TORONTO, ONTARIO, December 22, 2016 — For the third year in a row, Toyota has topped the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) annual list of safety awards. Thirteen Toyota and Lexus vehicles won IIHS awards in 2017, with nine receiving its highest award, the TOP SAFETY PICK+, the most of any manufacturer.
“At Toyota, our focus remains on the safety and peace of mind of our customers,” said Dino Triantafyllos, Toyota’s North American Chief Quality Officer. “We are proud that our commitment to developing safe and reliable vehicles resulted in such a strong showing in 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards”.
According to IIHS, automakers were required to meet tougher criteria to be considered for the top 2017 awards, including headlight evaluations launched in 2016. Among this year’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ recipients, the IIHS recognized the updated Toyota Corolla for improved small overlap crash protection and front crash prevention, as well as the Toyota Prius for its improved headlights.
To receive a 2017 Top Safety Pick award, vehicles were required to earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award winners, must also have good ratings in the five crashworthiness tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.
2017 Toyota and Lexus TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners (also applicable to Canadian models):
- Toyota Prius (built after August 2016)
- Toyota Corolla
- Toyota Camry, with optional front crash prevention and halogen headlights
- Toyota Prius v, with optional front crash prevention and LED headlights
- Lexus RC, with optional front crash prevention and LED headlights
- Lexus ES 350, with specific headlights and LED headlights
- Toyota RAV4, with LED headlights
- Lexus NX, with optional front crash prevention and LED headlights
- Toyota Highlander
2017 Toyota TOP SAFETY PICK winners (also applicable to Canadian models):
- Toyota Yaris Sedan (Toyota Yaris iA in US)
- Toyota Avalon
- Lexus RX
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over 5 million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 286 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability in the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is located in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver. Toyota operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than seven million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota Corolla, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid.
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