I think it varies according to what market they went to. I don't think we got them here after 1998 but as we never ordered them anyway I'm not 100% on that (as anybody who has tried it will know, four in the back of a 110 is pretty optimistic even if they are good friends, six is just silly unless they are all under 10 years old). There were always three seating options - four single seats, two twin benches or two triple benches (which were just a bit longer). We still had the 300Tdi engines up to 2006 model year (I have one of the last ones, bought in Apr 2007) but I am pretty sure the 12 seat option was binned long before that. It seems to be more a UK market thing so that dodgy men can take tentloads of scouts away to scare the bejeezus out of them on a foggy moor.
At some point the EU made it illegal to carry people in sideways facing seats and I can't remember when that was either but I think it was 2007 as that is one reason the Puma has forward facing rear seats in the station wagon variants, and no rear seats in the hard tops.
There was a significant model change for 2002 model year when the new dash was introduced with the box in the middle holding the radio, plus the different rear axle, so it could well have been then.
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