September 16th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Ford has revealed the first photos and details of its upcoming FG Falcon MkII range this week ahead of it reaching NZ showrooms late this year.
The updated Falcon brings new technologies, an enhanced safety package, new exterior design appointments and the first global application of EcoBoost engine technology in a rear-wheel drive vehicle. It also heralds in the debut of Ford’s global 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ecoboost petrol engine which will be offered in the FG Falcon from next year.
The MkII Falcon will showcase some of Ford’s latest tech like a new 8.0-inch colour touch screen and integrated audio, phone and navigation functions and a more comprehensive occupant protection package.
“The improvements made to the award-winning Falcon range with the introduction of FG Falcon MkII have made a great car even better,” Ford New Zealand Marketing Manager, Chris Masterson said. “FG Falcon MkII builds on the success of the FG Falcon program, as well as the recently released new Territory range, by offering New Zealanders more equipment and the latest technology innovations, while continuing to deliver outstanding performance, fuel efficiency, refinement and safety.” Continue reading “Ford drops details and photos of Falcon FG MkII” »
August 14th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham
Ford’s all-new FG Falcon has become the first Australian-built car to receive a five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP)
The petrol FG Falcon sedan range was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating with a total score of 34.6 points (out of a possible 37 points), giving it the highest score ever recorded by an Australian produced vehicle.
The FG Falcon’s five-star score places it in the top seven per cent of all published ANCAP results, as well as in the top 24 per cent of published ANCAP five-star results.
It also positions the FG Falcon at the forefront of vehicle safety, with the recently released all-new model generating a higher point score than many significantly higher-priced, premium European vehicles including the Volvo V70, Audi A6, Volkwagen Passat and Mercedes-Benz E-class 220 CDi which have established reputations for world-class safety.
“The FG Falcon’s five-star ANCAP rating cements Ford’s long standing reputation for safety leadership,” says Richard Matheson, Managing Director Ford New Zealand.
“Safety is paramount in vehicle development at Ford. The FG Falcon has been designed to deliver real-world safety benefits for our customers and we now have a resounding third party endorsement showing just how safe the all-new FG Falcon really is.”
More than 38 different vehicle crash modes were investigated by Ford during the course of the FG Falcon’s development, with 426 full vehicle-representative physical crash tests and more than 5,000 state-of-the-art simulated crash tests completed.
The petrol FG Falcon sedan scored maximum points in two of the three physical crash tests performed by ANCAP, setting a new standard in vehicle safety for a locally-manufactured family car, with its world-class body structure and comprehensive suite of active and passive safety features.
The FG-series Ford Falcon and FPV range are available in New Zealand now.
Check out ANCAP raings here.