Pedestrian-friendly 5-star Toyota Hilux arrives soon

Pedestrian-friendly 5-star Toyota Hilux arrives soon

The Toyota Hilux has secured a 5-star safety rating under the Australian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) ahead of its New Zealand launch in November.

It is the first light commercial vehicle to be awarded a good rating for pedestrian protection by ANCAP.

Pedestrians will also benefit from daytime running lights (DRL) being standard on all Hilux variants. DRLs have been shown to reduce the risk of pedestrians stepping out in front of approaching vehicles.

“The Toyota Hilux sells in the top five in both Australia and New Zealand, so it is great to see it achieves the 5-star ANCAP safety rating,” said ANCAP boss Nicholas Clarke.

“Around 1 in 8 Australian road fatalities are pedestrians, so the improved frontal design of vehicles makes a contribution to reducing the road toll. High front vehicles like the Hilux are especially challenging, so Toyota has done well,” says Clarke.

“As more organisations adopt a 5-star fleet policy, more of these vehicles will be on the road and will then be passed on to consumers when their service ends in a few years time.

“ANCAP predicts a one-third reduction in the number of Australians killed or seriously injured by 2020, compared to 2001 when there were no 5-star rated cars on our roads,” says Clarke.

All Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation support ANCAP.

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