New emission-friendly Mazda3 range

The revamped Mazda3 range promises to cut fuel bills after fuel economy improvements were made to the models.

The new 18 model group gives customers the choice of three petrol and two diesel engines and includes the newly launched emission-friendly 1.6-litre diesel Sport model.

Mazda said the upgraded range, with improved CO2 emissions of up to 3.5%, means fleet operators and company car drivers will make big savings on tax bills.

Vehicle information group, Glass's Guide, said the upgraded range benefits from an average residual value enhancement of between 3% and 6.5% per model over the average three years/60,000 mile lifecycle.

The guide also said the majority of the five-door hatchback models, like the new 1.6-litre diesel Sport and Sport Nav, will keep 34% of their value.

The 2.3-litre MZR DISI Turbo MPS is also expected to hold 36% and the 2.2-litre MZR-CD Sport Nav, 35 %.

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