Five stars for one of Australia’s most versatile fleet vehicles
Toyota Motor Corporation has been praised by ANCAP for finally making its long-standing ute, the 70 Series LandCruiser, a five-star vehicle.
Following an array of destructive crash tests, the long-standing Australian workhorse has earned a five-star ANCAP rating following substantial re-design and
engineering work in collaboration with ANCAP.
“It is encouraging Toyota has responded to consumer demand, particularly from commercial and fleet buyers,” ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said.
“[Toyota] have implemented design changes and safety upgrades to improve the LandCruiser’s safety rating.”
The LC70 model LandCruiser was previously a three-star car according to ANCAP’s online vehicle rating tool. But extensive work at Toyota headquarters in Japan
incognito with ANCAP engineers has seen structural improvements that benefit occupant protection, the addition of head-protecting side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, seatbelt pretensioners and revisions to bonnet and seat design.
“Safety is a key consideration for everyday consumers and corporations with a significant proportion of businesses requiring minimum five-star vehicle standards
for not only their own fleets, but also their contractors,” Mr Goodwin added.
“This competitive pressure has resulted in a two-star jump for the LandCruiser 70 and will have a tangible effect on the safety of worksites and more broadly
Australasia’s vehicle fleet,” he said.
The five-star rating only applies to the single-cab chassis LC70 variants. Troop Carrier and dual-cab variants remain untested.
2012 vehicle fleet policy required all fleet vehicles to be five-star ANCAP rated as of 2016 and with vehicle numbers in the tens of thousands, it’s not only a welcome piece of news for procurement, it’s a strong message for other fleet managers to adopt in their company policy, demanding five-star fleet vehicles.
The LC70 LandCruiser sold 35,45770 Series since 2012, over half to commercial or fleet, and 6,142 LC70 variants in 2016 year-to-date with 59 per cent sold to businesses alone. It’s now an even stronger 0ption for fleets that value and demand five-star safety.
How does your fleet rate? In the market? Don’t sign anything before visiting www.ancap.com.au and making sure your fleet is five-star. See individual crash test results for more than 590 vehicles. Or you can watch the crashing spectacle on the ANCAP YouTube channel.