AUSTRALASIA’S independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, has today released a 3-star ANCAP safety rating for revised 2018 Ford Mustang models following a specification upgrade to improve its safety performance.
Following the publication of a 2-star ANCAP safety rating for the Ford Mustang in January 2017, Ford has revised the specification of its Mustang for the right-hand-drive Australian and New Zealand markets, resulting in an upgrade to 3-stars.
“Improvements have been made to the Mustang’s Safety Assist features as well as tuning to restraint systems,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, Mr James Goodwin.
Ford has added, as standard, autonomous emergency braking with three settings, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and lane keep assist.
These changes see an increased Safety Assist score of 61% – improved from an original 16%, and an increased Pedestrian Protection score – rising from 64% to 78%.
“Structurally however, the revised Ford Mustang is identical to the Mustang we originally rated, meaning it still falls short of our expectations in the areas of Adult Occupant and Child Occupant Protection.”
“The inclusion of driver assistance aids such as AEB and lane keep assist is a definite step in the right direction, yet these upgrades have neglected to address the injury risk posed to rear seat occupants as well as whiplash protection,” Mr Goodwin said.
The previous 2-star ANCAP safety rating seems to have had little to no impact on the sales of the Mustang, with the existing model dominating the sports car market, with ongoing strong sales.
The revised 2018 Ford Mustang enters Australian and New Zealand markets 12 months after revised left-hand-drive models were made available for the European market.
The 3-star ANCAP safety rating applies to Fastback (V8 and EcoBoost coupe) variants built from December 2017. Fastback variants sold from December 2015 through to those built in December 2017 hold a 2-star ANCAP safety rating. Other variants are unrated.
Lovers of the Mustang will no doubt continue to ignore the safety ratings provided by ANCAP, and with the addition of a third star, Ford Australia will likely be expecting further growth in sales.