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New Tech for Seat SUVs, AFP wellbeing white paper, EU green card dropped, more efficient Mazda 2

New tech added to Seat SUVs

Seat has increased the standard equipment offering on its Ateca and Tarraco for the 2022 model year, with the Ateca gaining sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles, while the Xperience Lux trim adds the pre-crash safety system.

The larger Tarraco now has the Seat Connect system as standard across the range, while SE and SE Technology models gain adaptive cruise control.

AFP issues post-pandemic white paper

The Association of Fleet Professionals has issued a new white paper designed to help employers navigate the process of managing driver safety and wellbeing as the country emerges from the pandemic.

Return to Work: Back Behind the Wheel has been put together by the AFP’s Risk, Compliance and Health committee, and is available to all AFP members.

“We’re seeing two sets of potential risk problems emerging. One is drivers who have worked in frontline services and industries such as parcel delivery who have been placed under huge pressure during the pandemic,” said AFP chair Paul Hollick.

“The other is people who have been placed on furlough or who have been home working and have covered many fewer miles in the last year than previously. These people may need breaking back into driving in a safe and structured fashion.”

Insurance green card requirement dropped for EU driving

The Department for Transport has confirmed that a green card is no longer required when UK motorists are driving in the EU. Post-Brexit, the document had been required, but the change has now been implemented as part of the negotiation process. Drivers are still required to carry their driving licence, and some countries also require an International Driving Permit, if the licence holder is still using a paper licence, or a licence issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey of the Isle of Man.

Efficiency boost for Mazda 2

The updated Mazda 2 will arrive in the UK this October, with tweaks to the 1.5-litre petrol engine offering emissions cuts of between 11-14g/km on the existing 75hp and 90hp models, while a 115hp range-topper rejoins the line-up.

“The Mazda 2 may be the smallest car we produce, but it has at its heart the same values of style, driver involvement and quality that mark out all our vehicles,” said Mazda UK managing director Jeremy Thompson. “The Mazda2 is now more efficient than ever, while thanks to the generous equipment tally across all models, we have a distinctive and premium contender in what is still one of the most competitive segments in the UK car market.”

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