Don’t I Know You From Somewhere?

It’s one thing to be influential – quite another to be influenced. 

2012 Opel Adam
2012 Opel Adam

Here’s a Driven to Write favourite, the ritzy, petite Opel Adam, or part thereof. And here’s the 2014 Citroen C4 Aircross. It first appeared at the 2012 Geneva motor show.

2014 Citroen C4 Aircross
2014 Citroen C4 Aircross

You’d have to admit that design is very similar to the Opel Adam around the C-pillar. Opel launched the Adam at the 2012 Paris motor show. Did both have the same inspiration?

I had to root around to identify the Citroen. It’s not standing out at the Citroen website, for some reason.

Author: richard herriott

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

9 thoughts on “Don’t I Know You From Somewhere?”

  1. I suspect the inspiration for the above two was the 2008 Lancia (Chrysler) Delta with its floating roof detail, albeit turned upside down to be “different”.

  2. It is a good design-solution for cars with a roof that can be ordered in a different colour.

    So, the Adam is the better version of this design theme. The added chrome strip of the Aircross seems to be there because the car needs to look different to the Mitsubisji ASX – and a bit more expensive.
    Another bad version of this theme can be seen on the Lexus RX.

  3. The first use of the floating roof that I can see in recent memory was Lancia’s now-forgotten, but underrated, 2003 Granturismo Stilnovo concept:

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