24 October 2016
Leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), today announced a maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating for the upgraded Toyota Landcruiser 70. The Toyota Prius also achieved top marks.
Toyota’s workhorse, the Landcruiser 70 single cab chassis has been upgraded and following a suite of destructive crash tests has reached 5 star standards.
“It is encouraging Toyota has responded to consumer demand, particularly from commercial and fleet buyers, and implemented design changes and safety upgrades to improve the Landcruiser safety rating,” said Mr James Goodwin, ANCAP Chief Executive Officer.
“Safety is a key consideration for everyday consumers and corporations with a significant proportion of businesses requiring minimum 5 star vehicle standards for not only their own fleets but also their contractors.”
“This competitive pressure has resulted in a two-star jump for the Landcruiser 70 and will have a tangible effect on the safety of worksites and more broadly, Australasia’s vehicle fleet,” Mr Goodwin said.
Changes made to the Toyota Landcruiser 70 single cab chassis to enable the increased safety rating include structural improvements to the chassis and occupant cabin, the addition of head-protecting side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, seat belt pre-tensioners and changes to the bonnet and seat designs.
This 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies only to single cab chassis LC70 variants. Other variants are unrated.
The Toyota Prius, which has been on sale in Australia and New Zealand since March was also assessed in the latest round of testing.
“The Prius has held a 5 star ANCAP safety rating for a number of generations and the current model continues to impress with a notable line-up of advanced safety assist technologies as standard including autonomous emergency braking, lane support systems and adaptive cruise control,” Mr Goodwin added.
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