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Ford comes out on top for Euro NCAP safety awards

Ford Motor Company has won three out of a possible seven 2012 Euro NCAP best-in-class safety awards, more than any of its rival auto-manufacturers
 B-MAX achieved 83 percent overall protection score
 
 

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Ford’s Kuga, Transit Custom and B-MAX have been named as the top choices for safety by Euro NCAP.

The new Kuga came out on top of the SUV sector; its Transit Custom achieved pole position in the Business and Family Vans class, and the B-MAX was the joint winner in the small MPV category.

All three vehicles achieved a perfect five-star Euro NCAP rating and 88, 83 and 77 percent overall protection score respectively.

Ford Automotive Safety Director, Stuart Southgate commented:

“Safety is a core value at Ford. For Euro NCAP to evaluate our vehicles and determine that they are segment leaders in their safety assessment is a wonderful recognition of the values and talent of our designers and engineers.”

Euro NCAP is Europe’s largest independent authority on vehicle safety, with the awards reflecting vehicle crash test performance and availability of advanced safety technologies.

Last year, Ford become the world’s first auto-manufacturer to achieve a total of seven different Euro NCAP Advanced rewards in recognition of a wide range of technologies that Ford has introduced, such as MyKey, SYNC with Emergency Assistance, Active City Stop, Driver Alert and Lane Keeping Aid.

Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General, said:

“Euro NCAP is recognising the efforts of some manufacturers already offering a higher level of occupant protection in their cars, but today safety means more than protecting occupants in a crash.

“Through the expansion of our tests and the assessment of important active safety systems, our aim is to inform and allows all road users to benefit from safe cars with advanced systems in the most affordable way, and to contribute in reducing the number of road accidents.”

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