Fleet News and Fleet World, as well as ‘Best Family Car’ by Auto Express.
Mazda Head of Fleet Steve Tomlinson said: “Satellite navigation is a ‘must have’ feature for many fleets and company car drivers and navigation-equipped models are already extremely popular across the Mazda range - the 2.2-litre 150ps SKYACTIV-D Saloon SE-L Nav is the biggest seller in fleet followed by the 2.2-litre 150ps Saloon Sport Nav model.
“The new campaign will accelerate orders for all-new Mazda6 Nav models and we are particularly keen for our dealers to engage with businesses in their local areas and promote the offer. We know from Mazda6 orders just how important satellite navigation is for company car drivers. The new offer will make all-new Mazda6 Nav models more accessible and make the car an even more compelling proposition to businesses that either outright purchase or contract hire their vehicles.”
The TomTom satellite navigation system in the all-new Mazda6 gives European road network coverage and features include voice control; ‘Live Services’* that provide accurate traffic information updates every two minutes and a route change alternative to avoid traffic jams; ‘TomTom Places’ that provide information on the location of millions of businesses and other services including addresses and phone numbers; safety alerts warning of real time mobile speed camera locations and average speed checks; and point of interest navigation.
The all-new Mazda6 is available in Saloon and Tourer bodystyles with a choice of 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol 145ps and 165ps and 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D 150ps and 175ps engines twinned with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions and six trim levels (SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav). Prices range from £19,595 to £28,295 on-the-road (OTR).
*after an initial three months a subscription can be purchased from TomTom to extend these services.
Kia UK’s fleet boss, John Hargreaves, has claimed that the firm is now operating as a fully-fledged fleet manufacturer following its rapid growth in the UK marketplace.
Speaking exclusively to BusinessCar, he said: “It’s more a case now of we are doing what everyone else is in that we’re attacking the segments. We’re acting like a fleet manufacturer now.
“We’ve got 3.1% of the current market share in fleet. This time last year it was around 2% and for the full year it was 2.5% last year.”
Part of the expansion is down to large public sector contracts, such as supplying Ceed SWs to the Environment Agency and the MoD. It also gained ground with major blue-chip companies where employees had “moved out of Mondeos and into Sportages”.
Addressing the product expansion, Hargreaves said there was still more to come, including a new MPV: “There’s the Ceed SW, the Sorento and a new people carrier in the spring of next year, and then the Cee’d three-door.
"The job is to build up the acceptance of the brand in general, and in fleet our job is to get ourselves considered by people who have a choice of car. They will have traditionally defaulted to the German badges or Ford.
“The MPV will be approximately next spring. It’s effectively replacing the Carens but is also a partial replacement for the Sedona. Instead of having two MPVs we will have one, which will be between the two in terms of size.”
RRG Group's Fleet Department are holding their 2011 Annual Fleet Event at ...
The Point – Lancashire Cricket Club on the 14th April between 10.00am and 5.00pm.
This year’s event promises to be the best yet, with the exciting launch of some fantastic new models by our franchise partners.
The brand new Lexus CT 200h, the new Peugeot 508 and the new Kia Sportage will be on display as well as many more superb models – all of which will be available to test drive on the day.
Previous events have proved very popular and particularly this year with the stunning new and long awaited product line up – we anticipate that places will be highly sought after.
Please confirm your attendance as soon as possible.
As well as being able to enjoy the stunning products on display, we will also be able to offer you the opportunity to practice your golf swing, shooting skills and driving prowess!
We’re delighted that we will have the ex European Open winner Andrew Murray, Golf Professional - with us on the day, offering tips and advice on your technique.
Once you’ve perfected your swing, you can try your hand at the new state of the art Clay Pigeon Shooting simulator and put pedal to the metal with the twin seat indoor racing car simulator.
The real aim of the day is clearly to offer you the opportunity to see the fantastic new models that are available from RRG Group Fleet as well as test drive the whole RRG Fleet product range together in one venue.
For more information or to confirm your attendance, please call RRG Group Fleet on 0161 635 0221 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
RRG Group's Fleet Department are celebrating success once again after receiving another award at the Toyota and Lexus Fleet awards.
