Don't believe me? Then check out how a classic 1959 Bel Air and a modern 2009 Malibu hold up against each other in a traditional frontal off-set crash test.
This real world collision test was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety...
"It was night and day, the difference in occupant protection," says Institute president Adrian Lund. "What this test shows is that automakers don't build cars like they used to. They build them better."
The crash test was conducted at an event to celebrate the contributions of auto insurers to highway safety progress over 50 years. Beginning with the Institute's 1959 founding, insurers have maintained the resolve, articulated in the 1950s, to "conduct, sponsor, and encourage programs designed to aid in the conservation and preservation of life and property from the hazards of highway accidents."