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Ford adds Ecosport Active, New Tech for Prius PHEV, Licence Check grey fleet module

Ford adds Active version of Ecosport crossover

Ford has added another Active-branded model to its range, with the Ecosport joining the KA+, Fiesta, Focus and Transit models in offering a more off-road styled version.

The Ecosport Active offers increased ride height and additional body protection as well as interior and exterior Active styling details.

“The EcoSport Active will be a new addition to the Active series that offers extra capability and rugged style for customers who want to take their outdoor adventures to the next level,” said Ford vice president of marketing, sales and service for Ford of Europe.

New tech for Prius plug-in

Toyota Prius PHEV 2020Toyota has added new technology including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the plug-in hybrid version of its Prius, as well as new safety kit and new app functionality.

All models now get Lane Trace fitted as standard, which monitors lane markings and applies minor steering inputs to keep the car within its lane, while the MyT app has a new data collection module.

The PHEV Prius has a 34-mile electric-only range and CO2 emissions of 28-34g/km, and costs from £32,645.

New Licence Check module to deal with grey fleet ‘explosion’

Licence Check has launched a new online audit module within its DAVID risk management product to address a huge increase in grey fleet drivers due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to the company, growing numbers of employees are choosing to use their own vehicle rather than public transport, and it said the audit can confirm the driver and vehicle they are using, confirm ownership, distance driven, times of day, types of road and accident history to give a total risk score.

“With more employees becoming home based and intending this to be permanent, reduced numbers of company cars and with those that do come into the office avoiding public transport, the only obvious alternative must be people increasingly using their own cars for business purposes,” said Terry Hiles, General Manager at Licence Check. “The grey fleet issue should become an area of increasing concern in the ‘new normal’ and robust systems need to be in place to ensure businesses are compliant and fully covered. Doing nothing should not be an option.”

 

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