Joust of the ages - who will win?
1959 Chevy Bel Air vs. 2009 Chevy Malibu - vote and see the results
Vote first and see the results of this mash up or should I say "crash up"
First we will look at the contestants, give you a little background, and then you get a chance to vote before seeing the results. Enjoy!
The joust of the ages - who will win?
The big beautiful cars of yesteryear had less "plastic" and were heavier, more rigid and strong. How does this play in safety for the driver and its passengers? Today we take a look back at two cars that went face to face to find the answer to this question.
The first contender - 1959 Chevy Bel Air
First we take a look at the 1959 Chevy Bel Air.
The '59 Bel Air has a pretty solid design and is approximately 17 1/2 feet long. It has a wide wheelbase and a "super-rigid, X-built Safety-Girder frame". This certainly looks like a force to be reckoned with!
The challenger - The 2009 Chevy Malibu
The next contender hails from Kansas City, Kansas and Orion Township, Michigan. It is the 2009 Chevy Malibu. At 15 feet 11.8 inches, it is slightly shorter than its opponent. This 7th generation vehicle is also a lot lighter.
You can see the difference in the importance of safety, just by looking at the owner's manual. The first 74 pages of the Malibu's owner's manual is all about seat belts and airbag systems.
Round 1 - "Fight"
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses - deaths, injuries and property damage - from motor vehicle crashes.