Monovolume and estate cars tend to alarm designers.
In Britain such vehicles are habitually likened to “breadvans” even though nobody has seen a breadvan in about four decades. One way to try to disguise the actual profile of the car is to play about with the graphics of the windows and create a false reverse-rake C-pillar. To my knowledge the first to try this was Honda who deployed it on a supermini concept car in the early 90s. I have not been able to find this but someone at Toyota saw it and used it on the Toyota Picnic.
In 1997 Mercedes used the stratagem on the A-class which we all know and love. Peugeot rather spoiled what could have been a nice estate car when the 407 got the reverse c-treatment (along with two other Peugeots of the same period). In the same year Kia pasted some c-pillar fakery onto the Ceed estate (which is a memorably forgettable vehicle). Ford’s Ecosport completes the tour to show a related ruse – though it’s not a very convincing example – rather it shows the effect of making the rear glass look as if it wraps around to the sides.
In all of these cars we see a mismatch between the body apertures and the graphics. I think all of these cars, barring the Picnic would have been better if the rear glass stayed inside the line defined by the rear tailgate aperture. Although not so screamingly wrong as external wood applique, the reverse rake C-pillar is well beyond the boundaries established by the car designer’s artistic license.
Here are two real reverse rake c-pillars: the 1959 Ford Anglia and 1963 Mercury Monterey.
If anyone can think of the Honda in question, we will all be wiser.