If anyone has ever doubted that Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) takes safety seriously, the results of the recent Global NCAP have just provided further proof. The Toyota Etios, one of South Africa’s most affordable vehicles and boasting a sub-200k price tag – scored top marks in the recent NCAP ratings.
Available in both hatchback and sedan iterations, the Etios has garnered appeal with customers seeking safety, affordability and reliability. The Etios was awarded 4 stars for Adult Occupancy Protection (AOP) and 3 for Child Occupancy Protection (COP). This isn’t surprising considering that the Etios boasts both driver and passenger airbags.
Further safety specification includes ABS, EBD, front seatbelts with pre-tensioner and force limiter as well as ISOFIX provision. A full quota of headrests is provided with rear passengers also receiving a 3-point centre seatbelt across all models. To offer customers a peace of mind, all Etios models come with a 2-year/30 000km service plan, backed by a 3-year/100 000km warranty.
Toyota considers safety as its top priority, and aims to eliminate traffic fatalities altogether. To achieve this goal, Toyota has been developing safety features and conducting extensive research and development on safety, which involves conducting crash tests and simulations on its own, and then analysing the results to continually improve its safety features.