C-pillars, C-pillars, C-pillars

Car and Driver published a spy shot of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. It has a zany C-pillar. 

2017 Chevrolet Bolt spy shot: carandriver.com
2017 Chevrolet Bolt spy shot: carandriver.com

It’s hard to tell if this is one of the good ones. Plainly, to my eyes, this feature has become a cliché very quickly. You can view the full spy shot image at the Car and Driver website and we recommend you do because it’s a good magazine.

2015 BMW i3: www.bmwedison.com
2015 BMW i3: http://www.bmwedison.com

Both the BMW and the Chevrolet also have a painted stripe ahead of the A-pillar. Graphics these days are getting out of control, aren’t they?

Author: richard herriott

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

6 thoughts on “C-pillars, C-pillars, C-pillars”

    1. Ah, the BX, the quintessential 80’s French car. I see them quite often at Classic Shows these days and wish I’d had one – Mk1 preferably I think.

      To Richard’s point, yes, generally speaking, graphics have taken a turn towards OTT, but it has been that way for a while now. Simple, unadorned surfacing is deemed too plain these days. I associate this trend with the diminished number of new cars that I would call graceful or elegant. In fact, I can’t think of any new car on sale that fits that bill today, save – perhaps – for that new Lagonda that Aston Martin has produced, or the Rapide?

    2. It seems a bit of a stretch. This current taste fake fenestration and contrived C-pillars is a bit different: the glazing seems to flow from side to back. On Gandini’s car the tailgate gets in the way, so to speak.

    3. I don’t agree Richard. I think both are there for the same reason, to break up the supposed desert of the painted A pillar. I always found the BX treatment too fussy – it would look better if there wasn’t the roof to pillar join line above it. It was also expensive, since it included a window, and I preferred the plain C pillar on cheaper versions.

  1. My first look at the i3, and the thought that came into my mind was a modified line from an old Beatles song: “I had a dream last night oh boy”. Must have been a real bender the evening before. Disassociatively so, from which the stylist did not make an early recovery in his subsequent months at work.

    He then had to hypnotize the Board of Directors to get the thing into production.

    I have it on good authority that he is a direct descendant of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and is especially fond of the German translations of Lewis Carroll.

    1. Car design has form on wierd C-pillars. This evening I was reading Curbside Classic and one of the articles discussed the period when US cars were most visually distinct, the mid-70s when there was a vogue for really upright back windows. I can’t remember who started it but it became widespread very quickly.

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