The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has decided to perform a rather different crash test than what we’re sued to from the sister research center of the global and Euro NCAP.
The idea was to show how much progress has been made by automakers in a matter of years – and they came up with a very clear video depicting a pair of Toyota Corollas crashing into each other. To highlight their desired idea, one was from 1998 and the other from 2015, with the slightly offset head-to-head collision taking place at just 40 miles per hour. While many of us have seen what happened back in the 1950 and 1960s with crash test dummies, the differences between these “modern” cars are somehow a surprise. In case you’re driving a 20-year old car you better take a seat, because you’re going to take a moment to take in the information.
By the way, the 1998 Toyota Corolla wasn’t deemed unsafe at the moment – it had an A rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration with a four-star frontal impact score. But once it hits the 2015 counterpart, the older Corolla receives severe damage to the passenger compartment, with the wheel pushing into the driver compartment. On the other hand, the 2015 Corolla shows very little damage – just check both A pillars of the vehicles.