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Toyota iQ scores five stars in new Euro NCAP test

The Toyota iQ has been awarded five-stars for its overall protection performance in the latest Euro NCAP safety test.

British-built big brother, the new Avensis, also earned a five-star rating.

The new rating scheme uses a weighted score, combining all aspects of a car’s safety performance: adult (50%), child (20%) and pedestrian (20%) protection assessment results with the availability of driver assistance devices (10%).

A minimum score of 70% overall is necessary to achieve a five-star rating, the iQ scored 79%. To qualify for inclusion, the devices must be fitted, as standard across 85% of the EU 2009 model range.

Every iQ features as standard, nine airbags – including a rear window curtain shield airbag, anti-lock Brakes (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), vehicle stability control (VSC) and traction control.

The new Avensis got an overall weighted score of 81% and was also rewarded five-stars in the Euro NCAP test.

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