First it was the Ford Focus and now it is the new Ford Ranger pick up truck that gets a full five star rating for safety in the tests conducted by the independent agency Euro-NCAP.  To sell in the markets of Europe a good rating (usually at least four star) is required since there is a growing importance being attached to safety not just of the occupants of a car but also pedestrians as well, in case they are hit by a car.  In Europe, all manufacturers worth their salt have been focussing on increasing the rating of their products.  Ford claims that its new Ranger is the only pick up truck that managed to get the full five star rating from Euro-NCAP.

This news was confirmed by Euro-NCAP spokesman Michiel van Rantigen

“Our scoring system has been revised to place even greater emphasis on the importance of pedestrian protection. The new Ford Ranger is the only vehicle in its class to achieve the marks we now demand of a five-star safety rated vehicle.”

Stuart Southgate the Director of Ford Automotive Safety added

“The 2012 Euro NCAP crash tests are the safety barometer all new cars will be measured against and for Focus and Ranger to achieve five stars again is a great achievement. Safety is a core value for Ford Motor Company and we’re delighted that the Ford Ranger and Ford Focus have met and exceeded the highest standards demanded by Euro NCAP.”
We happen to know that the Ford Ranger is manufacturer in Thailand as well.  And it will be the basis for the new Ford Endeavour SUV in India and we sincerely hope that the same level of safety is maintained for the Thai and Indian vehicles as well.