The A To D of Car Pillars

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A sideways look at the car 


  • The A to D of Car Pillars A sideways look at the car
  • Introduction to the A-Pillar
    • An A-pillar is a name applied by car stylists and enthusiasts to the shaft of material that supports the windshield (windscreen) on either of the windshield frame sides.
    • By denoting this structural member as the A-pillar, and each successive vertical support in the greenhouse after a successive letter in the alphabet ( B-pillar , C-pillar etc.), this naming scheme allows those interested in car design to have points of reference when discussing design elements.
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    Graphic shows common pillars in sedan, coupe and wagon (or SUV car formats
  • A-Pillars
    • TheA-pillaralong with the C-pillar are the most stylistically interesting for car fans. The A-pillar is in many ways the equivalent of thea human neck line, where the face for the car flows in to the body.
    • The other notable aspect of the A-pillar is howit isintegratedwith the lines of the hood.
  • B-Pillars
    • The B-pillar play a key role providing strength to the midsection of the vehicle.Many sportier cars tend to not have a B-pillar present.
    • The E class family from Mercedes (opposite) shows how the placement and treatment of the B-pillar has remained unchanged through seven generations.
  • C-Pillars
    • The C-pillar is often the most heavily leveraged pillar from a styling perspective.
    • BMW has made the C-pillar their own with their distinctivecurved C-pillar called the Hoffmeister kick that appears in some format in all of their cars.
    • Coupes also rely heavily on the C-pillar to create streamlines shapes.One of the most iconicis from theFord Mustang.
  • D-Pillars
    • D-pillarreally is the end of the line, in many ways thispillar is designed for the necessityto house the rear door in a wagon or SUV.
  • How many Pillars?
    • The VW Bus is a great example of perhaps one too many pillars almost as many as the ABC...