Horror Vacui: More C-pillar Madness

Evidently the C-pillar invites useless decoration. Here are four examples of the meaningless groove.

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The first one is the 2005 Mercedes ML-class which was the first one I noticed. The aim is evidently to lead the eye from one place to another, and to draw one’s attention to the felicitous alignment of shapes. We have discussed the 2004 Ssang Yong Rodius before: the aim is hard to fathom as it gets in the way of understanding that the rear graphics are supposed to recall the essence of a luxury yacht.

More recently (seen within days of each other) I present two more. One is on the current Kia Ceed and the other on the Renault Captur. The Captur’s groove is there for the same reason as the Mercedes: we are thought to be too slow-witted to see the way the edges of the side glass and rear black filler gadget are so beautifully in accord. Seen in the context of the others here, the Kia’s groove is the hardest to fathom. It connects nothing that seems to want to be joined up: a bend in the window frame and a pointy wedge of plastic.

Isn’t the conceptual similarity of the Mercedes and Ssang Yong quite remarkable?

[The text was amended Jan 17 2016 at 20.42 to correct the model of Renault; it was a Captur and not a Clio as stated.]

Author: richard herriott

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

2 thoughts on “Horror Vacui: More C-pillar Madness”

  1. The Renault you show is the Captur, not the Clio. It is often seen in two-tone livery, with roof and mirrors in a contrasting colour. The groove is where the colour changes. That makes some sense for me, although in a single-coloured car it looks superfluous and ugly.

    The Mercedes seems to suggest an underlying notchback shape, and despite its presence being debatable, I find it quite nicely executed. It’s by far the best-looking of all ML generations.

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