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Crash test footage: They don’t make them like they used to!

Here’s a couple of YouTube clips that prove beyond any doubt that they don’t make cars like they used to.

While it may be feeble to compare two different crash tests filmed over with cars built 20 years apart (first clip an early 1980s Holden VB Commodore, second a Volkswagen Mk5 Jetta), the results shown are both shocking and confronting. In isolation, the second clip itself is still quite alarming, but comparatively, it is rather more reassuring.

3 replies on “Crash test footage: They don’t make them like they used to!”

I’m gonna be difficult and point out a few things:

The test with the Commodore was filmed in the recent past, given the Crashlab didn’t exist 20 years ago and the RTA logo wasn’t like that back then either (in fact it was the DMR in the 70/80’s wasn’t it?)

The story also goes that the Commodore was a cut and shut and the RTA produced the video to show the dangers of not checking out second hand cars for accident damage when buying them etc etc etc

Sorry to rain on your parade man 🙂

Yeah, now that you mention it, that all makes sense. You’re not being difficult either, just keeping me on my toes. 😉

Mind, it’s also hard to see how a car could have been released for sale that performed that poorly in crash testing, even if it was 20+ years ago.

The cut and shut theory also marries in with a story Fifth Gear ran a season or two back where they did the a similar thing by crashing a late model Focus, which had been poorly repaired, head on into another Focus, same model and in well kept condition. Of course, the poorly repaired car had significantly more damage to the passenger cell zone.

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