Andy Houston's team were recognised as 'Best Service to Direct Invoice Accounts' by both Toyota GB and Lexus Division
The awards held annually at Birmingham Metropole are designed to recognise all the hard work and efforts put in by Fleet managers and departments across the network. Andy and his team are getting quite a collection of awards with previous titles including:
"Business Centre of the Year"
"Best General Manager of Fleet"
"Business Centre Manager of the Year" on two occasions
"TFS Funding Centre of the Year."
The RRG Group are delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Cliff and Arran Bangham as joint Managing Directors.
Commenting on the appointments, Group Chairman, Osamu Ito said "It gives me great pleasure to announce the promotion of Arran and Tony. We have the best Motor Retail operation in the whole of the Marubeni organisation and I know Tony and Arran have the passion and desire to continue to grow this business and continue to be the best not only in our Group but also in the UK."
In a move to make the management structure more streamlined, Arran and Tony will now have joint responsibility for all business operations.
The key success factors of the Group will not change. The desire to be the best in business whether it is in terms of sales volume, customer satisfaction, aftersales performance, staff and customer retention has never been greater.
Tony commented, “I am very proud to be leading the business into a period where we will face many challenges. Passion and commitment from everyone will help grow the Group and ensure we have many more years of success.”
Arran added “Tony and I will continue to push the key drivers in our business but we will also ensure that we will adapt to the ever changing market conditions that we operate in. We have the ability together with our management team to be the best in the industry.”
Arran joined the Group in 1995 as Financial Accountant and quickly progressed to the position of Financial Director by 1998. During his time with the Group Arran has worked on the sale of the business to Marubeni in 2000, acquired the South Manchester sites from European Motor Holdings in 2006 and worked on the acquisition of Norton Way Motor Holdings in 2008 for Marubeni.
Tony joined the business in 1986 as a petrol pump attendant moving into the Toyota Bury sales department in 1987 eventually achieving Sales Manager in 1993. Tony then went on to become General Manager of Toyota Bolton in 2000 making it very quickly the Group's most profitable dealership with record profits in 2003. Tony was promoted to Group Operations Director in 2006 overseeing the Toyota side of the business and in 2008 Tony took on responsibility for Peugeot and Mazda.
Mazda is aiming to increase new car sales to driving schools in Greater Manchesterwith the launch of the significantly upgraded B-segment supermini range.
The programme, available through RRG Mazda in Manchester, Stockport and soon in Rochdale, already offers enticing incentives:
Driving instructors can access low rate vehicle finance
Free-of-charge supply and fitment of He-Man dual controls (He-Man is the UK’s leading supplier of dual controls)
Supply of a free car-header board including graphics
Free metallic paint With the Mazda3 model, a GPS secondary speedometer is fitted free of charge to the passenger-side dashboard
The programme is aimed specifically at the 17,000 qualified driving instructors who are self-employed or work for small driving schools across the UK.
Additionally, anecdotal evidence suggests that many newly qualified drivers go on to purchase either new or second-hand a car similar to the one in which they received driving lessons.
The newly launched nine-strong Mazda2 line-up of three-door and five-door hatchbacks, costing from £9,995 on the road, offers customers a choice of three petrol and one diesel powertrains, and four generous equipment levels.
The petrol engine line-up features a 1.3-litre with power outputs of either 75ps or 84ps and a 1.5-litre 102ps. The diesel engine is a 1.6 litre 95ps. Trim levels are TS, TS2, Tamura and Sport.
The new five-door Mazda2 is badged ‘TS2 Automatic’ and sees a four-speed automatic transmission mated to the 1.5-litre engine. This model costs £12,370* on the road.
Neil Perrin, dealer principal at RRG Mazda Manchester said: “The Mazda2 has proved consistently popular with driving instructors. It is also well-established that many drivers once they pass their test go on to buy a car similar to the one they learned in because of its familiarity.
“By also including the Mazda3 in our driving school programme, we are providing a solution for instructors that want a larger car that is used both to instruct pupils and as their ‘main’ family vehicle.”
He added: “Competitive list prices, a high specification, low CO2 emissions, excellent fuel economy and strong residual values have all been key to winning fleet business and they are among the attributes that driving instructors are looking for when purchasing new vehicles. We believe that our special programme makes the Mazda2 and Mazda3 even more attractive to driving instructors.”
