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
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.