The all-new Ford Focus recently underwent the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) and walked home proudly with a maximum 5-Star crash safety rating. The new-generation Focus with its new C2 platform and advanced driver assistance suite became one of the first vehicles to be awarded the highest rating under the new, more stringent testing protocols.
The Focus did remarkably well in the Adult Occupant and Child Occupant category, scoring 85 per cent and 87 per cent respectively. Euro NCAP commented that the strong structure and crash load capability from the all-new C2 architecture provided good protection to passengers in both front and side-impact crashes.
Its Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection was able to detect moving people ahead and automatically applies the brakes when a potential collision is imminent. Using three radars, two cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors, the Focus was able to apply autonomous emergency braking (AEB) reliably at city driving speeds.
The Focus’ AEB system is also active at night, using the headlamps as a light source to detect obstructing objects. The organisation demonstrated that the Focus was able to avoid a collision with a pedestrian at night (40 km/h).