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Business Vehicle Leasing Gets The Green Light


The legendary oil billionaire J. P. Getty once said “If it appreciates, buy it. If it depreciates, lease it” and he should know. Companies today are catching onto the fact that business vehicle leasing is the way forward because they realise that it is tax and VAT efficient and saves valuable capital from the ravages of wholly owned fleet vehicle depreciation. In these difficult and competitive times though, is it enough?

The worldwide attitude to automobiles is changing thanks to the on-going ecology and climate change debates and the motor industry is taking notice, producing low emission cars to satisfy the demands for cleaner air. The choice of fuel and energy efficient cars has increased in leaps and bounds and there is now a wide selection on offer to businesses choosing the leasing route.

The obvious choice might seem to be the wholly electric car and it’s not a bad idea except for the problem of their limited range and it’s probably best to stick with that which is tried and tested. The choice of vehicle must of course be dictated by the nature of the company’s business, so what’s out there now that will appeal to business users?

For a start, there’s the Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI CR Greenline II 105PS. This is a brand that has eclipsed its history and is now highly regarded. This model is conveniently a hatchback, seats four in comfort, delivers 75mpg and under the present rules attracts no congestion charge fees.

City cars are very popular these days and are more versatile than you’d think, particularly for urban users. The Volkswagen Up has from the outset proven popular thanks to the legendary VW build quality and, like the selection above, offers cost-busting statistics. There are less expensive versions available from Skoda and SEAT too.

The Vauxhall Corsa 95PS 1.3CDTi Ecoflex Start/Stop is the company’s latest addition to their green range. It’s a very good looking car and offers the prospect of 85mpg. Staying with Vauxhall, there’s also the choice of their new hybrid, the Ampera 1.4 16v VVT V6 Earth ECOTEC E-REV Auto. This plug-in runs on electricity that is topped up by a 1.4L petrol motor which, put simply, acts as a generator. This dispenses with the range problems that afflicts regular EV’s and the company reckon the car is good for the equivalent of an astonishing 235mpg!

If you’re looking for something more serious that can really dispose of those motorway miles then there is always the BMW 520d saloon. If there was ever a class leader then this is it. It’s tried, it’s tested and is considered to be a real driver’s car that nevertheless delivers frugal fuel usage and low CO² emissions. Performance without damaging your green credentials!

Whatever your needs, the selection of green cars is wide and varied -  there‘s something for everyone from city cars to prestige saloons; these days business vehicle leasing is justifiably popular as rates start at below £100 per month, ex VAT. This has got to be a good deal in our economic climate!

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