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Toyota Hilux awarded 5 stars for industry-first mid-life safety upgrades

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In an industry first, Toyota has introduced significant safety upgrades to its existing Hilux ute, resulting in an upgraded 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

The model was awarded 5 stars when first tested by ANCAP in 2015, but now following a range of safety upgrades has been resubmitted for testing against ANCAP’s more stringent 2019 criteria - and again awarded 5 stars.

Mid-life safety upgrades to the eighth generation Hilux include the addition of new safety technology including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) capable of detecting and reacting to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists; active Lane Keep Assist (LKA) and an advanced Speed Assistance System (SAS). All features are fitted as standard across all variants.

AA Motoring Services General Manager Stella Stocks says it’s fantastic to see Toyota take such a proactive approach to safety.

"We wouldn’t normally see significant safety upgrades like this until there is a new model or generation of vehicle. Now New Zealanders in the market for a new Hilux can be assured they’re getting the latest advancements in vehicle safety," Stocks said.

The Hilux achieved 96% for adult occupant protection (enhanced through the inclusion of rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and an occupant detection system), 87% for child occupant protection (in dual cab variants), 88% for pedestrian protection and 78% for its safety assist features.

"These are very good scores across the board, especially when you consider many people now use utes as both a work and family vehicle," Stocks added.

Toyota Hilux continues to be popular in New Zealand, achieving the second highest number of new vehicle registrations of any new vehicle in the first half of 2019, with 3505 units registered as of June 30.

It’s the second 5 star rating Toyota has received in recent months, with the Toyota Hiace van achieving 5 stars in May.

The full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings, other vehicle safety information and the specifications of the rated vehicles are available online at ancap.co.nz or rightcar.govt.nz.

ANCAP is supported by all Australian motoring clubs, the New Zealand Automobile Association, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.

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