Fal­con gets a high five

Just when it needs a sales lift, along comes great news for Ford, writes STEPHEN OT­T­LEY WE DE­SIGN OUR CARS TO DE­LIVER REAL-WORLD SAFETY BEN­E­FITS FOR OUR CUS­TOMERS

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FAM­I­LIES have ac­cess to one of the world’s safest cars at an af­ford­able price with the Ford FG Fal­con scor­ing the high­est safety rat­ing.

The new FG petrol sedan range, from the $36,490 XT model up, has earned a five-star rat­ing in the Aus­tralasian New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gram (ANCAP). How­ever, the E-Gas range of Fal­cons missed out on the top hon­our.

It is the first Aus­tralian-made car to re­ceive five stars and should give the Fal­con range a boost af­ter some lower-than-ex­pected sales re­sults.

‘‘The petrol FG Fal­con sedan range has been judged by ANCAP as the safety leader among lo­cally made ve­hi­cles, ce­ment­ing Ford’s long-stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion for safety lead­er­ship in Aus­tralia,’’ Ford Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Bill Os­borne says.

‘‘We de­sign our cars to de­liver real-world safety ben­e­fits for our cus­tomers. This re­sult is a re­sound­ing third-party en­dorse­ment of the ex­ten­sive safety de­vel­op­ment pro­gram un­der­taken for the all-new FG Fal­con.

‘‘The FG Fal­con is the safest ve­hi­cle ever pro­duced in this coun­try and is com­pet­i­tive with the safest sedans in the world,’’ Os­borne says.

The FG Fal­con joins the Euro­pean-sourced Fo­cus and Mon- deo as five-star ANCAP mod­els in Ford’s range.

The Fal­con’s arch ri­vals, the Holden VE Com­modore and Toy­ota Au­rion, have four-star ANCAP rat­ings. To achieve the five-star rat­ing a ve­hi­cle must pass four key cri­te­ria above a min­i­mum score.

The tests are an off­set front test, side-im­pact test, pole-im­pact test and the car must have elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol.

Ford crash-tested 426 cars and ran more than 5000 com­puter-sim­u­lated tests dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the FG. The com­pany used Ford’s fa­cili- ties in Aus­tralia, its world head­quar­ters in Detroit and sis­ter-brand Volvo’s Swedish tech­ni­cal cen­tre.

Head airbags for driver and front seat pas­sen­ger are stan­dard through­out the Fal­con range.

The G6E and G6E Turbo have cur­tain and tho­rax airbags as stan­dard, and they are an op­tion on all other mod­els.

Ford Aus­tralia prod­uct de­vel­op­ment vice-pres­i­dent Trevor Wor- thing­ton says the rat­ing comes at an im­por­tant time and vin­di­cates the ex­ten­sive safety work the com­pany has in­vested in the FG Fal­con.

‘‘Con­sumers are more aware of the im­por­tance of ve­hi­cle safety than ever be­fore,’’ Wor­thing­ton says.

‘‘As the com­pany that first made driver airbags stan­dard . . . an­tic­i­pat­ing th­ese grow­ing con­sumer de­mands for in­creased safety was a pri­or­ity,’’ he says.

They’re safe: the door-cell in­tegrity helped the new Fal­con FG range pass the side-im­pact test and earn a five-star safety rat­ing.

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