Toyota shines at 4th Asean NCAP Grand Prix awards

By CARSIFU | 22 February 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Toyota received multiple awards for its best-in-class safety technologies as well as the ‘Excellent Award’ as the brand with the most 5-Star awards (2019 – 2020).

Over the last two years, the Toyota brand has received an overall 5-star rating for seven of its vehicle models - a number that is greater than any other brand.

Due to ongoing pandemic conditions in the region, the 4th Asean NCAP Grand Prix Awards announced on Feb 16 was conducted online.

The biannual event of the New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (better known as Asean NCAP) has the aim at commemorating high achievers in car safety in the Asean region.

For decades, Toyota has been fully committed to continuously enhancing its vehicle safety.

Apart from the design of the vehicles, Toyota has also developed many new and advanced technologies that have not just enhanced protection but also set new standards for the auto industry.

UMW Toyota Motor deputy chairman Akio Takeyama said Toyota was committed to continuously improving its vehicle safety technologies and performance, as part of its entire efforts toward road and traffic safety, with focus on three essential elements-vehicle (advancing safety technology), people (educating drivers, passengers and pedestrians towards traffic safety) and traffic environment (supporting safer traffic infrastructure).

Of the 12 categories relating to automotive manufacturers and vehicles, Toyota won in five of the categories.

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Popular models such as the Corolla Altis, Hilux and Innova were recipients of the Excellent Awards for Continuous Safety Improvement in their respective segments, while the Majesty/Granvia were recognised with the Best Safety Performance Award for Safety Assist Systems.

UMW Toyota Motor president Ravindran K said the awards from Asean NCAP confirmed the approach of Toyota Synergized Mobility to bring to the forefront the technological leadership of Toyota that would be used to make ever better cars.

“Today, many of our models sold in Malaysia have Toyota Safety Sense, an Integrated Safety Management Concept where individual safety technologies and systems are designed to collaborate with each other in various vehicle operation stages, from parking to advanced safety, pre-collision safety, collision safety and rescue.”

Asean NCAP is a collaborative effort between the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) and Global NCAP.

Established in 2011, it marked a new milestone of vehicle safety for the region in response to the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Over the past 10 years, Asean NCAP has focussed on popular models made and sold in the Asean region to provide consumers with information on the safety performance of the vehicles.

It conducts crash tests at its own facility in Melaka as well as facilities of affiliated safety organisations in Asia.