Thursday, June 9th, 2011
Euro NCAP’s five-star safety award for new Focus confirms the structural excellence of Ford’s global C-Car platform. The Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX available in Europe share the same architecture as the new Focus and were both awarded five stars by Euro NCAP last year.

The all-new Focus, which goes on sale in Australia in August, is engineered to meet or exceed safety standards around the world and has been crash-tested more than 12,000 times in real and virtual worlds to ensure the best possible protection for occupants of various ages and sizes.

"We were committed from the beginning with the all-new Focus to design and engineer a vehicle that leads the way both in terms of technology and safety," said Gunnar Herrmann, Global C-Car Vehicle Line Director.

"The inherent strength of our new Focus is the structural rigidity of the body and our extensive use of high-strength steels."

Fifty-five per cent of the body shell is made of high-strength steels, of which 31 per cent is ultra-tough boron steel, more than any other Ford built to date. Boron features in the A-pillars, B-pillars, rocker panels and door reinforcement beams to create an extremely rigid, crush-resistant passenger cell.
Meanwhile, high-strength steel is used in the integrated door opening reinforcement rings and door load paths to provide excellent protection from side impacts.

New Focus also features a patented front chassis subframe, which de-couples during severe frontal impacts, avoiding deformation in the passenger cell footwell area. Pedestrian protection has been boosted by the addition of a "soft" cowl design in the front body structure and Ford has also relocated the windscreen wiper system to help further reduce injury risks.

Intelligent Protection

New Focus is equipped with Ford's Intelligent Protection System restraint system that includes next-generation front airbags for the driver and front passenger, as well as unique side airbags complete with shoulder vents that stay open and reduce pressure for smaller occupants.

A 'horizontal stroking' steering column reduces loads on head and chest as it collapses and retracts away from the driver in high-speed frontal impacts. Both front seats are fitted with more effective retractor pretensioners, along with belt load limiters. Rear seat passengers are protected by three-point seat belts.

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