In the early 70s Ford dedicated more effort devoted to the problem of safety testing and many more specific crash tests. They also took care of solving pollution problems, with studies on how to reduce gas emissions and on alternative fuels. This Galaxy 500, from the early 70s, the typical American limosine, underlines how Ford looked at the future without losing the traditional models including the elite ones. During the same period The US Ford factories began to produce compact cars like Pinto. In Europe, production increased and models were diversified, including those made in Britain and Germany. Cars like the Escort, also starring in the rallies, and then Capri, Cortina and Fiesta contributed to the spread of the brand. In 1979 came the acquisition of the Japanese Mazda, which joined the Ford group.
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All'inizio degli anni settanta anche la casa statunitense si dedicò con maggiore impegno al problema della sicurezza con test sempre più specifici e molte prove di crash. Non di meno si occupò della risoluzione dei problemi dell'inquinamento, con studi sul modo di ridurre le emissioni di scarico e sui carburanti alternativi. É dei primi anni settanta questa galaxie 500, grande berlina di rappresentanza, tipica limousine americana, a sottolineare come in ford si guardasse al futuro senza mai perdere la tradizione di modelli anche d'elite. Nello stesso periodo anche negli stabilimenti ford degli stati uniti si iniziò a produrre vetture compatte come la pinto. In europa la produzione si incrementò, diversificando i modelli, tra quelli realizzati in Gran Bretagna e germania. Auto come la Escort prima, protagonista anche nei rallies, e poi la Capri, la Cortina e la Fiesta contribuirono alla diffusione del marchio. Nel 1979 giunse l'acquisizione della giapponese Mazda, che entrò così nel gruppo Ford.

Comments

    • George Jacob
      George Jacob

      Erm...where's the crash tests? I only see one!

      about 2 years ago
    • scottthewaterwarrior
      scottthewaterwarrior

      +FindCarAccidentLawyer Volvo was the first to really start focusing on it, though SAAB and Mercedes were always pretty close too.  Ford was normally ahead for American cars, but the Swiss didn't need the government prompting them in order to make their cars safer, heck they made 3-point seat belts standard in 1959!

      about 3 years ago
    • scottthewaterwarrior
      scottthewaterwarrior In reply to scottthewaterwarrior

      +joe Costello Wasn't talking so much about who started testing vehicles first, more on who was leading the way in safety innovations. It still amazes me how long it took to get things like seat belts and reinforced passenger areas to get implemented.

      about 3 years ago
    • MustObeyTheRules
      MustObeyTheRules In reply to scottthewaterwarrior

      Wrong, chevy was the first to start crash testing vehicles to learn about them.

      about 3 years ago
    • El Shuwix
      El Shuwix

      First company that did take passenger safety seriously was Krupp AG

      about 5 years ago
    • FindCarAccidentLawyer
      FindCarAccidentLawyer

      What car company was the first to start really focusing on driver safety?

      about 5 years ago
    • socalltd
      socalltd

      that is true. don't know why the narrator says Galaxie 500 and show a LTD. custom was the base model for many years first then the galaxie, LTD, brougham and later landau models in the full size line till 78. 74 was the last year for the galaxie 500.

      about 5 years ago
    • Cw Tbird
      Cw Tbird

      Actually the galaxie 500 was the lesser equpped ltd up till about 1975.

      about 5 years ago
    • socalltd
      socalltd

      i would like to point out that the 73 ford in this clip is a LTD not a galaxie 500. the other is a 73 thunderbird. there were no thunderbird or LTD limousine made.

      about 6 years ago