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New 99g/km Qashqai to offer major reduction in fleet costs

Whilst the new model offer key elements including a new, more spacious cabin design, higher-quality materials and greater practicality, a core focus for fleets will be its reduced cost of ownership.

With CO2 low emissions of 99g/km, the new 1.5 dCi Qashqai falls into one of the lowest company car tax bands of just 14% BIK for the 2013/2014 financial year and costs nothing in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).

For the new 1.5 dCi Acenta Premium – expected to be the most popular fleet trim –a £18,863 P11D values means the 20% tax payer will pay just £53 tax per month, while those on the 40% 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% fall in SMR costs across 36 months/30,000 miles against the outgoing comparable 1.5 dCi Acenta.

This follows on from the recent news that the new Nissan Qashqai will retain 50% of its value after three years/30,000 miles – a 10% 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.

Meanwhile, 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.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.