Top safety score for new Ford Focus

The all-new family car was awarded the top EuroNCAP safety rating after being crash tested in four areas; adult safety, child safety, pedestrian safety and the level of safety assist technology as standard in the car.

Ford was awarded the top score after receiving the highest possible rating for dynamic child safety and impressing in all three of the other areas.

However, the high level of equipment on the Focus also earned it an extra award. The Active City Stop, which monitors the road and prevents the car crashing by automatically applying the brakes, was awarded EuroNCAP’s prestigious Advanced reward.

Dr. Andre Seeck, Euro NCAP President, said: "The Euro NCAP Advanced Awards recognise safety innovation of the highest level and we are delighted that Ford has shown its commitment to the safety of its vehicles such as the new Focus."

It is the second time Ford has won an Advanced reward for its cars, making it the first non-premium manufacturer to do so.

Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe, said: "At Ford, our mission is to provide the highest level of safety through accident avoidance technologies and advanced occupant protection systems, which makes this recognition from Euro NCAP incredibly gratifying."

Describing the inclusion of Active City Stop as ‘good for road users across Europe’, EuroNCAP also praised Ford for its Lane Keeping Aid technology, which alters the steering slightly to stay within the lines on the road and causes the steering wheel to vibrate if the car drifts over a line.

New 2011 Ford Focus prices start from under £16,000 in hatchback form. Ford Focus estates are also available and a sporty ST is due to be launched to add a more performance-oriented vehicle to the range.