Toyota has received multiple awards at the 4th ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards which took place last week for a few of its safety technologies. The brand also bagged the ‘Excellent Award’ as it won more 5-Star awards over the past two years than other brands.
To be more specific, the brand received an overall 5-star rating for seven of its vehicle models in 2019 and 2020. Out of the 12 award categories, Toyota actually won in five.
Five out of 12 Awards
While models like the Toyota Corolla Altis, Toyota Hilux, and the Toyota Innova were recipients of the Excellent Awards for Continuous Safety Improvement in their respective segments, the Toyota Majesty/Granvia was recognized with the Best Safety Performance Award for Safety Assist Systems.
The biannual event of the New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (better known as ASEAN NCAP) is actually aimed at commemorating high achievers in car safety in the ASEAN region.
Due to the ongoing pandemic conditions in the region, the 4th ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards announced on the 16th of February 2021, was conducted online.
“Toyota is committed to continuously improving its vehicle safety technologies and performance, as part of its entire efforts toward road and traffic safety, with focus on three essential elementsvehicle (advancing safety technology), people (educating drivers, passengers and pedestrians towards traffic safety) and traffic environment (supporting safer traffic infrastructure),” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor.
“The awards from ASEAN NCAP confirm the approach of Toyota Synergized Mobility to bring to the forefront the technological leadership of Toyota that will be used to make ever better cars,” said Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.
“Today, many of our models sold in Malaysia have Toyota Safety Sense, an Integrated Safety Management Concept where individual safety technologies and systems are designed to collaborate with each other in various vehicle operation stages, from parking to advanced safety, pre-collision safety, collision safety and rescue.”
What is ASEAN NCAP?
ASEAN NCAP is a collaborative effort between the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and Global NCAP. Established in 2011, it marked a new milestone of vehicle safety for the region in response to the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety.
Over the past 10 years, ASEAN NCAP has focussed on popular models made and sold in the ASEAN region to provide consumers with information on the safety performance of the vehicles. It conducts crash tests at its own facility in Melaka as well as facilities of affiliated safety organisations in Asia.
UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd has officially launched the 2021 Toyota Innova, with prices as mentioned below:
Toyota Innova 2.0X – from RM129,677.00
Toyota Innova 2.0G – from RM121,483.00
Toyota Innova 2.0 E – from RM111,622.00
There are six exterior colour choices – Medium Silver Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Phantom Brown, Silver Metallic, Super White II and Bronze Mica Metallic (new). For the Innova 2.0X, there is an additional choice of Crimson Spark Red Metallic.
Subtle changes have been made for the 2021 Innova to give a more refined and prestigious look. The grille has a chrome and black theme while the door mirrors have chrome housings for a touch of class. The foglamps and foglamp bezels have also been redesigned and contribute to giving a bolder appearance. An Enhancement Package is included with the Innova 2.0X.
This exclusive package has new design for wheel arch mouldings for protecting the bodywork, new bodyside mouldings and redesigned side skirts that add a sporty touch. At the rear, the garnish on the back door has been restyled to visually widen the vehicle, while the roof spoiler (only for the Innova 2.0X) has been slightly reprofiled for aerodynamic improvements.
The wheels are maintained with the flagship Innova 2.0X having 17-inch alloy wheels finished in a new Dark Grey Metallic colour and fitted with 215/55R17 tyres. For the Innova 2.0G and 2.0E, the alloy wheels have a 16-inch diameter in a refreshed dual-tone finish and are fitted with 205/65R16 tyres.
Both the Innova 2.0X and Innova 2.0G come with high-quality Optitron meters in the instrument panel which provide bright and clear displays in all lighting conditions. Between the meters is a 4.2-inch full colour Multi Information Display (MID) that keeps the driver informed of fuel consumption and range available with the remaining fuel in the tank.
Responding to customer feedback, more charging ports have been added. The front 2 USB ports have been repositioned in the dashboard from the centre console and additional USB ports has been provided for those in the third row of seats. All the ports have Fast Charging capability for compatible smartphones and other portable devices.
Additionally, a wireless charging pad in the centre console is also available as an option for all variants. For 2021, additional features have been added to give the driver greater awareness of the surroundings to improve safety. The first is the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), standard for the Innova 2.0X and 2.0G and optional for the Innova 2.0E.
The systems use sensors on the body and bumpers to detect other vehicles in the blind spot or approaching from either side during reversing out of a parking bay. Also provided as standard for the Innova 2.0X and 2.0G is the Panoramic View Monitor (PVM).
This uses cameras around the bodywork to capture a 360-degree view around the vehicle. The driver can view the surroundings (with selectable views) and spot hazards to avoid. The PVM is especially useful when parking in narrow or tight parking spaces.
All variants are fitted with 7 SRS airbags and every one of the occupants on all three rows has a 3-point auto-retracting seatbelt. All variants also have ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), as well as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).
The extensive standard safety systems that are provided as entire Innova range has made it possible for the Innova to receive the maximum 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating. Contributing to this is the strong body structure which resists deformation while also dissipating impact energy before it can harm the occupants.
Besides the standard electronic security system, to provide greater peace of mind to owners, UMWT is now installing a Toyota Vehicle Telematics System (VTS) as standard in the Innova 2.0X and 2.0G, optional for the Innova 2.0E.
This system can track the vehicle’s movements using GPS and GSM technology. If the vehicle is stolen, the VTS Command Centre can determine its location and inform relevant authorities to make recovery faster.
The Innova continues to be powered by a 2.0-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder VVT-i petrol engine with high fuel efficiency and strong midrange torque. With enhanced combustion efficiency, the lightweight engine produces 139 ps at 5,600 rpm and 183 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm which goes to the rear wheels.