Mazda3 prices start at £14,750* on the road for the 1.6 5dr S.
Stockport dealership RRG Mazda is delivering a fleet of 38 identical Mazda6 2.2 5dr TS 129ps diesel models, worth almost £750,000 at showroom prices, to insurance IT solutions provider CDL (Cheshire Datasystems Limited).
Competitive whole-life costs – including strong residual values – and driver acceptance of the five-door model, as well as the vehicle being fit-for-purpose were among the key criteria that led to the Mazda6 being selected. In addition, with CO2 emissions of 138g/km the diesel delivers ‘low’ benefit-in-kind tax bills for drivers and meets Stockport-based CDL’s environmental policy.
The fleet of metallic Clearwater Blue company cars is being delivered to CDL this month, which is buying the cars through its local Mazda franchise the RRG Group.
A five-door model is a ‘must have’ due to its load-carrying capability alongside the typical family requirements for the CDL engineers and relationship managers who will drive the vehicles.
CDL Head of Customer Services Gary Johnson said: “The Mazda6 meets all of our company car requirements, which in addition to being a five-door and offering strong whole-life costs is a stylish vehicle that our employees agree delivers an exhilarating drive.
“Coupled with offering emissions below 140g/km and boasting a solid reputation for safety, due to its 5-Star Euro NCAP crash test rating, the Mazda6 admirably fitted our vehicle selection criteria. The model also received plaudits from our CDL Vehicle Information Services team.”
Mazda Fleet and Remarketing Director Peter Allibon commented: “CDL established some very tough requirements for their company car selection and we are delighted that the Mazda6 delivered on all fronts.
“The Mazda6 has been a fantastic success for our brand in the UK corporate market. The latest upgraded model, which went on sale in the spring, is larger, has more equipment as standard, is more refined and more stylish, and promises to further boost our market share. As CDL discovered when analysing the marketplace, the Mazda6 is a hugely appealing car and we expect further conquest business in the coming months as a result of an increasing number of fleets experiencing the attributes of the model,” adds Allibon.
A further CDL requirement was for all the cars to be serviced locally through the RRG Group Mazda Centre, located on Rooth Street in Stockport.
“RRG Group is close neighbours of CDL and the two companies have a long-standing business partnership,” observed Group Fleet Sales Manager for RRG Group Andy Houston. “We have been able to put together a special service and maintenance parts and labour package for CDL and look forward to keeping their company cars on the road for many years to come.”
Driving schools in Manchester and Stockport are set to benefit from a new and improved Mazda programme packed full of exciting incentives for driving instructors and their successful pupils.
The programme, offered by RRG Mazda which includes all Mazda2 and Mazda3 models with the exception of limited edition cars, offers many perks including low rate vehicle finance, He-Man dual controls, car header board with graphics, metallic paint and GPS secondary speedometer on the Mazda3 - all supplied and fitted free of charge.
Aimed specifically at the 17,000 qualified driving instructors who are self-employed or work for small driving schools throughout the UK, the new Mazda programme will also encourage many newly qualified drivers to purchase either a new or second hand car similar to the one in which they learned to drive.
Kevin Shepley, dealer principal at RRG Mazda Stockport said, “The Mazda2 has been in regular demand from driving instructors in our area. It is also clear that some instructors want a larger car they can use both to instruct pupils and as their ‘main’ family vehicle, which is why Mazda3 has been included in the new programme.
“Competitive list prices, a high specification, low CO2 emissions, excellent fuel economy and strong residual values have all been key factors in winning fleet business at RRG Mazda. These core attributes are also what driving instructors are looking for when purchasing new vehicles. We believe that our new programme makes the Mazda2 and Mazda3 even more attractive to driving instructors.”
Around two million people take their driving test in the UK each year with a pass rate of about 44 percent, according to the Driving Standards Agency. Three-quarters of a million people qualify for a licence every year – 75 percent of these are under the age of 25.
“Many of those passing their driving test in Manchester and Stockport will be looking to buy a car,” added Shepley. “There is significant evidence that many newly qualified drivers buy a derivative of the car in which they took their lessons, because familiarity breeds confidence.
