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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 19th 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---15 Toyota to improve safety on the HiAce Leading carmaker Toyota is under pressure to lift safety levels of its HiAce commercial van. Neil McDonald reports SAFETY FIRST: The Toyota HiAce has a three-star crash rating, but Toyota intends to improve it. with Graham Smith wheels THE best-selling Japanese van, the Toyota HiAce, now lags behind the Hy- undai iLoad and Mercedes-Benz Vito van for crash safety, with the iLoad and Vito rating higher in recent Austral- ian New Car Assessment Pro- gram crash testing. The iLoad scored four-stars and the Vito five-stars, the first local commercial to get the top mark. However, the HiAce, launched in 2005, managed just three stars when it was tested in 2006. The company's senior execu- tive director sales and marketing, David Buttner, admits that the HiAce needs attention. '' We do have a plan to intro- duce increased safety technology into all our vehicles,'' he says. ''Given that commercial has always been such a stronghold for us we can't sit back. Buttner is keen to see the HiAce either match or exceed its competition in crash safety. Toyota is the dominate local player in the light commercial van sales. This year it has sold 4585 HiAces and last year it blitzed its opposition with 9493 sold to busi- nesses and private operators. The HiAce has dual airbags but, unlike the five-star Vito, no curtain airbags or electronic sta- bility control and anti-skid brakes are an option. The iLoad gets dual airbags and anti-skid brakes as standard. Buttner denied that Toyota's commercial vehicles were being overtaken in the safety stakes. ''We're not standing still,'' he says. ''I can't always tell you every- thing you'd like to know.'' However, Toyota has just up- graded safety equipment on its venerable 70 Series ute. The trusty workhorse now has a driver and passenger airbag but anti-skid brakes are still not available. Buttner says Toyota is looking at anti-skid brakes for the rural favourite but some rural custom- ers had expressed concerns that they should be able to switch it off for farm work. ''We have some concerns from some customers,'' he says. ''We're focused on that but there is no timetable.'' Toyota Australia lead the push for the dual airbags in the 70 Series. ''It's expensive development in that proven chassis,'' Buttner said. Engineers had to change the ute's steering rack angle and lengthen the front bumper to be more compatible with the air- bags' deployment cycle. A side benefit is that the new four-spoke steering wheel is now adjustable for reach. Prices for the seven-model 70 Series range have risen $600, or about 1 per cent, because of the extra safety kit. The range starts from $57,640 for the cab-chassis, $58,540 for the wagon and $64,540 for the troop carrier. DJ MOTORS USED CARS 39418 15x8 Trucks, Commercial Vehicles BRENTWOOD FLOAT, triaxle, electric hydraulics, $50,000. Ph 0418 140 035. 0 BUS VOLVO B10M 1983, 4 spd auto, 11.5m long, travels at 100 k/ph$11,000 ono. Ph 6267 2621 1CAR TRANSPORTER, 2 cars tandem, winch, fridge, sink, generator, full length annex, $18,000. Ph 0418 140 035. 0HYNO 2005 7.5 tonne tipper, 65,000 klms, $38,000. Ph 0418 140 035. 0 Ibeco 2002 6700 series 6 rod, 18spd, 580 Cummins, Sell complete or truck only. For more details Ph 0407 823 153 1 ISUZU NPR300 d/cab, 97 mod, tipper, exc cond, $18,500 ono. Ph 0417 178 982. 1 MACK Superliner, 1988 500 hp, low hours on rebuild, $60,000. Ph 0418 140 035. 0 SEMI TIPPER, tandem, extendable sides, rollover tarp, $18,000. Ph 0418 140 035. 0 To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 500 or email email@example.com 2Wreck Dodge '74 D5N 318 V8, LPG, good tray/tyres/ gear box. Offers. Ph 6249 4519 1 MORE VEHICLES! There are more cars in CARSguide Extra. To find them, look in the index of today's classifieds. DEADLINE FOR CARSGUIDE 8PM THURSDAY 1
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