The Ford Falcon FG sedan has become the first Australian car to be awarded top safety rankings by the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP).
Recent testing gave the car ANCAP's highest five-star rating.
General Manager of AA Technical Services, Stella Stocks says because the Falcon FG sedan is available in New Zealand, the result is also good news for New Zealand drivers.
“A five-star rating requires additional safety features such as electronic stability control (ESC). The more cars with ESC on New Zealand roads, the more assistance drivers will have in regaining control in tricky situations. Side airbags will also assist occupants involved in crashes and increase the chances of survival,” says Ms Stocks.
NZTA Vehicles Manager Don Hutchinson says it is encouraging that another popular vehicle model has scored a top safety rating.
“The purpose of ANCAP crash testing is to increase consumer demand for safety and encourage car manufacturers to meet that demand. Results like this are great news and demonstrate the value of crash testing programmes.”
The Falcon scored well in the frontal offset, side impact and optional pole tests, providing strong protection for the vehicle occupants. The vehicle tested was a base model Falcon XT which has dual front airbags and front-seat head-protecting side airbags and electronic stability control as standard. ESC is a requirement for a five-star rating.
All FG Falcon sedans, with the exception of the LPG fuelled model, have been awarded a five-star rating. The LPG model (which does not have ESC) scores four stars.