One element that has an uncertain status relative to the aesthetics of the car is the area covered by the closed doors on pillars, roof and rocker panels. Although they are visible when doors are open, these surfaces (on the pillars, in particular) may show undesirable views of hinges, bolts, locks, swing stoppers, wires, etc. Not only that these spots will look busy and ugly, but they will trap dust, dirt and grease and sometimes they might be in the way (locking hardware on “B” pillars, for example). Not surprisingly, I found that there are not that many ways to solve these areas and just a few manufacturers appear to pay attention to them.
The following images were taken during the last four years at the Toronto Auto Show.