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      04-16-2012, 11:49 AM   #1
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There are many signature BMW design elements by which you can easily identify a BMW by - kidney grilles, short overhangs, and the classic Hofmeister kink (the counter sweeping 'kink' at the corner of the rear windows).

Named after former BMW Design Director Wilhelm Hofmeister, the Hofmeister kink is described by BMW as giving the window outline a forward thrust while accentuating a further BMW hallmark: rear-wheel drive. It was introduced in 1961 on the BMW 1500. Some would not think that such a simple styling decision would have such wide influence on the history of automotive design, but it has.

As with all great designs, it's been emulated much over the years by other manufacturers. As the NY Times points out, this was never more evident than at the just concluded NY International Auto Show where some variation of the Hofmeister kink was always in sight. "Nearly all of the four-door cars that made their debuts had rakish roof profiles requiring swept-back C pillars and a sleeker adaptation of the venerable kink."

Why has the kink been so popular? According to the author it's "Because the pillar treatment heavily influences the overall shape of a carís windows ó an important trait that designers call the "daylight opening" ó these kinks can accentuate the horizontal, making cars seem longer. And when framed in chrome, as they increasingly are, they can give a premium appearance even to workaday mass-market sedans."

Here's a look at some of the Hofmeister kink inspired C-pillars on other manufacturer's cars from the NYIAS.


2013 Lexus ES

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      04-18-2012, 09:41 AM   #2
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Copy cats .

They can put as many bmw trademark design features in the cars that they want, but it still won't be a bmw
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Let's not forget the Bangle Butt was emulated too
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Copy cats .

They can put as many bmw trademark design features in the cars that they want, but it still won't be a bmw
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I think the best thing about the hofmeister kink is not actually the countersweep on the c-pillar, but rather the fact that it blends right into the doorframe design and highlights the rear-wheel arch.

these copies have yet to do that (surprised the koreans havent....) which is a good thing.
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Copy cats .

They can put as many bmw trademark design features in the cars that they want, but it still won't be a bmw
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I think the best thing about the hofmeister kink is not actually the countersweep on the c-pillar, but rather the fact that it blends right into the doorframe design and highlights the rear-wheel arch.

these copies have yet to do that (surprised the koreans havent....) which is a good thing.
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I don't expect the new BMW models to have same c-pillars as other cars, so that could make BMW look chintzy. I love BMW's long exterior design heritage, include kidney grilles and two rings headlights.
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I have to say, you're grasping @ straws saying this is a "BMW trademark"...see 1957 Chevy Bel Air....

http://image.superchevy.com/f/311552...air_wheels.jpg

Maybe I'm missing something, but that certainly fits the description to me.
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I'd have to see a real comparison to other cars over the years to be able to decide if I really think anyone is copying BMW, or just designing cars...
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I have to say, you're grasping @ straws saying this is a "BMW trademark"...see 1957 Chevy Bel Air....

http://image.superchevy.com/f/311552...air_wheels.jpg

Maybe I'm missing something, but that certainly fits the description to me.

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Chevy builds... uglyducks.
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