Recently we discussed three examples of the glazed C-pillar phenomenon. We listed the Ford Granada, Olds Cutlass and Mitsubishi Lancer. How did we forget the 1987 Toyota Corolla Liftback?
We’d even mentioned it before. This example has been spending quality time under a tree. How long does it take for that green stuff to form? The Liftback is from 1987 and Ford’s similarly styled Granada is from 1985. That places the two designs so close together in time that Toyota can be exonerated from allegations of photocopying. So, where did Ford and Toyota get their inspiration from? This article replaces the intended one about Mahindra finally buying Pininfarina reported here and here and here and here.
Tata have done a good job of looking after Rover and Geely seem to be taking car of Volvo. It strikes me that it would be a bad bet to assume that Mahindra won’t nurture Pininfarina. It is a very good move as Mahindra badly need design expertise. They have the money and Pininfarina has the skill. Come back in a few years to see how that gets on. I don’t expect Pininfarina will do many more projects for non-Mahindra companies of any size. They could perhaps carry on helping smaller brands in theory. But in practice, what brand is small enough not to be worried by association with Mahindra but big enough to write the kinds of cheques Pininfarina want for their drawing talents?