All variants are fitted with a 6-speed Super ECT electronic automatic transmission (Super ECT). As with most of the models offered by UMWT, there is a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage, subject to terms and conditions.
As we reported yesterday, UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) will indeed be launching the 2021 Toyota Innova range very soon, with updated styling as well as additional safety features as standard.
With effect from today, customers can place bookings for the new Innova which is available in three variants. The three variants available and the following prices are:
Toyota Innova 2.0X – from RM129,677.00
Toyota Innova 2.0G – from RM121,483.00
Toyota Innova 2.0 E – from RM111,622.00
There are six exterior colour choices – Medium Silver Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Phantom Brown, Silver Metallic, Super White II and Bronze Mica Metallic (new). For the Innova 2.0X, there is an additional choice of colour called Crimson Spark Red Metallic.
As mentioned earlier, the 2021 Innova comes with many cosmetic changes on the exterior.
A chrome and black theme is used for the grille with the door mirrors having chrome housings and integrated turn signals (Innova 2.0X and Innova 2.0G).
The foglamps and foglamp bezels have also been redesigned and contribute to a bolder appearance.
The Innova 2.0X also comes with new wheel arch mouldings, new bodyside mouldings and redesigned side skirts that add a sporty touch. While the lightweight 17-inch alloy rims of the Innova 2.0X are now in Dark Mica Metallic instead of black, those on the Innova 2.0G get a more dynamic new design.
At the rear, the garnish on the back door has been restyled, while the roof spoiler (only for the Innova 2.0X) has been reprofiled for aerodynamic improvements.
Inside, the 9-inch capacitive touchscreen for the infotainment system also serves as a display for the Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) which is now standard for the Innova 2.0X and Innova 2.0G.
The PVM display has been changed from a 2D view to a 3D view to provide the driver with a better perspective of the vehicle and its surroundings for more precise manoeuvring in tight spaces.
Responding to customer feedback, more charging ports have also been added. The front 2 USB ports have been repositioned in the dashboard from the centre console and an additional USB port has been provided for those in the third row of seats.
All the ports have Fast Charging capability for compatible smartphones and other portable devices. Additionally, a wireless charging pad located in the centre console is also available as an option which can be included at the time of booking.
The Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) systems which can help prevent collisions with other vehicles are now standard for the Innova 20X and Innova 2.0G.
Besides the standard electronic security system, to provide greater peace of mind to owners, UMWT is now installing a Toyota Vehicle Telematics System (VTS) which can track the vehicle’s movements using GPS and GSM technology. In the event that the vehicle is stolen, the VTS Command Centre can determine its location and inform relevant authorities to make recovery faster.
As with most of the models offered by UMWT, there is a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage, subject to terms and conditions stated in the Owner’s Handbook. This will be welcome by owners who clock high mileage each year as they can enjoy peace of mind for the full 5-year period.
Those who’re following Toyota Malaysia on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram would have noticed that the company has teased the arrival of the updated 2021 Toyota Innova.
The 2021 Toyota, which was just launched in Indonesia last October, will come with an updated exterior, new interior features, as well as new safety features like the Toyota Safety Sense suite of safety features like autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control (ACC), and lane keeping assist (LKA) among others.
Other goodies like front and rear Digital Video Recorder (DVR) should be thrown into the mix as well, but let us wait and see what UMWT has in store for us.
Measuring 4,735 mm in length, 1,830 mm in width, and 1,795 mm in height with a wheelbase length of 2,750 mm, the 2021 Toyota Innova remains the same in terms of dimensions.
Visually, however, the MPV does look a bit different thanks to new features like the redesigned LED headlights and taillights, a new front grille design, new wheels, as well as more grey and black trims versus the current chrome bits.
Although the X variant was only introduced later on for the current Innova, the updated version seems to have it in the lineup from the get-go, as we can see it in the teaser image. Unless, Toyota wants to call it something else like the Innova “Venturer” in Indonesia.
Inside, the new Toyota Innova should come with a new and improved infotainment system similar to the one found in the new 2020 Toyota Hilux which also happens to share the same platform as the Innova.
Depending on variant, features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a larger touch screen display should come as standard, as opposed to the existing 9-inch display.
Since it is only a facelift, we can expect the existing 1TR-FE 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and 6-speed automatic gearbox combo to be carried over. Together, they produce an output of 139 PS and 183 Nm of torque.
Currently, the Toyota Innova is priced at RM110,034 for the E variant, RM117,364 for the G variant, and RM127,126 for the X variant, on the road with SST, without insurance.
As for the updated 2021 Toyota Innova, we can expect a slight drop in price since the government has announced that SST exemption has been extended until June 2021.
Whatever it is, nothing is official just yet, so watch this space for more announcements revolving around the 2021 Toyota Innova.
UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has opened online stores at two of Malaysia’s popular e-commerce platforms – Lazada and Shopee – where car-buyers can find special deals on selected Toyota models.
Currently, there are exclusive deals for the Toyota Innova, Toyota Harrier, and the Toyota Hilux (limited stocks) as well. The deals are available only for online bookings at the Toyota Flagship Stores on both Lazmall and Shopee Mall.
While booking fees at the Toyota Malaysia Flagship Stores can be as low as RM250, payment can be made the same way as purchasing other goods online – via credit card or online banking.
The booking fee starts the purchase process which will be followed up by personal attention from a Sales Advisor at the nearest authorized Toyota dealership to the customer. Chat support is also available at the online stores (Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm) for customers who may have queries.
There will be promotions (*for selected 2019 stocks only) at the online stores from time to time with exclusive money-saving offers. For example, there is currently a special promotion available for the Toyota Fortuner SUV (limited stocks) worth RM22, 760 and it comes with 5 years of free scheduled maintenance (terms and conditions apply).