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Be­ing a top auto man­u­fac­turer also means be­ing ex­tremely con­scious on driv­ing safety and Toy­ota tri­umphs at do­ing so

As a global leader in the as­pect of car sales and one of the com­mit­ted brands to de­vel­op­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly cars, Toy­ota un­der­stands the forces that drive and spur the com­pany’s well­be­ing; its cus­tomers. Want­ing only the best for its cus­tomers, Toy­ota has de­vel­oped a to­tal ap­proach to cre­at­ing its cars; style, per­for­mance, ef­fi­ciency, and most im­por­tantly, safety.

Apart from typ­i­cal fac­tors such as de­sign, ob­jec­tive and price point, one as­pect that is highly re­garded and pri­ori­tised is safety and Toy­ota makes no qualms in pulling out all the stops. Take for ex­am­ple, its lat­est, fourth gen­er­a­tion Toy­ota Prius is based on the TNGA plat­form, oth­er­wise known as Toy­ota New Global Ar­chi­tec­ture. Tout­ing greater strength, driv­ing rigid­ity and struc­tured crum­ple zones in the event of an im­pact, the TNGA chas­sis will be shared amongst fu­ture Toy­ota mod­els to en­sure con­sis­tent, en­hanced safety and pro­tec­tion through­out the brand’s line-up.

To put their newly-as­sem­bled ve­hi­cle to the test, Toy­ota has spent bil­lions of dol­lars into de­vel­op­ing com­pre­hen­sive test­ing fa­cil­i­ties, such as its Hi­gashi-fuji crash test fa­cil­ity that sees hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles be­ing crashed per year, all for the sake of yielding pos­i­tive re­sults and anal­y­sis that could help pro­vide a clearer in­sight into de­vel­op­ing a bet­ter and safer Toy­ota for the fu­ture.

Wheels Asia was for­tu­nate enough to be part of an es­teemed group of jour­nal­ists to wit­ness a crash test in­volv­ing its lat­est Toy­ota Prius. It in­volved a trac­tor cable that pulled the car to a spe­cific speed to­wards a heavy, 2.5 ton bar­rier in an over­lap­ping crash sce­nario.

Nat­u­rally, the re­sults were dev­as­tat­ing. Like wit­ness­ing a car plow­ing into a heavy con­struc­tion ve­hi­cle, the Toy­ota Prius was left rav­aged. How­ever upon closer

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