Toyota's third-generation Avensis has earned the top score of five stars in the influential EuroNCAP crash test thanks to help from Germany's Robert Bosch and Sweden's Autoliv.
Bosch provides the mid-sized car's antilock brakes and its electronic brake-force distribution system as standard equipment on all variants.
Bosch also supplies its latest version of electronic stability control (which Toyota calls Vehicle Stability Control). The new version of ESC improves grip when driving in rain or on loose surfaces, such as gravel. Autoliv provides the Avensis' side airbags, inflatable curtains and seat belts.
Rehau supplies a new blow-molded and painted spoiler to the Avensis. The part is produced at the supplier's factory in Viechtach, Germany, and shipped directly to Toyota's UK assembly plant. This is first time the German firm has supplied such a product to Toyota, representing a strategic decision by the automaker to rely more on its supply base in Europe rather than import the part from Japan. The spoiler is fitted as standard to certain specifications of the automobile, which are expected to account for 10 percent of total vehicle production volume.
Toyota produces the Avensis at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, England. In Germany, prices for the sedan start at 22,700 euros while the station wagon starts at 23,700 euros.