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Top five company cars to watch out for in 2013

  • Five of our favourite cars that arrive this year
  • All offer good economy and low emissions
  • Some very popular company cars reinvented

If you're a company car driver looking for your next business vehicle then there's a lot to look forward to in 2013

Thanks to a number of optimistic motor shows and recession-busting moves by many manufacturers, there are myriad new cars on the way which should do well in the fleet sector.

Of course, the drive to go green is as strong as ever. This means Government-led tax breaks for cleaner cars, so expect a flood of low CO2, fuel-efficient motors to appear in showrooms over the next 12 months.

Here are five cars we think you should watch out for in 2013.

Mazda6

Why is it important?

The Mazda6 has long been a popular company car, and the new model should prove even more so. Historically the ‘6 has been based on the Ford Mondeo, but now Mazda has moved over to its own platform and made use of its new SKYACTIV technology to boost efficiency. This means lower CO2 emissions are on offer, which will be music to company car drivers’ ears.

Company car facts

The engine to go for if you’re looking for low costs is the 148bhp diesel. This is capable of emissions as low as 108g/km, which keeps tax bills manageable. It’s also pretty frugal, returning a claimed 72mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle.

Skoda Octavia

Why is it important?

The launch of the Rapid heralded a change in line-up for Skoda. It has pushed up the size of both the Octavia and the Superb above it. The new Octavia, as well as being bigger, is going to have a more ‘premium’ feel, according to the manufacturer. The previous model was a seriously popular company car, so it’s fair to expect the new car will be good too if Skoda retains its equipment-laden efficient motoring recipe.

Company car facts

Those looking for the lowest running costs will be interested in the Greenline version, which thanks to its 1.6-litre diesel engine is capable of emitting as little as 89g/km of CO2. That means cheap company car tax bills as well as congestion charge exemption in London.

Vauxhall Adam

Why is it important?

The Adam is a new venture for Vauxhall. It’s a highly distinctive car which offers a huge amount of personalisation options. To give you an idea of the sorts of customers Vauxhall wants to attract, just check out the names of the trio of trim levels: JAM, SLAM and GLAM. It’s aimed at younger buyers, as you can probably tell.

Company car facts

The low-tax choice will be the 1.2-litre petrol engine since there are no diesel options available. 118g/km CO2 emissions mean company car tax is payable at 14%, which in turn can offer monthly bills as low as £27.

Mitsubishi Mirage

Why is it important?

It’s an all-new supermini which will replace the Colt. Built in Thailand, it’s a ‘global car’ which means it’ll be the same in all markets. Set to line up against the Ford Fiesta and the Renault Clio, the new Mirage has been subjected to a down-sizing campaign to boost efficiency. Weighing as little as 845kg dramatically improves fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Company car facts

With a pair of petrol engines available, fleet drivers will want to pick the 1.0-litre unit which emits 92g/km of CO2. This is going to mean very low company car tax bills. Fuel economy for this model is claimed to be an impressive 70.6mpg on the combined cycle.

Audi A3 Sportback

Why is it important?

The A3 has long been a popular company car. It offers a classy blend of good build quality, a decent drive and fairly low running costs. The Sportback version is the five-door model of the A3, and although it doesn't look too different from the old model there have been some major changes under the skin.

Company car facts

For fleet drivers the 1.6-litre diesel engine is the one to go for; it emits a low 99g/km of CO2. Fuel economy is a claimed 74.3mpg on the combined cycle, which means it'll have a pretty substantial range too.