The new Ford Mondeo has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by independent crash test authority Euro NCAP.
“This is the most technologically advanced Ford vehicle introduced in Europe.” says Ciaran McMahon, managing director designate of Ford Ireland. “Through features like pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and inflatable rear seatbelt, we’ve delivered safety features that provide exceptional protection for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
“Euro NCAP’s five-star standard is getting higher and higher and cars now have to combine outstanding occupant crash protection with sophisticated driver assistance systems in order to make the grade.”
The Mondeo delivers on both counts and is among the first to offer pedestrian detection technology, said Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP general secretary.
“We encourage car buyers to take full advantage of the safety on offer and to prioritise safety options over others that are offered.”
The new Mondeo body structure features 61 per cent high strength steel, and uses an industry-first application of hydro-formed high strength steel to produce the forward window pillars and the roof rails - reducing side impact intrusion by up to 64mm.
Further structural developments include an anti-roll bar uniquely designed to limit transmission travel in a frontal impact - minimising steering rack movement, and sill rocker panels made of martensitic boron steel for improved side impact protection.
Available as a five-door model and wagon, as well as the four-door Mondeo hybrid – the first hybrid vehicle to be built and sold by Ford in Europe – the new Mondeo is on sale now.