The massively popular Ford Mustang GT V8 Fastback coupe has received a disastrous two-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), based on testing conducted by sister organisation Euro NCAP, and more than a year after its local launch.
In response, a disappointed Ford defended the Mustang’s very sub-par safety performance across an array of procedures, while promising to add autonomous emergency braking and a lane-keeping aid to new cars from 2018. Given the fact the Mustang managed around 6208 sales in 2016, triple its nearest rival, the impact to buyers could be significant. Two stars is one of the lowest ratings in ANCAP’s history, though this week’s result stems from new, more stringent testing criteria than many other vehicles tested in earlier years.
ANCAP’s report, released yesterday, awarded the American-made Mustang (only the GT coupe) a woeful 32 per cent for child occupant protection and just 16 per cent for safety assist technologies, the latter of which is much more heavily scrutinised now than it was a few years ago. The Pony also managed an ordinary 72 per cent for adult occupant protection (equivalent to a four-star outcome) and 64 per cent for pedestrian protection.