Thinking CAP - Martin Ward, CAP manufacturer relationships manager scours the globe for insider fleet intelligence
To Barcelona with Mazda fleet.
It’s not often you can say a manufacturer has made an excellent car even better with minor changes, but it’s certainly the case with the Mazda6.
Changes include a revised chassis with new bushes and dampers, which give the new 6 improved ride and comfort as well as reducing noise in the cabin.
The steering has been improved to enhance straight-line stability.
The model to have is the TS hatchback with the 2.2D 129bhp diesel engine that has CO2 emissions of 138g/km, combined fuel economy of 54.3mpg and a price tag of £19,115.
Sometimes we see a car too early in its development, as was the case with the Toyota Auris HSD when we saw it a few months ago.
The early pre-production car’s automatic CVT gearbox was not right and it whined, the plastics were poor and fit and finish was sub-standard, and it left me feeling a bit concerned.
But today we drove one of the first HSDs off the production line at Burnaston, near Derby, and what a difference.
We managed to achieve around 55mpg on just a short journey and CO2 emissions as low as 89g/km.
With this sort of green machine, and many others, who needs an electric vehicle that costs much more and has a limited range?
So, Land Rover finally announced it is going to launch a two-wheel drive vehicle, namely the production version of the LRX Concept.
What a good decision. I’m convinced it will sell and won’t dilute the Land Rover brand.
The electric vehicle debate goes on and I seem to be getting asked more questions, mainly from the leasing industry.
We have already said that CAP will not value any EV without a battery included, and this seems to have had a unanimous thumbs-up.
The question of the £5,000 (inc VAT) subsidy and who gets it is also being asked. The answer to that seems to be the registered keeper.
If that is a leasing company then it is up to the company what to do with it: knock it off the front-end price and pass it on to the customer, knock it off the rentals, save it for the back-end disposal, or a mixture of all of them – there doesn’t seem to be any rules.
This is all, of course, assuming the new Government is willing to pay out around £260 million to be seen to be green.
If not, the viability of EVs has to be in question.