Australia and New Zealand's independent vehicle safety advocate - the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) performed a head-on crash collision between a 1998 Toyota Corolla and a 2015 Corolla.
The crash test dummy in the 2015 Corolla seems to be well protected in a cushion of airbags as the car's front structure seems to have absorbed the impact, reducing intrusion into the cabin.
As for the 1998 Corolla, the front end collapsed upon impact without preventing significant intrusion into the cabin. The crash test dummy's head struck both the steering wheel and the dashboard, while the seat collapsed.
"The person in this probably wouldn't survive," says AA Motoring Services General Manager Stella Stocks.
While the 1998 Corolla had no airbags and it "sustained catastrophic structural failure" had scored 0.40 out of 16, the 2015 model scored 12.93 out of 16 points, all thanks to the airbags as well as the energy absorbing structure.
The test implies a harsh contrast between car safety back then and now, and ANCAP CEO James Goodwin wants the results to inspire people to rethink giving old cars to youngsters and old folks.
"It is unfortunate we tend to see our most at-risk drivers - the young and inexperienced, as well as the elderly and more frail - in the most at-risk vehicles, and we hope this test promotes a conversation to encourage all motorists to consider the safety of their car," Goodwin said.