Australia and New Zealand’s safety advocate - the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) put together a crash test between a 1998 Toyota Corolla and a 2015 Corolla. The result of the this test is perhaps known - the latter will emerge triumphant, but by how far? What happens to the occupants in the 1998 model and the 2015, how far has car safety come? The two cars were crashed with partial-overlap at over 64 kmph.
ANCAP says the point behind getting these two cars from different times to crash was to highlight how the latest in-car technologies help prevent crash related injuries.
The 1998 Corolla had no airbags and it "sustained catastrophic structural failure" and scored 0.40 out of 16. The sensors on the test dummies registered severe head, chest and leg injuries. The 2015 Corolla scored 12.93 out of 16 points, thanks to the airbags as well as the energy absorbing structure.
The crash test signifies a stark contrast between car safety back then and now, and ANCAP CEO James Goodwin wants the results to inspire people to reconsider giving old cars to youngsters and old folks.
“It is unfortunate we tend to see our most at-risk drivers – the young and inexperienced, as well as the elderly and more frail – in the most at-risk vehicles, and we hope this test promotes a conversation to encourage all motorists to consider the safety of their car,” Goodwin said.