Toyota Fleet's Adrian Kelly (left) hands over the 40 Toyota Avensis to Charles Davis, Head of Driver & Fleet Solutions at RoSPA

A leading accident prevention organisation has further endorsed the incredible safety credentials of the Toyota Avensis by recently taking delivery of a fleet of 40 new cars.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says it chose the new Avensis because of the car’s performance in terms of reliability, quality, value for money and, above all, its outstanding safety record following the new more stringent Euro NCAP test in which it became the first car to achieve a 5-Star rating.

The fleet of Avensis vehicles will be used by RoSPA managers, safety consultants and driver training staff to help in their accident prevention and awareness work across the United Kingdom.

Staff have already received vehicle familiarisation instruction before being given the keys to their new cars – a form of training that RoSPA encourages all companies to offer.

Accepting the cars on behalf of RoSPA, Charles Davis, the organisation’s Head of Driver and Fleet Solutions said: "We train drivers and our intention is that those drivers don’t have an accident. But if they are unfortunate enough to have one, we hope their chances of injury will be reduced in the Avensis, as proved by the Euro NCAP test. In line with RoSPA’s key issue of managing occupational road risk, we would urge other fleet managers to consider Euro NCAP ratings when selecting vehicles for their fleets.

"Gone are the days when fleet managers could just hand over the keys to a car and say ‘get on with it’. We all have to work together to risk-assess drivers and give them the right training. We wanted to get a serious safety message across when choosing our new fleet of vehicles and with the Avensis we have done that."

John Pollock, General Manager, Toyota Fleet said: "We are delighted with this fleet deal with RoSPA. We always knew the Avensis was an incredibly safe car, and the Euro NCAP test backed us up. And now to have RoSPA’s nod of approval in the form of this latest agreement is an amazing tribute to the Avensis’ – and Toyota’s – safety record."

From a car company that considers passenger safety of utmost priority, it’s not surprising that every aspect of the new Avensis was optimised for passenger security and protection. As a result it is one of the safest cars on the road. The Toyota Avensis’ long list of impressive protective features – it was the first car in its segment built with nine airbags as standard, including a new 18-litre SRS knee airbag – prove that where safety is concerned, Toyota is a leader.

The Toyota Avensis range starts at £14,213 for the 1.8 T2 and rises to £21,713 for the 2.0 T-Spirit Tourer.

Published : 18/01/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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