Last year, Toyota’s models earned multiple five-star ratings and a triple-plus Advanced Safety Vehicle score (ASV+++) from the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP). Now, JNCAP’s latest test results are out, and Toyota has garnered yet even more top marks this time around.
For 2019, JNCAP added “autonomous emergency braking system” to its preventive safety performance evaluation. The Alphard (or the Vellfire in other markets) and the RAV4—both of which are equipped with Toyota Safety Sense features—received ASV+++ scores in this category.
The JNCAP also tweaked its collision safety performance evaluation with new crash test dummies. In this category, the RAV4 and the Raize (the new crossover launched in November_ received the highest five-star ranks.
“Though traffic accident fatalities and casualties have been decreasing year by year, tragic accidents continue to occur. Under the wish for the ultimate goal of zero traffic fatalities, Toyota is developing vehicles in consideration of various perspectives, such as advancing and expanding the use of a preventive safety package called Toyota Safety Sense, utilizing connected technology, and developing automated driving, to do our utmost in reducing as many traffic accidents as possible,” Toyota said in a statement.
“With the development of safer cars using a three-pillar approach, Toyota continues to promote educational activities for people, including holding awareness-raising activities at Toyota dealers that introduce customers to ‘Sapo-Toyo’ (vehicles that support a safe and comfortable life with cars), and promoting maintenance of the traffic environment in an effort to provide customers with a safe and secure mobility society.”