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Crash test video pits 2009 Chevy Malibu against 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air – guess who wins?

January 26th, 2016 at 9:20 AM
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If a 2009 Chevy Malibu got in a head-on collision with a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air, which car would emerge with the least amount of damage? At first glance, you’d expect an old tank like the Bel Air to obliterate the Malibu, right? But nothing could be further from the truth. 

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As you’ll see in the video below, the Bel Air is destroyed in this dangerous head-on collision that was posted in 2009 on Consumer Reports’s YouTube channel and rediscovered by Kottke.

The light Malibu is much better at absorbing the shock of the impact, and the airbags deploy well ahead of the impact. The passengers will undoubtedly feel a jolt, but they’ll have a much better chance of surviving accidents.

While the recent advances in passenger safety are impressive, cars figure to only get safer in the coming years. In fact, Volvo has said that it wants to make a “death-proof” car by 2020, so the days when human beings suffered fatalities from car accidents on a mass basis may come to an end in the coming decades.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.




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