Both cars have scored top marks in the stringent safety tests, setting new standards for occupant and pedestrian crash protection in the process.
The new Toyota Auris is the first C-segment car to achieve a 2013 five-star rating, and its score also applies to the Auris Touring Sports estate. Meanwhile, the new Toyota RAV4 is the first SUV to achieve this five-star score from the 2013 testing programme.
The announcement was made at the Geneva Motor Show.
Built to the highest standards for active and passive safety performance, both models have already achieved the manufacturer’s targets. Now this has been backed up by the automotive industry’s independent crash-testing body, which awarded both models a maximum five-star rating after the completion of its tougher 2013 testing programme.
Euro NCAP rates the overall safety of a car in four areas: adult protection, child protection, pedestrian protection and safety assistance. Scores are applied within each section and weighed against each other, in order that if any area is deemed to be underachieving it will have a knock-on effect on the score of the other categories. So the full five-star Euro NCAP rating can only be secured without compromises in any of the four judging criteria.
The new Auris and RAV4 models have therefore been independently proved to be among the safest of all vehicles on the road in every respect.
Auris is the first C-segment car to achieve a 2013 five-star rating, and its score also applies to the Auris Touring Sports estate. It is equipped with ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, an emergency brake signal function, and seven airbags. Meanwhile, the use of a variety of energy absorbing components including a bumper support and lower tray minimises collision energy. This has improved pedestrian impact performance yet still delivers a bonnet line that is lower than its competitors.
Similarly, RAV4 is the first SUV to achieve this five-star score from the 2013 testing programme. Its impact absorbing, multi-load-path body construction was designed from the outset to provide occupant protection, backed up by anti-whiplash seats and seven airbags. Active safety measures include ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Traction Control, and the new VSC+, which integrates the vehicle stability and electric power steering systems for improved overall stability.
Auris Touring Sports and RAV4 are both getting a public debut this week – read our Geneva Motor Show report here.