The Ford Focus and Ford Ranger achieve five stars at the Euro NCAP tests 0

The brand new Ford Ranger is now known as Europe’s safest pickup truck. It has passed what been described as the Euro NCAP’s most strenuous test ever.

That is quite an achievement. The Euro NCAP test results are recognised worldwide as the industry benchmark for vehicle safety in every aspect. That will go a long way in aiding the sales of the Ford Ranger.

A brand new scoring system

The Ford Ranger went under a new scoring system which was introduced for this year. Once again the vehicle managed to secure five stars, the same rating as what it achieved last year in 2011. It is the only pickup truck to achieve the maximum score, which will again bode well for the vehicle’s reputation.

Same five star result again for the Ford Focus

The Ford Focus achieved the same five star score too at the Euro NCAP tests. Again this was the same result as what the car managed to achieve the year before. The car also received two extra Euro NCAP Advanced Awards for its passenger safety.

More emphasis on pedestrian protection this time round

Michiel van Ratingen, a Euro NCAP spokesman commented on the scoring system saying that it is a more effective procedure overall. He said “Our scoring system has been revised to place even greater emphasis on the importance of pedestrian protection. The new Ford Ranger is the only vehicle in its class to achieve the marks we now demand of a five-star safety rated vehicle.”

Both vehicles meeting the highest standards

The Ford automotive safety director, Stuart Southgate said that both results were a great achievement. His exact words were “The 2012 Euro NCAP crash tests are the safety barometer all new cars will be measured against and for Focus and Ranger to achieve five stars again is a great achievement. Safety is a core value for Ford Motor Company and we’re delighted that the Ford Ranger and Ford Focus have met and exceeded the highest standards demanded by Euro NCAP”.

Ford’s excellent  vehicle safety facilities

Mike Penning, the current Road Safety Minister had the pleasure of visiting Ford Dunton’s Technical centre in Essex. His tour lasted one week where he saw all of Ford’s safety testing equipment. This included the Ford Engine Dynamometer, the Environmental test Departments and the Ford HYGE crash test. He was said to be very impressed with what he saw.