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To pass the new test, it looks like the manufactures need to make the passenger compartment structure into a roll cages. To not increase the weight, I am betting the steel will have to change from the usual mild to high strength. It also looks like the upper fender crumple zone could be used to deflect the car along the side of the barrier instead of absorbing the impact.

The more I look at the new Mazda CX-5, structure and see these tests, the more I agree with Mazda's decision to use more high strength steel.

Subaru has a unique advantage in developing for this test. Since the motor sits lower, this would allow for the crumple zone structure to be placed on top of the motor.
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