NEW QASHQAI: FLEETS SET TO MAKE BIG SAVINGS THANKS TO LOWER RUNNING COSTS
Low CO2 emissions of 99g/km means BIK from just 14 per cent
- SMR costs reduced by 20 per cent versus outgoing car
- RVs of 50 per cent after three years/30,000 miles underline low ownership cost
Nissan’s new Qashqai presents an even more compelling business case for fleet managers and company car drivers thanks to greatly reduced running costs.
Redesigned from the ground up, every element of the new car – from the new cabin that offers more space, higher quality materials and greater practicality to premium technologies that take occupant protection to a new level – has been re-thought, re-engineered and re-imagined. And that goes for cost of ownership too.
The new 1.5 dCi Qashqai’s CO2 low emissions of 99g/km means it falls into one of the lowest company car tax bands of just 14 per cent BIK for the 2013/2014 financial year and costs nothing in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). For what’s expected to be the most popular fleet model, the new 1.5dCi Acenta Premium with a £18,863 P11D, this means the 20 per cent tax payer will pay just £53 tax per month, while those on the 40 per cent rate will pay £106.
As well as this low monthly tax, the next generation Qashqai will cost less to service and be worth more after a typical three year lease period too.
A reduction in parts costs and labour hours required means the new 1.5 dCi Acenta Premium will enjoy a 20 per cent fall in SMR costs across 36 months/30,000 miles* against the outgoing comparable 1.5 dCi Acenta.
This reduction in total cost of ownership is completed with the recent news that the new Nissan Qashqai will retain 50 per cent of its value after three years/30,000 miles – a 10 per cent improvement on its predecessor – according to residual value (RV) setters CAP.
The new Qashqai also brings added peace of mind for drivers and fleet managers thanks to the introduction of an array of safety technology.
The range-topping Tekna model has Safety Shield as standard, which includes advanced technology such as Front Collision Avoidance, Driver Attention Support, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection and Auto Hi-Lo Beam.
It’s not just range-topping models that benefit though. Visia and Acenta models benefit from the optional Smart Vision Pack (£450), which comes with Front Collision Avoidance, Lane Departure Warning, front and rear parking sensors and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Barry Beeston, Nissan GB corporate sales director, said: “Prospective company car drivers can look forward to huge savings thanks to the low BIK on the new Qashqai and environmental peace of mind with the ultra-low emissions. With the extra safety features and lower SMR costs, businesses can be assured their employees will be at the wheel of one of the safest and most reliable cars on sale in 2014.”
*Source: Industry data providers Service Cost Analysis (DMS)