Malibu Seats & Oscar

There are hard asses and then there’s Oscar, GM’s manikin-like simulation tool that’s made with steel, plastic and aluminum.

There are hard asses and then there’s Oscar, GM’s manikin-like simulation tool that’s made with steel, plastic and aluminum. He—or maybe that’s It—is being used to develop the seats and other interior features for products, including the forthcoming 2013 Malibu.

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Oscar consists of 18 parts and weighs in at about 170 lb. when put together. In terms of leg length, it can be assembled to represent a 50th percentile male (172 lb.) or a 95th percentile male (270 lb.), or even a 5th percentile female (105 lb.). (In case you’re wondering about this percentile stuff: a 95th percentile adult is bigger than 95% of the population.)

About the simulation tool, Malibu seat performance engineer Daniel Cohen said, “We use Oscar much like a builder uses a level to make sure that the building foundation is even. Oscar gives us a solid baseline around which we design and build new vehicles, like the Malibu.”

Solid, indeed.