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I tend to agree on the pillarless styling being a victim of side impact crash ratings.  But perhaps there COULD be a way around that!  When the car is immobile, a retractable support/reinforcement could be lowered to maintain that styling.  When the car is started, it would raise and index with the roof rail, not unlike the "deployed" roll bar on some Mercedes convertibles not long ago, which "sprung into action" when sensors detected a coming roll-over event.  BUT it would have to be "fail safe" and un-hackable!  The original Camaro4 (current Alpha platform car is Camaro5) show car was un-pillared, too, but was pillared with deep tinted quarter windows in production, as was the latest Dodge Challenger.  Such INNOVATION could lead to lots of BUZZ about General Motors products, that "halo effect".  Might even provide the technology for a return of 4-door hardtops, too???  We've got pyrotechnic seat belts which fire a charge to tighten the belt with the air bags deploy, so why not something similar, but less involved, for a variable-height B-pillar??

 

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I tend to agree on the pillarless styling being a victim of side impact crash ratings.  But perhaps there COULD be a way around that! 

Bentley, Mercedes Benz, and Rolls Royce currently offer true pillarless hardtops. 

 

Craig

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