New Focus will be safest yet, says Ford

Gunnar Herrmann, Ford’s global medium car vehicle line director, says the five-star EuroNCAP safety ratings awarded to the C-Max and Grand C-Max MPV bodes well for the Ford Focus in future.

"Crash test ratings are an important factor when designing and engineering our vehicles and we’re delighted that Euro NCAP has recognised that both the new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX models offer excellent protection in the event of a collision," he said.

"These are the first vehicles to be built on our new global C-car platform and for them to score so highly bodes well for future products including the all-new Focus which goes on sale next year."

The C-platform is the first global platform from Ford under the new One Ford policy. This means as many as ten different cars will be based on the same platform.

It also means the likes of the Ford Focus will be sold across a large number of countries as a near-identical car, with 80 per cent of the parts used on all models.

The C-Max and Grand C-Max scored highly on front impact, side impact and side pole impact tests, providing protection for adults, passengers and children in the process.

Technology such as front, side and curtain airbags are included as standard on all C-Max and Grand C-Max models, and will be expected to be included in all Focus models as well.

Other features include three-point safety belts, updated pretensioners and a body shell made from high-strength steels.

However, the seat belt reminder system, which notifies the driver if second and third row seatbelts are not fastened in the seven-seat Grand C-Max, may not appear on the 2011 Ford Focus hatchback and estate when they arrive in 2011.