Recently we returned to the theme of A-pillars.
I went hunting for the ones where the door panel and A-pillar share a surface. It means a shutline runs down the “visual” A-pillar which is itself continuous with the cant rail. It didn’t stop there… I found these three interesting ways to divide the bodyside. Above: note the door’s top edge cuts into the visual A-pillar. The actual A-pillar is partially exposed and part covered. Neatly, there is no need for a pressing to extend from the edge of the roof down to the sills.
You might not like the Juke. I think it’s great fun. Look at that surface expression. What is hard to avoid conceding is that the panel break-up is rather clever, especially at the rear (the Murano also had a clever trope). Look at the panel with the fuel filler cap. It is bounded by the door so, again, a smaller pressing can extend from the A-pillar to the rear arch and no further. Nasty welds can be hidden under the door.
When does the pursuit of smaller pressings become a problem? When you notice immediately how many there are and the small pressings require more panel gaps. I count five panels on the Beetle and the least satisfactory is the one under the A-pillar where you’ll see a little triangular gap. The Juke has four panels and the thrifty Peugeot four as well but one is a sliver.