New options soon available to green car leasers

JonathanNovember 18, 2011

Car leasing¬†customers and businesses looking to make green savings could switch their hired vehicles to ones that use Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-G engine.

The Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that its 1.3 litre version of the new engine has won the 2012 Technology of the Year award at the Automotive Researchers and Journalists Conference of Japan ceremony.

According to the manufacturer, the SKYACTIV-G uses cutting-edge technology, the like of which has only previously been seen in high-performance racing vehicles.

The engine features an ultra lightweight design to produce a compression ratio of 14:1, which is the highest in the world for a mass produced design. Mazda has equipped the engine with its direct-injection technology, meaning it is capable of exceptional fuel efficiency, especially in the adverse motoring conditions found when carrying a heavy load.

To overcome many of the problems previously associated with highly compressed engines, Mazda fitted the SKYACTIV-G with a number of technological additions including innovative pistons, which improve combustion and extra injectors to give precise control over the flow of the fuel.

People who want to use the environmentally-friendly machine for their automotive needs can lease the Mazda CX-5 when it becomes available in early 2012.

The compact SUV utilises the SKYACTIVE-G to deliver major reductions in both its carbon dioxide emissions and the amount of fuel it uses.

Individuals who are looking to hire a car may also be interested to know that they will soon be able to choose the world’s first diesel-powered hybrid car.

Peugeot has shipped the first models of its award-winning 3008 Hybrid4. The company announced the vehicle will not be subjected to the three per cent diesel surcharge or personal Benefit In Kind tax.

“It is the final piece in the Hybrid4 jigsaw and means that both individuals and businesses will benefit from the best possible environmental and fiscal position,” said Phil Robson, fleet sales director at the firm.

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