To demonstrate the evolution of automotive technology, IIHS gave ABC News exclusive access to a head-on collision test between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu on Wednesday at a center outside of Charlottesville, Va. The automobiles were among the best-selling models produced by Chevrolet in the late '50s and 2009 respectively.
Warning this contains a graphic video of a classic car being totaled.
Questions, comments, observations:
Was the Bel Air in like new condition as if it were less than a year old? Was there 50 years of stress cracks on the spot welds holding the body together? How many hundred thousand miles on the odometer? Were the body panels full of rust with a fresh coat of bondo and paint over the top to make it look nice? Had the car been taken apart and poorly plug welded back together?
How carefully was the choice of collision type, and how would the modern car fare in a centered head on collision, when that big V8 engine came through the front and ended up squarely in the center of the Malibu front seats.
Who says crumple zones are a new development, look at that crumple zone!
Big, heavy American cars are supposed to be so safe...
5.8 million crashes annually, but attrition of crashes and wear and tear have had such a negligible affect on thinning the number of old cars that pollute the most... The mantra of the environmental extremists who want to divert attention away from their new SUVs and onto those other people, over there, far away from upscale suburban neighborhoods, those dirty people who drive those dirty cars...
But wait, if we create new technologies to prevent crashes, thereby keeping cars on the road longer, 50 years from now, when cars are powered by water, or hydrogen, or happy thoughts and fairy dust, there will be an even greater number of 2009 vintage automobiles left on the road. And by that time, those 2009 vintage cars will be the greatest polluters...
Seems counterproductive from a societal engineering standpoint. Perhaps they should be making cars more dangerous, in order to get them destroyed more quickly, and increase fatalities, in order to thin out the population, and decrease the numbers of those evil people who drive.