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Mustang falls short in safety rating

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/01/2017 Sean Martin

It's a car that captures the imagination of enthusiasts, but the Ford Mustang has been handed a less than enviable safety rating.

Almost 1000 Mustangs have been sold since the New Zealand launch of the all-American muscle car in late 2015.

However, the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme has given the Ford Mustang V8 Fastback a two-star ANCAP safety rating, well below the five-star maximum.

Other Mustang variants have yet to be rated.

AA motoring services general manager Stella Stocks says she can relate to the appeal that the Mustang range has in the market.

But the Fastback's safety rating is "extremely disappointing".

"It's not what we'd expect from Ford or any major vehicle manufacturer today, especially when ANCAP testing protocols are well known by all car makers," she said.

The Fastback performed poorly across three of the four assessment areas, particularly for lack of safety assist technology.

Ms Stocks said it was important to note that the Mustang sold in Australasian markets and Europe was a different specification from the vehicles available in the United States.

The US models included forward collision warning, for example, which was not available in New Zealand.

She said vehicle manufacturers should ensure New Zealanders had access to the highest specification models made available elsewhere in the world.

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