Mazda has seen an upturn in fleet car business courtesy of short lead times that the Japanese manufacturer says will undercut its rivals.

Audi recently made the headlines for rising lead times that had reached 28 weeks for some of its more popular models however Mazda is promising to ‘deliver vehicle fleets within just 10-14 days’.

Mazda’s Fleet and Remarketing Director, Peter Allibon said: “Our fleet centres are already starting to take orders for delivery in March when the new registration plate is introduced,

“Some manufacturers will not be able to deliver new cars in March because they have such long lead times, but Mazda will be able to meet demand."

Mazda is currently riding a leasing wave after Derwent Management Services found that the manufacturer had increased its market share with the UK’s largest contract hire and leasing companies by 2.5 per cent.

This means Mazda is the twelfth most popular manufacturer among the biggest leasing companies in Britain with both the Mazda6 saloon and Mazda3 hatchback proving the company’s best selling models in the fleet sector.

The Mazda3 is benefitting from an upgraded 112bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine with CO2 emissions of 117g/km and significant reductions in running costs.

Pricing for the Mazda3 hatchback starts at £14,230. allows users to source the best deals available online, from outright purchase, to business lease and finance options. Currently Askaprice has a number of Mazda3 business lease deals as well as Mazda6 business lease options.