Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Window Corner Fillers

Thanks to Jim’s Antti’s Mitsubishi-themed weekend, I was reacquainted with the Cordia, a car I though was quite handsome as a young college student soldier. But I never realized back in the day how odd and obvious the black plastic filler was in the corners of the rear quarter windows. It is a styling technique we’ve seen many times over the years. Sometimes it’s done for engineering reasons (stronger roof pillars, or allowing door windows to go down completely) and sometimes it’s done strictly for looks (“Let’s make this window odd and awkward!”). For whatever reason they exist, your job today is to list all the cars that have used this little styling trick.
Just to be clear, this is NOT a Hofmeister kink, which clips off the corner of both the window and the window frame to match it. We need to see cars whose body shell is shaped to make it look like the window opening was originally larger than the glass is, and the extra bit has been filled in with a trim piece (sometimes chrome, usually matte black if the car is less than 25 years old.)
DIFFICULTY: Roughly equivalent to being “it” in a game of hide-and-seek. On the Bonneville salt flats.
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67 responses to “Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Window Corner Fillers”

    1. Craymor Avatar

      but the foucs does have it, look at the rear passenger window!

    1. moorewr Avatar

      Those aren’t window fillers, those are awesomeness indicators.

    2. Automotive Factoid Avatar
      Automotive Factoid

      Interestingly enough, the car pictured is not a real Impala SS, but a Caprice with window fillers made to make a Caprice look like an Impala SS, because in the early years Caprice didn’t not have the kink and Impala did, then in 96 they both had it.

      1. JayP Avatar

        That is a ’94 SS. They updated body had the kink in ’95 across the line.
        The appliqué really just did cover a hole but it was a separate part as shown.

    3. ptschett Avatar

      I was behind one of these on my street when I was coming home from work today. Still a handsome car after 20+ years.

  1. engineerd Avatar

    While square-ish already, the rear windows on the first gen Mercury Topaz required a bit of filler.

  2. Vavon Avatar

    The Opel Kadett E has some of the biggest window corner fillers… In the world!

    1. Citric Avatar

      It’s especially awkward on the 3-door.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        The current version, the UzDaewoo Nexia of Uzbekistan, is only available as a five door. It has discarded the filler in favour of better visibility. Now that’s a handful of solid progress!

        1. Citric Avatar

          Actually the booted versions always had the five window treatment, as demonstrated by this Asüna SE:

        2. Vavon Avatar

          You are right and wrong at the same time!
          Speaking of the 5-door, but picturing the 4-door…
          The Opel Kadett sedan always had that window too…
          But the Daewoo Nexia 5-door actually did get rid of that thing!

    2. Manic_King Avatar

      Older Kadett had similar look.

  3. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    You want your windows to go 100% down right? They won’t, but these little black filler pieces will get them closer to it.
    2009-2013 Vibtrix, biggest offender is the Vibe because of the c-d panel windows.

  4. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    Most recent offender, the 2015 Toyota Camry.
    I fear i have just caused all Hoons to have to see this on every Camry they will now see on the road. I am sorry.

    1. Citric Avatar

      That C-pillar treatment is so awkward I wondered how it reached production.

      1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

        It tricks the eye so that the Lexus looks different.

      2. Sjalabais Avatar

        A valid comment including the famous front treatment, too. Hard to understand what they are aiming for with a car that is so successful already. On the other hand, you don’t want to be called boring or lazy either. Luxury problems of a market leader.

    2. ptschett Avatar

      Aaagh… and I’d just gotten the obnoxious ~2012 “grounded to the ground” advert from the NASCAR rotation out of my head…

    3. Tomsk Avatar

      If I didn’t know any better I’d say they really, really wanted to copy Saab.

    1. Drzhivago138 Avatar

      That shoud be in reply to the 2015 Toyota Camry.

  5. Citric Avatar

    Well the Mondeo and Contour had it too, and I remember it being a kind of big deal on some local car show I saw, because there’s a bit of structure behind there and they complained that the door opening was too small and it didn’t have enough legroom.

    1. quattrovalvole Avatar

      Is it as egregious as the Avenger?

      1. ptschett Avatar

        Oy. It even got an echo of the Sebring’s hood strakes. I guess that’s the price that was paid for the baby-Charger styling theme, with that quarter panel upkick that starts in the door and runs into where the Sebring had a little fixed window.
        I even had a ’14 Avenger SE V6 for a few days last summer, as a loaner when my pickup needed to spend 3 days in a shop for what was expected to be a 1-day suspension repair; I must have blanked that part of the car out of my memory in favor of how stupidly fun the big V6 + smallish car combo was…

        1. quattrovalvole Avatar

          With all the rebates for these, that trim/engine combo was probably one of the cheapest hp/$ deal out there…

      2. Sjalabais Avatar

        That’s awful. And just from this tiny picture I get that yoghurt cup plastic feeling…holy smokes!

  6. engineerd Avatar

    The Chevy Spark puts the handle for the back door in the window filler. Because it was meant to be there or something.

    1. Manic_King Avatar

      Renault Clio design follows same idea.

        1. