AUSTRALIA’S best-selling vehicle, the Toyota Hilux, has been awarded a five-star safety rating by independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP.
Despite already being a five-star rated vehicle, the new rating was awarded under ANCAP’s revised and ever-more stringent 2019 testing parameters.
The revised rating follows a string of mid-life safety upgrades recently introduced to the eighth-gen Hilux, which includes a suite of collision avoidance technologies: autonomous emergency braking (AEB), active lane keep assist (LKA) and an advanced speed assistance system (SAS).
“This is certainly an important move for Toyota customers, the segment, and more broadly, the market,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin. “Significant upgrades have been introduced to the updated Hilux to enhance occupant protection and prevent collisions with other road users.
“While already a five-star vehicle, it is encouraging Toyota Motor Corporation Australia is the first to put forward a vehicle with improved safety specification to undergo re-testing against current, more stringent ANCAP criteria in order to update its rating date stamp,” Goodwin said.
4x4 history: 50 years of the Hilux
A total of 19,516 Hilux 4x4s have been sold to date (up to June, 2019), edging out Ford Ranger 4x4 sales (19,258) – the entire Ranger line-up, including the Raptor, copped AEB as standard back in March this year.
“The standard inclusion of these advanced driver assistance systems across the Hilux range is a welcome move and one which will make this model even more appealing to private and fleet buyers, with many fleets insisting on five-star rated vehicles with a ‘TESTED’ date stamp of no older than three years,” James Goodwin added.
“Utes are the most popular choice among Australian and New Zealand consumers, and no matter the use, the highest levels of safety should be provided.
“This is a strong example of market-driven change,” he added.
The Hilux received the following scores: Adult Occupant Protection (96%), Child Occupant Protection (87%), Vulnerable Road User Protection (88%) and Safety Assist (78%).
The ANCAP report states: “This ANCAP safety rating applies to updated Single Cab and Dual Cab Hilux variants built from May 2019, and Extended Cab variants built from August 2019. Updated Single Cab and Dual Cab variants became available from July 2019, with Extended Cab variants available from late August 2019.”