Mazda3 2.0 Sport models (hatchback and saloon, priced from £18,025 OTR), featuring 151ps petrol engines and innovative ‘i-stop’ (Smart Idling Stop System) fuel-stretching technology. The system, which automatically switches off the engine, on engaging neutral, whenever the car is stationary (or travelling below 2mph) for more than a few seconds and restarts the engine when the driver simply depresses the clutch, delivers significant fuel-saving benefits for retail and fleet customers – without distracting from this model’s truly sporty driving experience.
“The all-new Mazda3 2.0 Sport with our exciting ‘i-stop’ technology uniquely delivers both performance and cost savings to fleets, company car and individual drivers,” comments Peter Allibon, Mazda Fleet and Remarketing Director. “In recent times, a 2.0 Sport petrol model may not have been the obvious first choice for a city-bound company car driver. However, the introduction of our highly efficient i-stop technology means that our latest model may change all that. The new Mazda3 2.0 Sport with i-stop will be the right choice for city drivers who still want to experience power and performance from their company car out on the open roads.
“Indeed, the Mazda3 2.0 Sport with i-stop makes cost-effective performance driving accessible to a totally new group of drivers. The revised DISI engine is remarkably sophisticated with sequential valve timing and a variable induction system to ensure powerful torque throughout the rev range. For employees who regularly experience stop-start motoring in urban environments, our fuel-sipping i-stop technology mated to this 2.0 engine is the sensible money-saving choice,” adds Allibon.
Fitted with Mazda’s i-stop technology, the new Mazda3 2.0 Sport delivers 16 percent fuel economy savings (mpg, combined cycle) over the outgoing model, with CO2 emissions reduced up to 19 percent. Drivers whose mileage is predominantly city-based can achieve even greater fuel-savings and the model’s official CO2 rating (159g/km) falls below the benchmark 160 g/km capital allowance tax threshold, thereby enabling companies to maximise corporate tax savings following April’s changes to the system.
“The new Mazda3 2.0 i-stop falls into the 19 percent benefit-in-kind tax bracket in 2009/10 and with capital allowance benefits and first-class fuel economy the model represents the cost-effective choice for fleets and user-chooser company car drivers alike. With i-stop helping to ensure CO2 emissions are below 160g/km, it’s great news for fleet drivers,” concluded Allibon.