The HiLux maintains its maximum 5-star rating for the new model, but has lifted its standards for pedestrian safety.
The outgoing HiLux in dual-cab 4WD specs was rated as ‘poor’ for pedestrian safety, but the new model makes for a complete turnaround as the rating is now listed as ‘good’ (the highest rating).
Following the assessment, the HiLux becomes the first commercial vehicle to be awarded a ‘good’ rating by ANCAP for pedestrian safety.
The previous score of 32.86 out of 37 possible points has also improved, with the HiLux now scoring 34.45 under a tougher testing regime than that faced by its predecessor.
ANCAP CEO Nicholas Clarke said the HiLux was an important model for both private and fleet sales as a consistent top-five seller in both Australia and New Zealand.
“Studies have shown that around half of all work-related fatalities in Australia are a result of road traffic accidents,” Mr Clarke said. “As more organisations adopt a 5-star fleet policy, we will see a significant increase in 5-star vehicles on our roads, which will then be passed on to consumers when their fleet service ends in a few years time.” “As a result, 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 in our roads.”
The 2016 Toyota HiLux arrives in local showrooms this week, priced from $20,990 plus on-road costs.