Top marks for Toy­ota Corolla

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Amax­i­mum five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing was an­nounced for the new sedan ver­sion of Toy­ota Corolla. The Peu­geot 5008 and Subaru WRX also added five-star safety rat­ings to their spec­i­fi­ca­tion sheets.

Achiev­ing a sim­i­lar over­all score to that of its hatch sib­ling, the Corolla pro­vides good struc­tural pro­tec­tion and of­fers a re­vers­ing cam­era as stan­dard across the sedan range.

The Peu­geot 5008 people mover scored well across all tests to achieve the top five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing.

The 5008 also comes stan­dard with a re­vers­ing cam­era and ad­vanced seat belt re­minders are fit­ted to all seats, in­clud­ing the third row. Head-pro­tect­ing side cur­tain airbags also ex­tend to the third row.

‘‘Con­sumers are now spoiled for choice with the num­ber of five-star mod­els on the mar­ket and ANCAP continues to push the bound­aries by mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult each year to achieve the top rat­ing,’’ ANCAP chair­man Lauch­lan McIntosh said.

Subaru has again en­sured its pol­icy to build noth­ing less than five-star cars is re­tained with the new Subaru WRX. The WRX joins a small group of cur­rent mod­els that have achieved the top pedes­trian pro­tec­tion re­sult of Good — a step above the cur­rent min­i­mum five-star stan­dard of Ac­cept­able.

‘‘This is the di­rec­tion in which we want to see man­u­fac­tur­ers head­ing,’’ Mr McIntosh said.

‘‘In re­cent years we’ve seen man­u­fac­tur­ers achieve vastly im­proved re­sults with the ma­jor­ity of ma­jor brands now build­ing to five-star stan­dards.

‘‘What we want to see now is man­u­fac­tur­ers which strive be­yond the re­quire­ments — of­fer­ing even higher lev­els of struc­tural and ac­tive safety to con­sumers.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately none of the mod­els in to­day’s re­lease are equipped with au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing (AEB) — an im­por­tant safety fea­ture that is now com­mon on pop­u­lar ve­hi­cles in Europe and the United States.’’

To get yourself into a max­i­mum five-star ANCAP safety rated Toy­ota Corolla sedan, call into Shep­par­ton Toy­ota, Mel­bourne Road. Or call the show­room on 5823 1301.

A max­i­mum five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing was an­nounced for the new sedan ver­sion of Toy­ota Corolla

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