Theme: Shutlines – Not Quite There Yet

The 2000-2004 Toyota Yaris Verso’s A-pillar is not quite tidied up, as if they lacked time for one more iteration during the modelling process.


The mirror sail panel is abutting the door-shut slightly and the A-pillar ends with an irregular looking outline. The doorshutline ought to have enclosed the mirror panel, perhaps. The rest of the car is equally unruly.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

10 thoughts on “Theme: Shutlines – Not Quite There Yet”

  1. I admit to coming close to buying one of these when new. We wanted a practical city runaround for work, and it seemed attractive (as a package I mean, not to look at). There were nice features such as a boot light that was removable to become a torch, but it was all a bit too flimsy. I passed a Verso on the motorway in my Cube on Saturday and compared the two of them in my mind. In many respects they are similar, appearing to offer both practicality and style, but not thoroughly delivering. In the end we bought a Kangoo for work, and that was a far wiser choice. Have we found the original of the cleaved A pillar here, or is there something earlier?

  2. There are earlier split A-pillars. It emerged in the 90s when doors began creeping over to the top of the roof. This design is so desperately in need of a nudge. Some mirror sails sprawl flamboyantly across the door shutline. Others keep well inside it. This one is so indecisive.

  3. There are many cases where you can see a designer’s pure intentions, and the fact that they were foiled by a production engineer’s practical considerations. For instance it’s conceivable that the Verso pillar split was supposed to dip down directly into the vertical shutline, with the leading edge of the mirror housing also stopping at that point. But then the engineer pointed out the difficulty of stamping that sharp angled pointy piece of metal at the base of the pillar, so it got moved 15mm back. At that the designer just shrugged and put up with it but, in fact, it so spoils the effect that they should have started again. Or better still, they should be well enough versed in production engineering to sort out such problems beforehand.

    1. Isn´t odd to leave the body-coloured bit of the door “hanging” there? I would like it to join up with the rest of the door below.

  4. It’s a compromised answer of the ‘if I was going there I wouldn’t start from here’ sort.

    If you upload the image, go to edit then copy and paste the URL into your comment.

    1. In detail and as a whole, the Verso is a messy dinner, no? Quite agree. Nonetheless, I felt this little detail stood out in the sea of wrong.

  5. How about something like this with more realism. I have not spent any time with curvature continuity or parallelism. It takes one minute to devise solution and it could take the affected stakeholders weeks to sort it all out. Specifically, the location of that doorline is a function of the line that defines the common shape of in the interior and exterior elements. I imagine that messing with this is not popular.

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