The new Nissan Note will cut servicing, maintenance and repair (SMR) costs by 13 per cent compared with the previous model and contract hire rentals are expected to fall by as much as £1,125 over a typical three-year deal.

Nissan said three-year SMR costs for the new Note 1.2 petrol manual will be £397.68, down from £456.53 for the outgoing Note 1.4 petrol manual.

Meanwhile, valuation specialist CAP predicts that future residual values will rise by up to £1,125 over a three-year, 30,000-mile contract; an increase of seven per cent on the older model.

The new Note also includes a range of features usually associated with larger cars, including Nissan's Safety Shield technologies to help fleet managers to address key duty of care commitments with blind spot warning, lane departure warning and moving object detection.

In addition, the vehicle includes the Around View Monitor to give a bird's eye view when parking.

"Note provides a brand new and exciting proposition to fleets within the mainstream B-sector, which is the basis for many company car choice lists," said Barry Beeston, Nissan GB's corporate sales director.

"The used guides have reacted very positively to the car, which helps drive down leasing costs making the Note competitive with mainstream rivals."

Nissan is aiming to sell around 20,000 new Notes in the car's first full year, 30 per cent of which will be in the fleet sector.

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