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SmartBar helps Toyota HiLux improve ANCAP score

SmartBar has released a range of ANCAP tested bull bar alternatives that actually improve the ANCAP score on Toyota HiLux, Holden Colorado and Ford Ranger.

SOUTH-AUSTRALIA BASED SmartBar has released a range of ANCAP tested and approved bars for Toyota HiLux, Holden Colorado and Ford Ranger. Purchased by ARB last month (September 2014), SmartBar general manager, Kevin Baker says the SmartBar actually makes the vehicle its fitted to safer.

“We have had the Toyota Hilux and Holden Colorado ANCAP tested with our SmartBar fitted to them. The results were excellent and subsequently we have been advised that both vehicles will retain their 5 Star Rating when a SmartBar is fitted to it. Our bar is the only one which has undergone this test on the Hilux and passed,” Baker says.

“When the Hilux was tested by ANCAP without a Bullbar, the Offset Frontal Test Score was 12.86/16. When tested with a SmartBar fitted, the Offset Frontal Test Score was an impressive 14.58/16.”

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All three models get a specific design for the SmartBar, Baker says, which are designed to blend in with the look of the vehicle. And while ANCAP hasn’t commented on the pedestrian safety aspects of the SmartBar, Baker says the the SmartBar is airbag compatible, meets Australian Standards and is tested to ensure its Head Injury Criteria rating is lower than the Australian Standard rating of 1500; SmartBar scores 1000 which is considered a very probability of survival in an impact at 30km/h.

The SmartBar is available in a range of colours: black, silver grey, white, high-visability condor green and safety orange. And it accommodates the following spotlights: Hella Rallye Compact 4000; Comet 450; Light Force 170 Striker/Genesis; and IPF 800, and the following winches: Warn XD9000; Premier VX9000; VRS V9500; and T Max TMAEW9000.


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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.