Originally Posted by Artikbot
EuroNCAP is a global leader in automobilistic security. It's american styled cars the ones that usually fail in security over here,
Mostly because they are so large and heavy, that they completely destroy themselves from their own inertia.
A. Any crash test is going to be weighted towards the most common types of impacts encountered by an average car in whatever jurisdiction that test covers. Hence, American cars are bigger and any imported car needs to be able to keep their drivers alive in a crash on American roads. Cars like the Smart, whatever the (legitimate or not) claims of safety, are considered death traps by the average American driver, to the point that they never leave used car dealerships once traded in. In Europe, cars like the Smart are pretty much the norm.
B. Actually, American cars are deliberately designed to do that. The frames have what are called crumple zones which progressively bleed off kinetic energy along the entirety of the frame as they collapse, which drastically reduces kinetic energy delivered to the occupants. Although, believe it or not, the Gumpert Apollo is pretty much the ultimate expression of the design concept and that's a European car.