Watch a Smart Fortwo Crash Into a Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The 2016 Smart Fortwo comes in at just 2,478 pounds, so how well does it survive when crashed against a Mercedes-Benz S-Class that weighs over twice as much? To test out the safety of its redesigned microcar, Mercedes-Benz pitted the two cars against each other in a head-on collision at 31 mph. Parts went flying, but the passenger compartment in the Smart vehicle remained intact after the crash. According to Smart, the force on the occupants was "significantly lower" than biomechanical limits, meaning that the driver and passenger can actually survive in this situation. Even the previous-generation Fortwo was considered to have good safety ratings for its class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2014 ForTwo "Good" in moderate overlap front crashes, side crashes, and roof strength tests. It earned a score of "Acceptable" in head restraints and seat tests. For 2016, Smart has improved the Fortwo's tridion safety cell thanks to ultra-high-strength steel with multiphase steel. The model also includes a thicker structure that runs along the C-pillar. The new Fortwo goes on sale in the U.S. during fall of 2015. Make sure and check out the video below to see how the Smart car performs. Source: Daimler AG
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