The 2012 Ford Focus has not been on the market for long, but that’s not stopping it from making headlines. Most recently, the all-new Focus was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The compact also received a 5-star overall safety rating from the Euro NCAP.
Both the IIHS and Euro NCAP independently test vehicle safety, and use their findings to present major safety awards and rankings. In the IIHS’ testing, the Focus received the best score of “good” all four tests conducted: frontal offset, side-impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection. The Focus also offers standard electronic stability control, a requirement for all vehicles to be designated a “Top Safety Pick.” The Euro NCAP releases its results differently, giving percentages for the different areas of protection a car offers. The 2012 Focus received a 92% in adult occupant safety, an 82% in child occupant safety, a 72% in pedestrian safety, and a 71% in safety assist; all leading to an overall 5-star rating.
However, these ratings did not come as a surprise to Ford. The automaker designed the new compact car with safety in mind, which, according to Global C Car vehicle line director Gunnar Herrmann, is shown through the “structural rigidity of the body and its extensive use of high strength steels.”