Five-star safety rating for new Ford Focus
Ford has become the first non-premium car make to win two Euro NCAP Advanced rewards after the new Focus achieved a maximum five star crash safety rating.
The latest version of Ford’s popular family car achieved the highest possible dynamic score for child protection in both frontal and side impact collision tests.
The Focus also performed highly in the adult and pedestrian safety categories during the EuroNCAP safety tests.
The Euro NCAP judging body presented Ford with its two Advanced Awards in recognition of its technological safety features.
The CEO of Ford of Europe, Stephen Odell, said: “We are proud that we have made these technologies available to so many people in an affordable car like the new Focus."
One of the features is Active City Stop; it monitors the road ahead and brakes automatically if a collision is imminent.
The other safety feature is a Lane Keeping Aid, which uses a forward camera to detect if a vehicle drifts out of its lane and applies a small amount of steering input to alert the driver.
The Euro NCAP president, Dr. Andre Seeck, said: “The Euro NCAP Advanced Awards recognise safety innovation of the highest level and we are delighted that Ford has shown its commitment to its safety of its vehicles such as the new Focus."
The latest Ford Focus appeared in the UK market back in March this year. It is available as both a hatchback and as a five-door estate model.
Every model is equipped with USB connectivity, voice-activated Bluetooth and a DAB digital radio.
Engines available for the Ford Focus include a new 1.6 TDCi diesel unit which manages a fuel economy of 67mpg on the combined cycle. Alternatively a 1.6 EcoBoost turbo petrol engine will achieve 47mph on the same cycle.
Pricing for the Ford Focus currently starts from £16,000, the range-topping Titanium X version costs £21,250.