If you're waiting for the release of the all new Ford Ranger, then here's another reason to get excited.

The all-new Ford Ranger has made motoring history by becoming the first ever pickup to achieve a maximum 5 Star rating under the Euro NCAP crash test protocol.

The Ranger scored 89 percent for overall safety - the best score ever earned by a pick up and one of the highest scores recorded by Euro NCAP for any type of vehicle. Moreover, the new Ranger achieved the highest rating of any vehicle ever tested by Euro NCAP for pedestrian protection 81 percent.

"Vehicle safety is a core value at Ford Motor Company and these independent test results confirm that not only is Ranger the highest rated vehicle in its class, it is also one of the highest rated vehicles ever assessed by Euro NCAP," said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. "No one wants to be involved in an accident but if the worst were to happen, the new Ranger is proven to provide outstanding protection to occupants of all ages as well as pedestrians."

Euro NCAP's assessors described Ranger's test results as "remarkable," with "impressive" scores in all areas.

"With such good pedestrian protection, the Ford Ranger is undoubtedly raising the bar of safety in the category of pickup trucks, which had until now not proven to be the safest," commented Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general.

The all new Ford Ranger is set for its Philippine debut in mid December 2011.