New Euro-Ford CUV Scores Highest for Safety
Ford's new-in-Europe Kuga compact crossover has achieved the best combination of crash test star ratings, placing the car at the top of the Euro NCAP small SUV group. The Euro-Focus-based Kuga scored the maximum five stars for adult occupant protection, four stars for child occupant protection and three stars for pedestrian protection. (Only a few other SUVs have been deemed relatively pedestrian-friendly. The BMW X3 for instance scored only one star). And no other SUV, large or small, has achieved a total of so many stars in the various categories. How did they do it? Technical gobbledygook alert… The credit goes to Ford's intelligent protection system (IPS) which "combin(es) a body structure optimised for strength and crashworthiness with restraint equipment," and high strength steels "for a very rigid, yet lightweight passenger safety cell." The high pedestrian protection score was achieved through the use of soft bumper material, a special energy absorber between the bumper and the front panel and radiator, breakaway headlights, front wings manufactured from recycled plastic and a carefully shaped hood. Best of all: the Kuga is reported to be a pretty good drive. Review to follow.
When the Escape is completely revamped, it will basically become the American version of the Kuga, if insiders posting on Ford sites are to be believed.
rodster205, For some reason, I doubt that the Escape will be "revamped" as the Kuga -- since the cars do not share platforms (C-1 v. CD2). The Kuga should replace entirely the ancient CD2 platform here in the U.S.
Ford Europe are making some damn sharp cars (I love the Focus Cabriolet). I just don't know why they don't pick up the plans and give them to their Mexican plants. It'd be a start. Incidentally, why is Mark Fields being touted as Ford's next CEO, when Lewis Booth of Ford Europe is performing considerably better?