2013 Ford Focus Earns Top Safety Pick+ Distinction

The 2013 Ford Focus recently earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new Focus is of six small cars to achieve the highest possible rating from the IIHS. This award can go up on the Focus’ mantle right next to its 5-star Overall Vehicle Score award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The rating of Top Safety Pick+ is a new category in the ratings system. In order to achieve this highest of high ratings, a vehicle must achieve a “good” score in four safety evaluations. Those being overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover, and seats/head restraints. The scoring is either “good”, “acceptable”, “marginal” or “poor.” Also, the vehicle must achieve a “good” or “acceptable” in the small overlap frontal crash category.

“Ford is committed to designing vehicles that help keep people safe,” said Steve Kenner, global director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office. “We are constantly seeking innovative ways to help drivers avoid accidents and keep occupants safe when an incident does occur.”

The highly protective body structure of the Focus, along with its advanced safety technologies was designed to make families feel safe and comfortable.

The Top Safety Pick+ winning 2013 Ford Focus is available at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

Ford Fusion Energi Receives Top Safety Rating

Everyone knows the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi provides the best in fuel efficiency but did you know it also provides the best in safety? The Fusion Energi just received a 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is the highest rating by the US Government that a vehicle can receive. The rating is based off a series of tests to determine how the vehicle responds to crashes such as side frontal impact, side impact, and resistance to rollover.

The Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid have both received the same crash-test rating. With the market share for electric vehicles increasing, the NHTSA chose to test the plug-in vehicles separately from the gasoline internal combustion engines. The Fusion Energi also received a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) earlier in the year.

The Fusion Energi features the Personal Safety System with safety belt technologies along with font impact airbags. It also includes lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, hill state assist, and an electronic parking brake.

“The Fusion Energi combines the highest possible safety ratings from NHTSA and great fuel economy, two things we know customers are looking for in their vehicles,” said Steve Kenner, Global Director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office. “Our strategy is to provide our customers with a range of powertrain options in our vehicles, while still leading in fuel economy in every segment that we compete.”

The incredibly safe and fuel-efficient 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is available now at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

Ford Focus Electric Earns Top Safety Rating

The new 2013 Ford Focus Electric recently received a top vehicle safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Ford’s first ever all-electric passenger vehicle received a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing. This safety performance test is based on the vehicle’s resistance to rollover in combination with its frontal and side-impact crash tests.

The Focus Electric has airbag technologies on the front and side which is designed to protect each individual passenger. The driver’s airbag features a curved tether system that pulls down in the lower section to create a pocket to help protect the driver’s chest and ribs from the impact of the airbag.

In addition to the dual-stage front and the side curtain airbags, security features include AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children), Anti-theft engine immobilizer, and Four-wheel anti-lock braking system.

“As more people shop for electrified vehicles, the Focus Electric now offers both a top vehicle safety rating from NHTSA and a faster-charging technology that allows it to fully recharge in three to four hours,” said Steve Kenner, global director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office.

Friendly Ford isn’t surprised to see surprised to see another Ford added to the list of top-safety rated vehicles.