The all-new Ford Ranger has cemented its position as Europe's safest pick-up after passing Euro NCAP's toughest-ever safety assessment.
Crash test experts regraded the Ranger using a new scoring system introduced for 2012 and the pick-up again achieved the same maximum possible five-star rating it did last year.
The result means the Ranger remains the only five-star rated pick-up on sale. The best-selling Ford Focus also retained its five stars after being re-assessed.
Euro NCAP spokesperson Michiel van Ratingen said: "Our scoring system has been revised to place even greater emphasis on the importance of pedestrian protection. The new Ford Ranger is the only vehicle in its class to achieve the marks we now demand of a five-star safety rated vehicle."
Stuart Southgate, Ford automotive safety director, said: "The 2012 Euro NCAP crash tests are the safety barometer all new cars will be measured against and for Focus and Ranger to achieve five stars again is a great achievement.
"Safety is a core value for Ford Motor Company and we’re delighted that the Ford Ranger and Ford Focus have met and exceeded the highest standards demanded by Euro NCAP," he added.
The Ford Ranger sports pedestrian-friendly features, including an under-bonnet structure that reduces the potential for pedestrian head injuries. The front bumper incorporates energy-absorbing materials designed to further improve safety.
These features enabled the Ranger to set a record-high Euro NCAP score for pedestrian protection.
Read our recent review of the Ford Ranger WildTrak.