February 19, 2012 by commercial Vans
Hi-ace is by far the commercial van of choice , however price and some other attributes make way during the purchase process of a Commercial Van.
Toyota in the last 5 years has put an importance on saftey and ANCAP rating that previously were the domain of European vehicle manufacturers.
ANCAP rating is the standard worldwide for vehicle saftey and for the commercial van owner very important as not only is it your transport its your work place also.
Here is what Ancap has to say about the Toyota Hi ace van:
The tested model of Toyota Hiace was introduced in Australia during 2005. This 4 star ANCAP applies to vehicles built from 17th September 2011 when improved driver knee protection was introduced. Dual front airbags are standard equipment in Australia. The New Zealand Hiace only has a driver airbag but retains a 4-star rating. Antilock brakes (ABS) and emergency brake assist (EBA) are also standard. Electronic stability control (ESC) is not available. Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash.
4 stars. TThe upgraded Australian Hiace scored 9.5 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape reasonably well. Protection from serious chest and leg injury was marginal for the driver. Foot protection was poor. The New Zealand Hiace scored 8.5 in the offset test and 24.50 overall and has marginal head protection for the passenger. The vehicle was awarded a default score of 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test.
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