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New Ford Ranger raises the bar on safety

The all-new global Ford Ranger is setting new standards in safety with a comprehensive suite of features, such as the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and side curtain airbags.

Ranger’s advanced safety protection begins with a reinforced passenger compartment that utilises high-strength steel throughout. Using multiple load paths in the front, side, and rear of the vehicle, crash forces are directed away from occupants, providing high levels of protection in the event of a collision. This structure, along with Ranger's all-new ladder frame, was optimised to manage the crash energy in a variety of impacts and provide protection for all passengers.

Using computer modelling, engineers assessed more than 9,000 virtual crash tests before any physical prototype vehicle was built. These virtual simulations allowed the engineers to optimise the vehicle structure and safety systems to provide the maximum levels of protection possible in a wide-range of real-world collisions. This technique enabled significantly more crash scenarios to be designed than could ever be tested physically.

“Safety has become increasingly important in the commercial vehicle segment as more people use their vehicle to carry not just goods but also people,”said Dr Mark Fountain, manager of Digital Innovation Attributes, Product Development, Ford Australia. “The all-new Ford Ranger is packed with the latest safety features and technologies aimed at giving customers peace of mind as they drive.”

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