The all-new Ford B-MAX has been awarded the highest possible five-star safety rating by independent crash test authority Euro NCAP.
The Ford B-MAX compact multi-activity vehicle achieved an overall protection score of 83 per cent, after scoring 93 per cent for adult protection and 84 per cent for child protection.
“Safety is a fundamental Ford value and we are delighted to achieve the maximum five-star rating from Euro NCAP,”said Tom Overington, Ford’s European safety project manager. “The team has worked very hard on making sure B-MAX meets the safety standards our customers expect from every Ford vehicle.”
Ford subjected the B-MAX to more than 5,000 computer simulated crash tests during development, no less than 40 complete crash tests and a further 100 tests which involved the car being mounted on a sled and fired into a barrier.
High strength and ultra-high strength steels form more than 58 per cent of the B-MAX body and are used in brackets, called crash-catchers; these lock the ingenious Ford Easy Access Door System in place if the vehicle suffers a side-impact.
B-MAX is equipped with seven airbags and the front-end is carefully engineered for optimised pedestrian protection. It also features Ford’s Active City Stop system – a segment-first designed to help motorists avoid low speed collisions with stationary or slower moving traffic.
Better connected than any vehicle in its class, B-MAX features Ford’s voice-activated, in-car connectivity system, SYNC, with Emergency Assistance, designed to assist the car’s occupants to call for help in the event of a crash (more at [url=”http://b-maxforum2012.fordmedia.eu/enhanced.htm”]http://b-maxforum2012.fordmedia.eu/enhanced.htm[/url]).
“Only vehicles offering all-round protection can be awarded a five-star rating under Euro NCAP’s new test protocol,”said Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general. “Ford B-MAX is a great example of how this can be achieved by an innovative design, outstanding system engineering and smart technologies such as Active City Stop.”
Established in 1997 and backed by governments, motoring, consumer and insurance organisations, Euro NCAP is the largest and most respected independent authority on crash testing in Europe.
[b]Best-in-class security too[/b]
Ford B-MAX has also achieved best-in-class Thatcham security ratings. The five-star theft of vehicle rating and four-star theft from vehicle ratings are awarded to Ford B-MAX models fitted with safety features which include remote central/double locking, high performance security shields around the door locks and engine management system, a new security encryption for key/immobiliser system, electronic column lock and Thatcham Category 1 alarm. The latter is a standard feature on all B-MAX Titanium models and a £200 option on Studio and Zetec models.
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