The angular new Toyota Prius is the fourth generation of the world’s best-selling hybrid (petrol-electric) car, and a big improvement on its predecessors. The latest model premiered Toyota’s modular new platform, which has already formed the basis for the new C-HR crossover and will underpin many new Toyota models over the next decade. it brings better dynamics to hat has always been a fairly mundane vehicle to drive, as well as providing massive operational savings to Toyota and Lexus by adapting the modular architecture to fit many different cars.
Toyota was praised by the judges for the many advanced driver assistance systems fitted to the Prius as standard. The Prius scored highly in all areas of testing, impressing the judges with its class-leading Reverse AEB system in particular. Reverse AEB acts to prevent you from running over small children (or other objects) who may be unseen behind the car. Pedestrian AEB, Road Sign Assist, Lane Support and Head-Up Display are also fitted as standard across all variants.
Matthew Avery, director of safety research at Thatcham Research, commented: “Reverse AEB is currently only available on around half a dozen cars worldwide and Toyota is the first to fit this class-leading technology as standard, along with a host of other transformative safety tech.
“Safety is ingrained in Toyota’s DNA; all Toyota models in recent years have achieved a five-star Euro NCAP score. The Prius, however, goes one step further in achieving the highest overall Euro NCAP result of 2016.
“This award recognises Toyota’s outstanding commitment to safety, going above and beyond current testing criteria, especially with regard to its high performance Reverse AEB system. Safety should not have to come at a premium and the Prius is a great example of a relatively inexpensive car which features a vast amount of safety tech as standard.”
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