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The two sides to Toyota safety

Ironic? The new Toyota Verso was the only one out of five vehicles that achieved the coveted Euro NCAP five-star rating in its latest crash tests.

Amid the deafening roar of major safety issues – leading to the worldwide recall of 8.5 million vehicles – this was a tiny cheer for Toyota: a car which scored highly on all three of Euro NCAP’s safety categories.

The independent safety assessment organisation has this year raised the bar for manufacturers to achieve that top score, lifting the minimum performance threshold across all three key areas.

The Toyota Verso was crash tested alongside the Citroen Nemo, the Kia Venga, the Nissan Cube and the Seat Exeo.  The Verso achieved 89 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, 75 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, 69 per cent for Pedestrian Protection and 85 per cent for its safety assist features.

The irony is nice and at the Fuel Card Company, we can’t help but warm a little to the manufacturer once more, but a cynic might ask if Toyota could have afforded to produce anything but the safest car in the world after their recent catalogue of failures?

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