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Toyota's new generation petrol Camry has achieved an impressive 36.37 points out of 37 for a strong ANCAP five star result.
Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Product Planning, Neeraj Lala said "The 2012 Camry has achieved an impressive crash test result. It's lived up to the design team's objectives of being one of the safest and best quality cars on the road."
"With this ANCAP result, Camry has proved itself to be the safest mainstream car in the segment - a result that's going to give confidence to fleets and families," Mr Lala said.
The 2012 Camry combines top-level passive and active safety features with new technology to help drivers avoid an accident or reduce injury.
The 2012 Camry has nine SRS airbags as standard equipment, including a driver's knee airbag for the first time.
All five seats have seat belt warning indicators.
Camry's passive safety has been further boosted by the vehicle's stronger body.
Increased active safety is the result of improved suspension, steering, aerodynamic down force, brakes and tyres.
Camry's brake control hardware has been completely redesigned to give the driver a more secure and confident feeling when braking.
Camry's suite of active safety systems includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC) and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).
The brake system has Toyota's new brake override features, which gives priority to the brakes if the brake and accelerator pedals are pressed simultaneously.
The improved braking grip of Camry's new tyres also contributes to reduced stopping distances.
A reversing camera is standard on all Camry Atara and Hybrid models. Camry Hybrid i-Tech also has reverse camera guidance lines and reversing parking sensors.
When reverse gear is selected in Hybrid i-tech, the external mirrors dip for better visibility.
BLIND SPOT MONITOR
"We know that there's a section of the market which is looking for the best in fresh new technology. That's why we've chosen to add a Blind Spot Monitor and Active High Beam headlight system to our Camry Hybrid i-Tech," said Mr Lala.
"These features are a first for Toyota, and highlight our commitment to offering the best safety technology in Camry."
In a Toyota first, Camry Hybrid i-Tech has a system to warn the driver if there is a vehicle in the blind spot on either side of the vehicle.
The Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) uses sub-millimetre radar located on either side of the car to detect other vehicles in adjacent lanes. The radars can detect vehicles larger than an average 125cc motorcycle, helping drivers to avoid an accident when performing lane changes.
The BSM informs the driver of the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot by illuminating a special symbol in the relevant exterior mirror.
The mirror indicator remains illuminated as long as the vehicle is detected, and will flash if the driver activates the turn signal.
The system is activated at speeds above 40km/h. The BSM won't activate if the target vehicle is one lane away from the adjacent lane, travelling in the opposite direction, in the same lane, or is stationary.
AUTO HIGH BEAM
Camry Hybrid i-Tech also has a breakthrough automatic high beam system.
This system is designed to eliminate the need to manually switch between high and low beam by automatically dipping the headlights if the distance to an oncoming vehicle is less than 800 metres. It then resumes high beam when the oncoming vehicle has passed.
The system will also automatically switch to low beam if there is another vehicle approximately 600 metres ahead of Camry.
A camera sensor in the rear view mirror and a microprocessor continuously monitor for tail lamps of preceding vehicles and the headlights of oncoming vehicles.
The system operates when the vehicle's speed exceeds 30km/h and disengages when it drops below 25km/h.