What would it take to get Toyota’s awesome hatch to come to the Philippines?

Remember that awesome looking Toyota Corolla Hatchback we mentioned in March earlier this year? Not only us it good looking, it also happens to be one of the safest passenger cars out there. Independent vehicle crash testing done by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) on Toyota’s best-selling passenger car in Australasia has netted 5 stars, the highest available rating by the program.

Scoring an almost perfect score of 96% in adult occupant protection, the Toyota Corolla performed excellently in keeping passengers safe in the event of frontal, rear, and side collisions. Whiplash was also significantly contained. Child protection combined with ISOFIX mounts and approved car seats was also rated highly, getting a 83%. Vulnerable road users also benefit from the automated emergency braking in city conditions since the Toyota Corolla’s system can detect pedestrians and cyclists with ease, as well as a good rating for the hood in the event of a collision. Perfect for our urban jungle, where too many variables are at play, if only the Corolla would be sold here. It scored an 86% in those tests.

In addition to these passive safety features, the Toyota Corolla also comes with lane keep assist, a blind spot monitor on higher variants, and a speed assistance system that identifies speed limit signs and warns the driver if they are speeding. These safety assist systems give the Toyota Corolla a score of 76% in that category. For a small hatchback, the Corolla has a few tricks up its sleeve.

The best part about this test is that it shows that technology has already been trickling down from more expensive vehicles, and making their way into everyday and more affordable cars. This ultimately means that safety doesn’t come at a cost anymore, and with the way the Toyota Corolla is specced, even the base model (which was used in all tests as a benchmark) enjoys all these safety features and still come at an attractive price point. Now, what would it take to get the same specs on cars here? Heck, maybe we should just convince Toyota to import the Corolla? It would be a win-win for everyone.

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