Toyota Malaysia has attained a plentitude of recognition at the 2016 ASEAN NCAP ‘Stop the Crash’ presentation held at the Sepang Circuit. Six Toyota models won an ASEAN NCAP Grand Priz award each. The ASEAN NCAP, rather similar to the Euro NCAP, evaluates cars’ safety features, crashworthiness and related occupants’ protection programs.
The ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix commemorates the achievement of the cars involved in ASEAN NCAP assessment in the last two years. The awards are presented to companies that contribute to enhance safety aspects in their products. Specifically, the ASEAN NCAP GP awards consist of three main pillars: best occupant-protection, best safety technology and special awards. Toyota M’sia has been a regular participant in the ASeAN NCAP assessment since 2012.
The award winning Toyota models were the Rush, Hilux, new Innova, Sienta, Corolla Altis and Camry Hybrid. Meanwhile, Toyota’s Blind Spot Monitor assistive system was recognized for a Special Safety technology award. The Toyota Rush, Hilux and new Innova snapped up awards for best Child Occupant Protection (COP). Meantime, the Toyota Sienta scored the best points for the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP).
The Hilux and Rush also received awards for the best performance in COP in the Pick-up and SUV category, respectively. The new Innova, launching on 5 December, is the second Toyota MPV tested by ASEAN NCAP. The soon-to-be-introduced model achieved the highest compliance for COP to date in the MPV category. With Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and 7 airbags available for the top variant, the new Innova gains an automatic entry for a 5-star AOP rating.
Toyota Sienta compact MPV, launched in August, received the highest score for AOP in the MPV category to date. With Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) available for the model coupled with the crashworthiness performance in the frontal collision and side impact crash tests, the Sienta was also awarded a 5-star rating.
Toyota Malaysia also took up a Special award for Safety Technology in the GP award presentation. Toyota’s Blind Spot Monitor system, available in the Toyota Camry Hybrid, was the recipient of the special award safety technology. In addition, the Rising Star Recognition Award was attained by the Corolla Altis for its expanded safety features across the variants, which now include VSC and seven airbags.
In all, Toyota Malaysia took home eight ASEAN NCAP GP awards for models sold in the Asian region, including the Toyota Agya (not available in the country). The Toyota Agya was highly appraised in the COP and AOP scores.
Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor, said, “These awards show our commitment towards the safety of vehicles and its occupants, which Toyota has made a top priority. It is achieved through an integrated three-part strategy which involves people, vehicle and traffic. We also strive to meet the industry’s ever higher standards in vehicle safety and meet customers’ expectations. To achieve these, Toyota will continue to work with all road users, and government.”