Monday, November 23, 2015

Ford Ranger gets highest 5-Star ASEAN NCAP rating for its class

The updated Ford Ranger has received the highest 5-Star safety rating in its segment, with a score of 15.45/16 points for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) based on the crash tests recently conducted by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (ASEAN NCAP).

"Achieving 5-star ASEAN-NCAP is an important milestone in the new Ranger's success story as we designed and developed this vehicle to challenge the conventional world of pickup trucks and provide customers with more class-leading safety features than ever," said Ford ASEAN President Mark Kaufman. “Safety is always Ford’s top priority. We are hugely proud of the results we have achieved and today's announcement is further proof that the new Ranger is true to our ‘Built Ford Tough’ heritage with outstanding levels of safety customers expect in this all-important vehicle segment.

According to the American carmaker, it has leveraged its global engineering tools and advanced safety technologies "to offer an unmatched level of occupant protection for the new Ranger." Passive and active safety components currently used by the Ranger include side impact protection beams, a collapsible steering column, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD).

As for the actual unit tested by the ASEAN NCAP, it was equipped with dual front airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Roll Over Mitigation (ROM) and ISOFIX for child seat attachment.

ASEAN NCAP clarified though that due to the organization's prerequisites, Ranger variants that are not equipped with ESC and Seatbelt Reminder (SBR) for front passengers are relegated to a 4-Star AOP. As for the Child Occupant Protection (COP), it obtained 63% compliance, making it eligible for the 3-Star category rating.

ASEAN NCAP added that of the pickup trucks it has tested, the Ford Ranger's 15.45-point AOP score is the highest in its class, followed by the top-spec variant of the Mitsubishi Strada (15.22 points), the Chevrolet Colorado (14.19), the all-new Toyota Hilux (14.53), the standard Mitsubishi Strada variant (13.56), and the Isuzu D-Max (11.87).

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