Ford aces safety tests with the all-new Focus
What makes the new Focus so safe?
Ford has been awarded top marks by the Euro NCAP independent crash test authority. The all-new Focus was one of the first vehicles to hit the 5-star mark since new stringent rules come into force earlier this year.
Ford has released an entertaining video that shows the crash-test process, and is filmed in Ford's state of the art sled test facility in Cologne, Germany that uses a hydraulic propulsion system to simulate car collisions.
As you can see from the video, the dummies survive the crash tests, but what makes the new Focus so safe in the event of a crash? Here's some of the top safety features:
1. A strong body
That'll buff out, surely?
Made from 33% ultra-high-strength steel, the body on the new Focus is as tough as a tough thing. A strong frame helps to maintain the rigidity of the car during a collision, this not only keeps the passengers safer, it also means that less car will be damaged.
2. Post-Collision Braking
A simple counter-measure that could prevent further injury
After hitting something at speed, a car can quite easily veer off into another vehicle or even a piece of street furniture. Post-Collision Braking helps reduce the impact of a potential secondary collision by automatically applying the brakes after the initial crash. Moderate brake pressure is applied to slow the vehicle down. No more double-whammy crashes for Focus owners.
3. Lots of lovely airbags
The airbags can be seen deploying in the front and back of the car
The new Focus has plenty of life-saving airbags. From the standard front-impact airbags, to side curtain airbags for the front and rear passengers. These were all tested using special cameras that recorded tests at speeds of up to 1000 frames per second. This helped Ford's boffins to carefully scrutinise the deployment-timings of the airbags.
4. Pedestrian Detection
You wouldn't test it on a real person, would you?
Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection is designed to detect both people and cyclists nearby that may cross into the car's path. If so, the car will automatically apply the brakes if it thinks that the driver isn't paying attention.
5. Evasive Steering
A great 'quarter to three' driving position there
Using radar and cameras to detect slow-moving or stationary vehicles up ahead, Evasive Steering Assist provides steering support to help the car manoeuvre around a vehicle if a crash is about to occur.
A bunch of crash test dummies in 'the waiting room' before testing
Other intuitive features
Ford has also packed the new Focus with the following additional safety features:
Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Keeping. A Head-up display which helps drivers keep their eyes on the road. Adaptive headlights, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, and an emergency SOS call function that automatically dials the emergency services in the event of a crash.