The new Toyota Quantum (which is also known as the HiAce in some markets) has undergone a crash-test evaluation at the hands of the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP), scoring a full five-star rating.
The Quantum achieved scores of 94 percent for adult occupant protection, 88 percent for child occupant protection, 84 percent for vulnerable road-user protection and 77 percent for its safety assistance technology.
The test model was an Australian-spec (right-hgand-drive) HiAce powered by a 2,8-litre turbodiesel engine, with the safety rating applying to all two-seater van and five-seater crew variants built from February 2019. Down Under, dual frontal, side and curtain airbags are fitted as standard, along with a driver’s knee airbag (the SA-spec models, however, feature only two airbags).
Autonomous emergency braking as well as lane-keep assist (with lane-departure warning) plus blind-spot monitoring are also standard in Australia (but not here in SA). It’s worth pointing out the child occupant protection rating does not apply to two-seater van variants.
“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,” Goodwin added.
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