“Therefore, it makes sense for Mazda to offer a cost-effective driving school car programme to instructors as we hope the move will also result in a significant new business opportunity for us as a Mazda dealership,” concluded Shepley.
Mazda2 on the road prices start at £9,820 for the 1.3 3dr TS with air conditioning and Mazda3 prices start at £14,230 for the 1.6 5dr S.
For more information on the Mazda driving school programme, to view the entire Mazda range or to arrange a test drive, please contact RRG Mazda Manchester or RRG Mazda Stockport
The Kia Venga model is the latest addition to the Kia’s Driving School programme, which provides an all-inclusive package for professional driving instructors.
The Venga joins the Picanto & Rio superminis, the cee’d & pro_cee’d hatchbacks and the Soul urban crossover on the programme offering driving schools a choice of six instruction-ready vehicles.
The Kia Driving School programme offers all ADI & PDI accredited driving instructors the following benefits:
• Up to £750 off the OTR price
• Free insurance for 12 months
• Free dual controls (all models except Picanto)
• Free metallic paint
• Free bumper protection mouldings
• Discount fuel card
• Favourable contract hire rates (subject to status)
• ‘Plug & Play’ speedometer available on all models (£108.70 inc VAT)
The Korean car maker said the Venga is ideal as an instruction vehicle because it is easy to drive, spacious and only four metres long. It combines all the advantages of a family hatchback and a compact five-door MPV together in one package. The European designed and built Venga is available with a choice of 1.4 and 1.6 petrol engines and a 1.4 CRDi diesel engine and comes in three trim levels: Venga 1, Venga 2 and the top-of-the-range Venga 3.
Irrespective of trim level, every Venga has features that instructors and learners alike are sure to appreciate: air conditioning, rake and reach adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable driver’s seat, body coloured bumpers, six airbags and Electronic Stability Control are all standard. To easily monitor pupil’s speeds, an optional ‘plug & play’ speedometer is available on all models. Every new Kia also comes with a seven year/100,000 mile warranty.
Launched in July 2009, the Kia Driving School Programme has been well received by professional driving schools looking for all inclusive instruction vehicle package. Tony Bedford of AB Driving School in Leeds currently operates eight Rios. He said: “We moved to Kia in 2009 after experiencing reliability issues with a couple of other brands. Having a vehicle off the road is a serious issue for us and our customers so Kia’s product reliability was particularly appealing. The 100,000 mile seven year warranty is great for piece-of-mind and, obviously, competitive pricing makes them a very compelling proposition for instruction vehicles.”
Andrew Sellars, head of fleet & remarketing for Kia Motors (UK) said: “The Kia Driving School Programme has been growing ever since it began last year. Kia is relatively new to this marketplace but now with six models to choose from, some great contract hire deals and a car that’s insured and all ready-to-go I’ve got no doubt that the addition of Venga will see more learners pass their test with flying colours in a Kia.”
Businesses that will be hit after the new Government’s emergency Budget revealed a raft of vehicle tax increases, can in fact make savings if they opt for low emission cars that fall outside the hikes.
Cost reduction and carbon emissions cutting go hand-in-hand. For fleet operators wanting to keep operating costs under control and company car drivers who want to keep their benefit-in-kind tax bills in check, low emission Mazda vehicles are the optimum choice.
Now on show at RRG Mazda, Mazda’s model range offers numerous models that emit less than 160g/km of CO2 a model-for-model basis. Impressively, the Mazda2 1.4 diesel 68ps and 1.6 diesel 90ps derivatives emit just 107g/km and 112g/km of CO2 respectively and fall into the cut-price 10 per cent (13% for diesel models) company car benefit-in-kind tax band applicable to sub 120g/km models. In addition, the ultra-clean 1.4 diesel also beats the 110g/km threshold for 100 per cent first year capital allowances which applies to the cleanest cars on sale.
Move up to the Mazda3 and 17 of the four-door saloon and five-door hatchback models emit less than 160g/km with power outputs from 105ps to 185ps. Indeed, the 1.6 109ps diesel emits just 119g/km of CO2.
