The arrival of Mazda’s innovative Skyactiv technology on the CX5 has triggered the largest advance order bank of any model from the brand, according to the marque’s leading corporate franchise dealer, Norton Way Mazda.
As the first model in Mazda’s range to make use of the new fuel-optimised Skyactiv engines, the new car is proving particularly attractive to company car users and is helping the carmaker secure many a conquest deal from buyers who have never owned or used a Mazda model before.
Customer deliveries of the the new Mazda CX-5 kick-off this month, with Norton Way Mazda in Letchworth already taking in excess of a record 200 advance corporate orders for the model.
Richard Siney, operations director, Norton Way Mazda expects that the arrival of Skyactiv technology will kick-start a new wave of fleet operator and company car driver interest in the brand, attracted by the low running and tax costs attached to models using these efficient engines.
Skyactiv technologies centre on three key areas - sophisticated lightweight chassis technology, advanced engines with world-beating compression ratios and highly efficient six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
Debuting in the Mazda CX-5, the technology will next be seen in the all-new Mazda6, which made its world premiere at the recent Moscow Motor Show.
Siney said: “Corporate interest in Mazda CX-5 is huge. Having driven a demonstrator and experienced the car’s performance, company car drivers are opting for this model.
“Most cars supplied and orders taken to date have been funded via contract hire. Monthly rental rates are very competitive and as the CX-5 has extraordinary CO2 and MPG figures versus the competition, business and personal requirements are met.”
On-the-road prices for the 18-strong Mazda CX-5 range start from £21,395 for the 2.0-litre SE-L Skyactiv-G 165ps petrol and rise to £28,995 for the flagship 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D 175ps diesel Sport Nav Auto all-wheel drive (AWD).
The 2-wheel drive (2WD) petrol engine range gives drivers a choice of SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav trim levels. Emitting 139g/km of CO2 and returning 47.1mpg on the combined cycle no competitor models can match such figures given the available power.
Diesel engine performance - 2.2-litre powerplants with a choice of Skyactiv 150ps or 175ps engines with 2WD or all-wheel drive (AWD), manual and automatic transmissions and four equipment levels (SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav) - is similarly unmatched in terms of both CO2 emissions (from 119g/km) and fuel economy (from 61.4mpg on the combined cycle).
Faye has been writing about cars and environmental issues since 2007. A suspected eco-warrior working on the corporate inside, Faye mainly likes the weird, quirky vehicles that show a distinct environmental advantage. Her ideal car has enough room to fit a bale of hay in the boot. When not working, she likes nothing better than to head out on her bicycle and explore the countryside.
September 18, 2012
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Have had the cx5 grand touring for a month. So far I like it a lot. I'm getting 30 plus MPG. Its very comfortable, rides nice. Big change from my previous ford edge. (Which I love). My only issue is the blue tooth. Goes back and forth from the car to the phone when in use.
September 18, 2012