What are the odds of hitting a moose on the road? Or a cow? Or another big animal? High enough for many accidents to happen. This is why the Swedish magazine Teknikens Värld performs such test regularly. It was because of one of its tests that Mercedes-Benz filled the 1st generation A-Class with a lot of electronic aids, even if the company denies having added them to the car due to that problem. After all, why not make the car much more expensive than it was supposed to be just to make it safer? Anyway, that was not the only car that failed the moose test. The Toyota Hilux also failed it in its 7th generation. The 8th generation, recently introduced, is also not capable of such maneuver. Check the video below.
Toyota has already sent the Swedish magazine the following answer:
“Based on all the tests carried out during development, we are confident that the Toyota Hilux is a safe vehicle. As we understand, you have performed an evasive maneuver test according to your magazine testing protocols on several pickups, including the Toyota Hilux. You have informed us that the Toyota Hilux is not living up to your expectations. We were surprised by the test result, and we will take your evaluation very seriously, in the same serious way we do with the capacity for evasive maneuvers in the development of our vehicles. Hilux has been repeatedly tested according to the ISO 3888 standard for evasive maneuver tests during the development of the model and then it passed the tests successfully. Several technical parameters have an impact on the outcome of an evasive maneuver, so we want to better understand the exact parameters for your test.
Bengt Dalström, General Manager
External Affairs/PR, Toyota Sweden AB”
Dalström refers to something the own video presents. The Hilux almost flips over at 37 mph, or 59.6 km/h. Several other pick-ups pass the test at higher speeds, such as the RAM 2500 (a full size pick-up) and the Ford Ranger, at 40 mph, or 64.4 km/h, the Isuzu D-Max and the Mitsubishi L200, at 41 mph, or 66 km/h, and the Nissan Navara and the Volkswagen Amarok, at 42 mph, or 67.6 km/h.
We will follow the impact of such failure closely, especially because other units of the Hilux, produced in other plants, may not be subject to the same dangerous behavior. But what if they are? We hope Toyota decides to do something about it this time. Like Mercedes-Benz did once.