Meanwhile, the Mazda6 - the model that put the brand on the company car map - has recently been revised and offers a wide selection of sub-160g/km models led by the 138g/km 129 ps.
Mazda also warns of the scheduled rise in VAT next year and expects this will result in local businesses bringing forward car buying decisions to beat the tax increase.
The main tax measures announced by the new Chancellor were:
• Value Added Tax – up to 20% from January 4, 2011.
• National Insurance - employee and employer National Insurance (NI) rates will increase by 1% from April 6.
• Corporation Tax - a reduction in the main rate of corporation tax from 28% to 24% starting on April 1, 2011 and small profits rate cut from 21% to 20%.
• Capital allowances - a reduction in the main rate of capital allowances from 20% to18%, and the special rate from 10% to 8%.
• Fuel duty - a 1p a litre rise in duty on October 1 and a further 0.76p a litre rise on January 1, 2011.
• Company car tax - rates to rise as scheduled in April next year with the starting rate of 15% applying to cars emitting between 121 and 129 g/km.
Andy Houston, RRG Group Fleet Manager concluded, “We’re going to see local businesses continuing to adopt ‘greener’ fleet policies with more and more vehicles falling into lower CO2 categories because that is a sure-fire way to cut costs. Mazda’s range of low emission models is continuing to expand and we expect to win more fleet business as a result in 2010.”
Introducing the "5 BY PEUGEOT" concept car
Peugeot is marking its bicentennial with the launch of another stunning concept car.
The "5 BY PEUGEOT" – a luxury saloon powered by Peugeot’s Hybrid4 technology – will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Perfectly balancing charisma with dynamic driving, the “5 BY PEUGEOT” sets a fresh, innovative benchmark for large touring car and saloon production.
The “5 BY PEUGEOT” epitomises the new brand direction for Peugeot, combining Motion & Emotion. It is a timeless yet modern design, offering quality, performance and efficiency… surpassing all the demands of the luxury saloon segment.
The concept car boasts sublime elegance with a smooth, uninterrupted profile and streamlined sides.
Spectacular LED lights are highlighted by the use of illuminated surrounds that blend perfectly with the overall exterior body styling, while brushed-aluminium window surrounds and door handles add to the exterior style.
Meanwhile, sturdy 19-inch wheel trims and exceptional interior design outline Peugeot’s strength and pedigree in developing luxury saloon vehicles.
The HYbrid4 technology – which will be seen in Peugeot’s 3008 in 2011 – ensures high levels of driving enjoyment and environmental commitment. The “5 BY PEUGEOT” has a 2.0 litre HDi FAP163 bhp diesel engine mounted at the front, combined with a 37 bhp electric motor at the rear. This provides power of up to 200 bhp. The concept car also features four-wheel drive, low fuel consumption of just 74.3mpg and emits 99 g/km of CO2… with zero emissions when the car is running in electric mode.
LIMITED EDITION MX-5 ARRIVES AT RRG MAZDA TO CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the world’s best-selling two-seater roadster going on sale in the UK, RRG Mazda will be taking delivery of a special version of the legendary Mazda MX-5 sportscar called, appropriately, the ‘Mazda MX-5 20th Anniversary Limited Edition’.
Customers visiting the Manchester and Stockport dealerships will be able to see a special showroom version of the model which features striking Union Jack decals.
In the true spirit of the original, the new Limited Edition model is based on the purest, back to basics MX-5, the entry-level soft-top 1.8 SE convertible, offering the best, fun-to-drive thrills along with a truly rewarding motoring experience.
The 20th Anniversary Limited Edition also represents great value. Priced at £16,850 on-the-road at RRG Mazda, it features 10 additional items of equipment worth more than £650, just £55 more than the SE – and significantly less than the original Mazda MX-5 of 1990, in real terms when prices are adjusted for inflation over two decades.
RRG Mazda is currently offering Mazda MX-5 buyers three finance packages available for retail sales only, until 31 March 2010. Typical 0%*, 3.9% and 5.9% APR** finance are available depending on type of sale and duration of package.
To find out more about the Mazda MX-5 20th Anniversary Limited Edition, or to arrange a test-drive, please contact Mazda Manchester or Mazda Stockport.