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Mazda launches Business Line '6

  • New model designed specifically for company car drivers
  • Diesel engine produces 136bhp but emits just 138g/km
  • Monthly company car tax costs of £60.43 on 20% pay scale

Mazda has announced the ‘Business Line', a new company car focused specification for the Mondeo-rivalling 6.

Geared towards business drivers who want a car with lots of kit but low company car tax, the Business Line specification uses a 2.2-litre diesel engine emitting 138g/km CO2 and producing 136bhp.

The comparatively low emissions coupled with a P11d value of £18,130 mean company car drivers will pay £60.43 a month on the 20% pay scale and £120.87 on the 40% scale.

Mazda is hoping to sell around 1,000 of these cars each year, and they'll be available in three of the firm's most popular colours for fleet cars; black, silver or blue.

Specification is nearly identical to a standard Mazda6, with the addition of sat nav, Bluetooth connectivity and 17-inch alloy wheels. Other features include a host of safety systems, dual-zone climate control and cruise control.

Mazda Fleet and Remarketing Director Steve Jelliss said: "With this well equipped, fleet focused Mazda6 model, we are anticipating significant incremental sales. This is the first time Mazda has introduced a model specifically intended to appeal to company car drivers through a combination of both features and attractive benefit-in-kind rates.

"With an anticipated monthly contract hire rate lower than significant rival models, the Mazda6 ‘Business Line' will sit in the company car band below the premium badge cars. Consequently, given its tax rating and specification levels, we also anticipate the car will appeal to employees choosing a car within a salary sacrifice scheme."

The Mazda6 Business Line will be available to order from June 1, priced at 18,300 on-the-road.