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Ford given high praise from Euro NCAP

Ford given high praise from Euro NCAP

Road safety organisation Euro NCAP has revealed its best in class vehicles of 2012, with Ford being applauded across the board.

Altogether, 36 vehicles were highlighted by the provider of the European new car assessment programme for their outstanding safety performance credentials.

In fact, six of these motors went above and beyond and were awarded a five-star rating by Euro NCAP after excelling in four areas of marking - adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist systems.

One of the vehicles to be given five stars from the road safety body over the past 12 months was the Ford Transit – the first van to achieve such a feat.

As such, it should come as little surprise that the Transit was honoured with being Euro NCAP's best in class in the business/family van category.

This was only the tip of the iceberg for Ford when it came to being ushered with praise by Euro NCAP though, as the American manufacturer's Ford Kuga vehicle was also named as the safest Small Off-Road 4x4 to be released in 2012.

During the organisation's rigorous testing of the Kuga last year, the vehicle was able to achieve a sublime 100 per cent rating for its safety assist features.

On top of this, Euro NCAP marked the all-terrain motor with a 94 per cent rating where adult occupant protection was concerned, 86 per cent for its child occupant protection measures and a respectable 70 per cent for pedestrian protection.

Completing the hat-trick for Ford was the fact that the vehicle maker's Ford B-MAX shared the best in class honour in the Small MPV category with the in vogue Fiat 500L.

While failing to achieve full marks in any of the categories, the Ford B-MAX was consistent across the board for adult occupant protection (92 per cent), child occupant protection (84 per cent), its safety assist functions (71 per cent) and pedestrian protection (67 per cent).

All of these marks helped the B-MAX achieve an overall five-star rating.

Posted by Louise Clark
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