12,000 Focus crash tests completed

However, this isn’t a case of bad driving; instead the car has been rigorously crash-tested to ensure it scores highly on the EuroNCAP tests, part of the safety standard for all new European cars.

The 12,000 crashes include both real world and virtual simulations to check each aspect of the Focus is working properly.

Advances in computer aided engineering means a large amount of tests can be carried out in the accurate simulations before results are confirmed by a series of real world crashes.

“Developing the Focus to meet the global safety standards has resulted in improved crash performance to help protect occupants in crashes,” said Matt Niesluchowski, Focus safety manager. “Ford’s safety team had a head start in working together around the world, which helped tremendously in ensuring the new Focus meets or exceeds a complex web of global safety regulations."

Ford will introduce the Focus hatchback to 165 world markets and all models will share 80 per cent of their parts with the rest. However, this means the car will need to pass a large number of different safety regulations depending on the market.

The Focus has been reinforced with 55 per cent of the body shell made from ultra-high-strength steel which is both tough and light to reduce weight in the vehicle.

The car also features front and side airbags, and for the first time the Blue Oval will make use of technology which allows some of the gas to be vented out of the side of the airbag to help reduce head and neck injuries.

The 2012 Ford Focus will also boast Electronic Stability Control, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), traction control and height-adjustable seatbelts for all passengers.