The Ford Mustang’s arrival in New Zealand was exciting for a lot of people. Nearly 1000 have sold since they hit our market in late 2015, making them the highest-selling vehicle before getting an Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) rating.
But the Ford Mustang V8 Fastback, a right-hand-drive muscle car, has now been through that rating system and scored a rare 2-star safety rating. Last year, only 2 vehicles of the 45 to get ANCAP ratings scored less than the maximum 5 stars – both those vehicles got 4 stars. Other Mustang variants sold here are yet to be tested.
AA motoring services general manager Stella Stocks said it was extremely disappointing. “It’s not what we’d expect from Ford or any major vehicle manufacturer today,” Ms Stocks said.
The Mustang sold here and in Australia is different from that sold in the US. The latest model unveiled there has more safety technology and isn’t expected in New Zealand until the end of 2018, Ms Stocks said.
“I’d like to see the next version, with more safety assist and crash prevention technologies, hit our shores sooner rather than later.”
Ford New Zealand communications manager Tom Clancy said the rating was disappointing and the car had done well in testing in the US.
He said the rating had “a very strong focus on family car and SUV safety characteristics and specific safety assist features, which are usually not part of the standard equipment of cars in the Mustang category”.