The all-new Ford Kuga is the latest Ford vehicle to gain the German
TUV Rheinland Group's "Allergy Tested Interior" Seal of Approval.
The stylish and charismatic Kuga is the seventh Ford model to receive
the certificate, joining the Ka, Focus (including the Coupé-Cabriolet),
C-MAX, S-MAX, Galaxy and Mondeo. Ford vehicles are the first in the
world to have passed these stringent TÜV standards. The Kuga goes on
sale this summer.
"An increasing number of consumers want allergy-friendly products. We
regard it as our responsibility to meet that requirement by offering
vehicles that address the growing concerns about allergies," said Dr
Wolfgang Schneider, Vice President, Governmental and Environmental
Affairs, Ford of Europe.
"For that reason, we are very proud that the new Kuga crossover has
joined the expanding list of Ford models to have received the TÜV
organization's "Allergy Tested Interior" Seal of Approval," he added.
The TÜV certification assures that a car's interior materials have been
selected to minimise the allergy risk to the lowest possible level. The
TÜV is an independent, authoritative German testing and assessment
organisation that controls and certifies quality standards for
industrial and consumer products.
An extensive series of scientifically verifiable tests was carried out
on the new Kuga, in accordance with strict TÜV examination procedures.
More than 100 materials and components were tested for harmful
substances and allergy-causing potential. In addition, all components
likely to have direct and prolonged skin contact, such as the steering
wheel and seat covers, floor mats and seat belts, were
To achieve certification standards, Ford development engineers working
on the Kuga interior avoided using - or reduced to a minimum –
materials such as latex, chrome and nickel, which can provoke allergic
reactions in some people.
Additionally, the Kuga is equipped with a high-performance pollen
filter, which was also tested by the TÜV. The filter effectively
prevents pollen – a particular concern for allergy sufferers – from
entering the vehicle’s interior.
The Kuga is Ford of Europe's first entry into the highly competitive
crossover market and has been engineered for class-leading on-road
driving dynamics and surprising off-road capabilities. The model's
allergy-tested interior provides yet another attraction for potential