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In tests conducted by the independent organization JNCAP (Japan New Car Assessment Program), the new Alphard failed to score the maximum five stars – the model earned only four. It turned out that when a pedestrian is hit, he can be seriously injured due to the design features of the car, namely the short hood and hard edges.

JNCAP tests are somewhat different from European ones according to the EuroNCAP methodology. The Japanese organization simulates two frontal collisions: the first at a speed of 64 kilometers per hour against a deformable barrier with a 40 percent overlap, and the second at 55 kilometers per hour against a non-deformable barrier with a 100 percent overlap. There is also a side impact, a simulated accident with a pedestrian and a test of the operation of the emergency call system.

The new generation Toyota Alphard, presented last summer, took part in the tests. Its safety was rated 92 percent, awarding 181.78 points out of a possible 197. The performance of preventive safety systems was rated at 88.84 points out of 89 possible (this corresponds to 99 percent), and safety during various collisions was rated at 84.93 points out of 100 possible (84 percent). Finally, the emergency call system worked 100 percent (eight points out of eight).

It is noteworthy that during one of the tests – a side impact – the minivan could not stand on four wheels and fell on its side. However, this did not affect the assessment (the experts gave five points out of five possible), since this fact was considered insignificant.

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