This post is something of a ragbag and it’s missing one photo.
A Maserati Ghibli pulled up next to me at traffic lights yesterday. As ever, I checked out the brightwork around the sideglass. Much to my amazement, Maserati opted for two pieces, instead of one, around the rearmost pane. For the kind of money Maserati want, I’d expect one single part. Opel and Kia can do it.
What’s this got to do with the Rapide? It’s another brightwork matter.
I ask myself if this could have and should have been done as one piece. It probably would have appeared no less sharp had it been done as one. If the absent Ghibli should have this one-piece solution then for the kind of money AM want, it is mandatory; the option of having no chrome upper (the base and DL models) isn’t an excuse for having two parts, in my book.
This is the humble Nissan Qashqai DLO brightwork (above). The part runs from the door shutline and stops at same. It’s as big a part as that on the Ghibli.
Credit to Mazda, the join is not visible unless you’re hunting for it.
… but it’s there and not very neatly alligned. There might be a superior type of clip used elsewhere on the car to compensate, for example, but we can’t see it.
Renault (above) have been generous with their brightwork and have used a spectacularly large trim piece and to good effect. Again, Maserati, are you sure you’re making the right choices? As an aside, more Espaces are appearing around my part of Jutland with surprising frequency, despite the lack of a rear centre arm-rest. That’s okay for an i20 but not for a car competing with 5s, A6s and lesser Es. That’s a deal-breaker for me.
And finally, Opel’s Crossland has this:
While Citroen’s C-Aircross has this:
While they are cousins stylistically, Opel make use of the gap between the roof/c-pillar and body to find a home for the lights.
It is a bit busy, no?
This post perhaps can be summed up as being about the tension between production demands and craftsmanship. If Aston Martin’s is a marginal case, Maserati’s is a clear-cut case of design not being supported by production. Overall, I couldn’t see the price of the Maserati in its outward form: the panel gap layout was no better than that found on cars costing a seventh of the price. For what it’s worth, Renault’s Espace, the Volvo S90 and even Ford’s Mondeo look more imposing and glittery than the Ghibli. That’s not how it should be, should it?