Glazed C-pillars From the ’80s

We are a responsive site here. The debate on C-pillars is raging and to help fuel the blaze I ask you to consider the 1986 Ford Granada, the 1988 Olds Cutlass Supreme and the 1990 Mitsubishi Lancer. 

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The Mitsubishi took the most time to find. It was also known as the Mirage in some markets. The Lancer is obviously a car which had very little impact, like most Mitsubishis, I suppose. They were quite common in Ireland in the 1990s. Continue reading “Glazed C-pillars From the ’80s”

2015 Mazda CX-3 and Its C-pillar

A reader suggested the Mazda CX-3 as being a good example of the phenomenon of the blacked-out C-pillar. 

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Here is the original followed by my hasty remodelling of the car. The way I see it, the c-pillar of the actual car is just painted black. This is what Citroen does on cars such as the C1. The next step is to Continue reading “2015 Mazda CX-3 and Its C-pillar”

That Was the Future: GeoMechanical Style

Around the year 2000 there was a wave of concept cars that had geometrical themes. These stood out among a sea of concept cars that today, 15 years later, merely look concepty.

2000 Mitsubishi SSS concept car:
2000 Mitsubishi SSS concept car:

The geomechanical look cropped up on Japanese and American cars more than European ones. Only the Renault Modus van fits the theme and even then that might be because it’s a van.

What characterises the geo-mechanical look is that the main elements are not blended together; there are flat or flattish surfaces and quite small radii. The graphic elements of the windows and lights tend to be treated in such a way as to be sharp.

It’s safe to say the Mitsubishi SSS is not among the most talked-about concept cars. At this distance the reason it ended up going nowhere are also the reasons it looks intriguing today. Notice the way the lamps are submerged into dominant horizontal lines. The stated aim to Continue reading “That Was the Future: GeoMechanical Style”