Five stars for im­ported Camry

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Aus­tralia’s first im­ported Toy­ota Camry in 30 years has landed in show­rooms with a five-star safety rat­ing from the Aus­tralasian New Car Assess­ment Pro­gram, AN­CAP, with an im­pres­sive over­all score of 36.16 out of 37, or 98 per­cent.

Strong marks were recorded in the ar­eas of oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion, how­ever, the Camry man­aged to avoid test­ing for au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing and adap­tive cruise con­trol, as is im­ple­mented on cars tested by Euro NCAP.

The Camry achieved a score of 15.16 out of 16 in the frontal off­set test, with the driver’s chest and both oc­cu­pants’ lower legs re­turn­ing an ‘ac­cept­able’ rat­ing, with all other body area pro­tec­tion rated as ‘good’.

Perfect scores were achieved on the side im­pact and pole tests with ‘good’ rat­ings all round, while neck pro­tec­tion in the whiplash test was also rated as ‘good’.

An ‘ac­cept­able’ rat­ing of 27.23 out of 36 was recorded in the pedes­trian pro­tec­tion test, with gen­er­ally ‘good’ or ‘ac­cept­able’ rat­ings found for pedes­trian head im­pacts on the car’s bon­net, with some poorer re­sults around the bot­tom of the wind­shield and on the A-pil­lars.

The adult leg pro­tec­tion test re­turned full points with nearly all ‘good’ re­sults on the car’s front bumper and grille, and some weaker find­ings around the head­lights.

Seven airbags come as stan­dard on the new Camry, as does elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, lane keep as­sist and au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, which was not tested.

Full points were awarded for seat­belt re­minders.

The Camry is the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive new car to score strongly in crash tests, af­ter the Volvo XC60 scored 98 per­cent for adult oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion and 95 per­cent for safety as­sist in the more rig­or­ous Euro NCAP stan­dards.

AN­CAP chief ex­ec­u­tive James Good­win said the five-star rat­ing for the Camry was es­pe­cially im­por­tant given its pop­u­lar­ity as a fleet ve­hi­cle and fam­ily sedan.

“The Camry re­mains a pop­u­lar choice for fam­i­lies and fleet buy­ers so it is im­por­tant high lev­els of safety are of­fered,” he said.

“It is en­cour­ag­ing to see the Camry fit­ted as stan­dard with an au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing sys­tem which op­er­ates at city and high­way speeds, as well as an ac­tive lane sup­port sys­tem.

“We’re pleased to see Toy­ota main­tain its high level of safety with man­u­fac­tur­ing of the Camry hav­ing now switched from lo­cal pro­duc­tion to a Ja­panese-built model.”

The Ja­panese-built Toy­ota Camry has scored a max­i­mum five-star crash safety rat­ing, as it lands in Aus­tralian show­rooms this month.

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