Last autumn, the first tests were done with a rail running Suzuki Swift. Suzuki has now provided a brand new Grand Vitara. In this case, damage occurred in the B-post by driving a large passenger car on the track into the side of a stationary Grand Vitara. The tests were done in cooperation with Suzuki Motor Corp in Hamamatsu, Japan.
The manager of the Method department, Lars-Erik Philipsson is very pleased with the result. "This will increase our possibilities of testing and developing our products and methods in a quick and proper way," explained Philipsson. "We can control the demolition and must not wait for a car of a new model to crash in reality to get the data for our development."
This is an important step to prove that crashed cars are as safe as new ones after a large structural damage repair. The crash track will not be used to evaluate the crash safety of cars but only to create realistic damages of new and repaired vehicles.
Car-O-Liner's head of R&D, Kent Palmgren stated that "we have always had a considerable method and product development at Car-O-Liner. With the inception of the crash track, these processes can become even more efficient."