The paper describes the Volkswagen strategy to optimize road safety and crash performance of all its cars, in particular the third generation Golf. More than 30 test types are included in the testing schedule of Volkswagens Safety Research Department. Most of the tests on the Golf III were performed at the higher speed of 35 mph (56.3 km/h). These tests confirmed both the computer-aided predevelopment calculations, and the results of preliminary tests on individual components. The biomechanical tolerance limits of the United States safety standard 208 for head, chest and thighs, are clearly met by the new Golf in a 30 mph frontal impact. Even at collision speeds of 35 mph - corresponding to an increase of about 36% in kinetic energy - the expected degree of injury remains below the tolerance limits. The test results of the frontal impact at 30 mph/35mph, the side impact at 33.5 mph, and the offset crash at 35 mph, underscore the new safety level which has been reached by the Golf III. This level is documented by the strength of the passenger compartment. This provides an intact survival space and the greater possibility to protect the occupants' lives even after more severe accidents. For the covering abstract of the conference see IRRD 864606.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 1248-1255

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  • Accession Number: 00665049
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: ITRD, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 9 1994 12:00AM