Chevy Malibu Thank God They Don't Make Them Like They Used To

Posted by: David Kiley on September 28, 2009

You know the old saying…”They don’t make them like they used to.”

I have said that when it comes to furniture. I have a chair that belonged to my grandmother, and it’s at least fifty years old. I have had it recovered twice because the bones of the chair are so good, and impossible to find duplicated today.

Not so with cars. Sure you can love the look of that Chevy BelAir or Volkswagen Bug at the car collector show, and even long to drive one on the weekends. But looking at this video is a reminder that we have come a long way, especially in crash safety.

Reader Comments

herault

September 29, 2009 7:42 AM

Thanks to Ralph Nader and his GM lawsuit the subject of safety gained significance for DETROIT. He also criticized the old VW BEETLE...another deathtrap.
Safety in cars is now taken for granted. People in small cars generally get less protection although the DAIMLER SMART offers real protection in most crashes.
Its the perdestrians that need more help with so many idiots owning cars.
Driving manners in Britain are appalling because there is no actual enforcement by police ....just cameras collecting fines.
Hopefully Americans drive better!

A. Viirlaid

September 29, 2009 11:47 AM

Yeah, I agree it is good that they are not building cars like they used to.

In fact, it would even be GREAT if I was driving a New Malibu and --- if I absolutely HAD to crash into something --- it would be preferable to crash into an old BelAir.

The demo is even pretty impressive, except for one thing.

But how many old BelAirs are out there?

Are you suggesting we get more of them out on the road so that the drivers of the new cars can all feel safer?

Am I not more likely to be driving a new Malibu and THEN be MORE likely to HIT a new Malibu (or other new car)?

What happens then?

Is not the relevant question "what happens when a new Malibu hits a new Malibu?"

Don Strathmore

September 29, 2009 12:30 PM

Fantastic display of engineering! Tokyo, Detroit or Germany, there are great engineers doing wonderful work that benefits all of us. I am not an engineer, but by golly I respect them. Think about what it takes to build cars like this. It is not simple and yet it is something we should teach our kids to strive for.

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