I wonder how a 50 year old car would perform in these tests, one of the big cars that everyone calls a "tank". I assume they'd not do well in most tests.
Video cars are labeled as 2016's.
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RE '50-yr old cars (1969s) : I expect a few here will think of / reference the 1959 Impala vs. 2009 Malibu crash test. I have thought/analyzed that video thoroughly, and being heavily involved in that era of American cars, I think the video is flawed. Not in how it was performed, but in that they used a notoriously-known & deficient X-frame car. On top of that; Chevy's version of the X-frame, which was unquestionably built to a price point (this, in an era when Chevy could only afford dies to stamp 2- and 3-piece bumpers due to budgetary reasons). Pontiac also used an X-frame in that period, but it was build notably stronger, continuously welded along it's seams & reinforced vs. the Chevy. BTW- the very next year Chevy added side rails to the X.
Now- would that change the outcome greatly? Hard to say "greatly'- just don't know. But it can't have had no effect. Just wanted to point out the '59 Chevy would've been the worst example to pick to see how a 50-yr old car (as of 2009) performs in an off-set head-on crash test.
The old Mercedes frame just doesn’t perform well, neither does the Mustang get good ratings.. however , acceptable, seems like Chevrolet needs to improve its roof strength, all in all, avoid the Challenger, pay a little more for the Chevrolet or Ford.
#1 Lesson: DO NOT CRASH!
#2: They ruined a lovely purple Challenger. They could've given that car to me!
They are called 'accidents'..
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Dodge Charger and Challenger never shared a platform with any Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The original Chrysler LX platform introduced in 2004 was developed by Chrysler in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Even though the company was part of DaimlerChrysler AG at the time, design and engineering of the LX cars invoked only minimal reliance on the Mercedes-Benz parts bin. Shared items were limited to wiring harnesses, steering column, ESP system, axles/rear diff, 5-speed automatic transmission for V8 models, and some seating components. Also, the LX suspension design had some similarity to the Mercedes-Benz W220 (front) and W211 (rear), but the roll center and track configurations were unique to Chrysler.
The current LA platform Challenger (introduced for MY 2015) uses a new rear suspension, steering column, seating components, wiring harnesses, etc., and the Daimler sourced 5-speed automatic from the was replaced with ZF 8HP. The car is not related to any Mercedes-Benz model past or present.
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