Allianzâs parent company, Allianz SE, has selected Ford as the winner of the 2012 Allianz Genius Safety Prize, which rewards automotive manufacturers and suppliers for outstanding commitments and technological developments to improve road safety.
Now in its 7th year, the Allianz Center for Technology (AZT) awarded Ford with the prize, in honour of its commitment to road safety and its Focus model which offers the most economic and comprehensive driver assistance systems within the compact car category.
Allianz is the only insurer to award a road safety prize and on June 4 at the âAuto Mobil Internationalâ Trade Fair inLeipzig, Karsten Crede, CEO of Allianz Global Automotive awarded the 2012 Allianz Genius Safety Prize to Caspar Dirk Hohage, member of the management board of Ford-Werke GmbH.
“After seat belts, driver assistance systems are the most important lifesavers”, says Karsten Crede, CEO of Allianz Global Automotive.
He added: “This year’s winner of the Allianz Genius Safety Prize has made the new driver safety systems available to a wide range of buyers by offering various feature bundles for the Ford Focus – the first time such packages have been offered in the compact car category. This will promote the increased use of these systems and will improve the safety of our roads.”
Caspar Dirk Hohage, a member of the management board of Ford-Werke GmbH, comments: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Allianz Genius Safety Prize. We don’t just want to be part of things, we want to lead the field in terms of safety, innovative technology, quality and sustainability. The Allianz Genius Safety Prize confirms and underscores our commitment.”