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Toyota New Zealand increases safety for popular Hilux


Hilux, Toyota's versatile workhorse, that's equally at home on the farm or towing a boat to the beach, now has the additional benefit of Toyota Safety Sense in all variants.

Toyota New Zealand is committed to offering a high specification level of safety features as standard on all vehicles it brings to New Zealand. All Hilux variants from the new entry level 2WD single cab chassis to the top of the range SR5 Cruiser will be delivered with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) package as part of a range-wide upgrade.

All variants gain Pre-Collision System with Autonomous Emergency Braking for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Yaw Assist (brake control) and Road Sign Assist.

Toyota New Zealand Chief Operating Officer, Neeraj Lala, said the addition of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) to Toyota’s number one ute, the Hilux, has made it an even safer mobile workplace for New Zealand fleets.

“Toyota continually aims to improve the new technology available to its customers, and TSS is a start down the technology road towards autonomy in vehicles,” Mr. Lala said.

The addition of TSS to the Hilux range resulted in Toyota Australia volunteering vehicles for retesting despite it being mid-lifecycle. The revised Hilux is the first vehicle to be put forward to ANCAP for retesting and is currently the only ute with a 2019 five-star ANCAP rating.

"Customer demand for safety specific technology has really aided us in securing TSS for the Hilux," says Mr. Lala. "74% of our Hilux customers year to date are fleet buyers, and there has been an increase in demand for five-star ANCAP safety ratings."

Using a camera and radar sensors, the Pre-Collision System is designed to detect vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. It will assist the driver with visual and audible warnings, braking assistance or Autonomous Emergency Braking if they fail to heed these warnings.

There is also a Lane Departure Alert function that will warn the driver with visual and audible alerts if the vehicle deviates from its lane, and if necessary, use the braking system to create "yaw" to keep the vehicle within the lane.

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) has also been made standard across the Hilux range. It uses sensors to maintain a suitable following distance to the vehicle in front. The DRCC system operates at speeds above 40 km/h.

All Hilux variants also feature a Road Sign Assist system that recognises speed limit signs and displays them on the 4.2-inch colour display that is now standard in all variants.

Two tray options are available for purchase from Toyota for fitment to the cab-chassis variants. The Toyota Genuine alloy tray features high quality galvanised steel bearers and mounts, while the T Custom Steel and Timber tray is constructed of heavy-duty galvanised steel with a transtex industrial plywood deck. Both tray options include mud flaps, mud guards, and tail light protectors.

The former "S" Hilux variants have been discontinued and will be replaced by a new entry grade in September. There is also a new PreRunner SR Single Cab Chassis manual transmission variant.

The extra cab variants will be available from October 2019.

The Toyota Drive-away pricing includes all on road costs; WOF, registration, a full tank of fuel, 1,000 kms RUC, the Toyota Care Service Advantage fixed price servicing package, floor mats, and the three years or 100,000 kms warranty.

Despite the addition of Toyota Safety Sense technology to the Hilux range, there has been no increase in price.