More On C-Pillars But This One Is Good

In 2013 Nissan showed the Friend-Me at the Beijing Auto Show. This one makes a nice job of the trick C-pillar. Why?

2013 Nissan Friend-Me:
2013 Nissan Friend-Me:

Because it is actually glazed as opposed to being painted. And the graphics and panels are correctly related. I don’t mind this one at all. This is what Nissan says: “Combining striking design with an advanced premium interior, the Friend-Me concept car is a fascinating exploration of how the car of the future may look. Designed using the same process that sparked Nissan’s range of game-changing crossovers, Friend-Me showcases Nissan’s next-generation design language and explores the possibilities of a fully-connected, fully-interactive cabin. Created around the needs and desires of permanently online passengers, Friend-Me integrates passengers into every journey, positioning itself as a hub for information and entertainment.”

One rather wishes they presented this instead of the Pulsar which has some nice aspects but which lacks much by way of visual pizazz.

Author: richard herriott

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

8 thoughts on “More On C-Pillars But This One Is Good”

    1. Oh Dear. Another case of “Looks OK to me – I don’t think the punters will know the difference anyway”.

      Obviously they can’t do much about the proportions of the production model, which will be dictated by the limited platforms available. But the Friend-Me works in part because of the sharp angles used which, in the Lannia are replaced by lazy curves. Those things could certainly have been taken across.

    2. It’s a typical case of “The volumes of this car are a bit bland. Let’s jazz it up with some bumps and waves.”

      And who needs privacy glass if he has a privacy C-pillar? Poor kids.

    3. Well that was a long drive.
      At least the kids were quiet.
      Yes … Oh God, where are they?
      I thought you’d put them in the back.
      I though you had.
      Are you sure they aren’t back there somewhere?
      Maybe they’re in a corner. Got a torch?

  1. Nissan basically copied the C-pillar from the BMW i3 in the new 2015 Murano, but left out the rear lowered top door design originally developed for step-in baths, which was too outre even for the people who brought you the Joke. A peep inside the Murano reveals that bordello style is also not dead if you like rolls of tan beige fake leather, and have never attended an art appreciation lecture bar those celebrating artistes from the Hapsburg Empire.

    Can this type of fluff really be regarded as reasonable design? Or is it merely a desperate attempt at drawing attention to itself?

    It’s a good thing that a tea or coffee mug has to hold liquid, or it would by now have been styled into obliviousness separate from its basic task. A C-Pillar made up mostly of metal excrudescence blocking the rear three-quarter view can hardly be described as good design fit for purpose, regardless of its aesthetics as a static object.

    1. Bill – the coffee cup example raises some good and tricky points. First, there is a huge variation in cup shape. The only physical requirement is that the thing holds liquid. This means the term “functional” leaves a massive amount of room for variation in shape. Second, the cup has one primary task (perhaps) and that’s to hold liquid. The Murano has several tasks among which is to make money for Nissan as well as allow the driver to see out while in motion. Nissan think those forms will help make sales.
      Bearing that in mind, I still dislike these C-pillars. Also it’s not even the worst of them.
      While I don’t share your dislike of beige interiors, I can see the Murano is available in a very beige version. Happily you can get black and grey which hide the shapes of the fittings quite well. The black/dark brown combination looks okay.

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