Australia’s independent new vehicle crash tester ANCAP has awarded five-star safety ratings to the new Toyota HiAce and Nissan Leaf.
The new-generation Toyota HiAce achieved scores of 94 per cent for adult occupant protection, 88 per cent for child occupant protection, 84 per cent for vulnerable road user protection and 77 per cent for safety assist.
“This is a landmark achievement for the Commercial Van segment,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.
“This rating shows a new level of market maturity, with modern safety design being prioritised by the majority vehicle brands regardless of the segment or intended use of the vehicle.”
“For many, the vehicle is their workplace and Toyota should be applauded for providing the same level of safety in the HiAce as we see in today’s passenger cars and SUVs,” Mr Goodwin said.
The five-star safety rating applies to all HiAce variants.
The incoming Nissan Leaf also performed well in testing, the electric car scored 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child occupant protection, 71 per cent for vulnerable road user protection and 70 per cent for safety assist.
“The rating for the Nissan Leaf provides consumers and fleet buyers with another safe electric vehicle option.”
“Good levels of protection were observed for adult and child occupants, and performance of its lane keep assist and autonomous emergency braking systems was rated ‘Good’,”
Mr Goodwin said.
The Ford Transit Custom and Mercedes-Benz Vito retain five-star ANCAP safety ratings based on the previous assessment criteria.
Off-road enthusiasts will be disappointed to know ANCAP awarded the new Jeep Wrangler a shocking one-star safety rating. The low score mirrors the Wrangler’s one-star Euro NCAP result from last year.
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