Ford triumph in NCAP 2012 Best in Class safety awards
The continent's official vehicle safety body, Euro NCAP, have revealed the results of their 'Best in Class' awards for 2012, and they will once again have given Ford car dealers and their customers much to smile about.
The globally renowned Michigan manufacturers were commended in four different categories altogether, picking up first place in three of these. Whilst the impressive individual safety ratings of all of these vehicles had been announced at various points over the last year, this comprehensive annual review was the first real instance in which drivers all over Europe could directly contrast just how well Ford performs compared with its competitors in the automotive market.
The safety standards which vehicles have to meet to perform well in the Euro NCAP tests are notoriously high, with detailed assessments of each model's performance in the fields of adult occupant protection, safety assist systems, child occupant protection and pedestrian protection. Each of the three examples which Ford were victorious with had attained the coveted five star grade after their appraisals.
The popular new Ford Kuga picked up the award for safest Small Off-Road 4x4, whilst the B-Max shared the top spot for the Small MPV with one other car, and there was success for the iconic Ford Transit, which was honoured with the Business and Family Vans prize. On top of this, the UK's most popular car, the Fiesta, finished a close second in the Supermini category.
Both brand new and used Ford cars are appreciated by drivers and industry experts alike for their uncompromising commitment towards improving the safety of those behind the wheel, their passengers, and pedestrians, and the results of the latest yearly Euro NCAP awards are further proof of this.
Next year's awards should be even more competitive, with the presence of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems in cars, something Ford has already supported, set to be introduced as a separate assessment category from 2013.
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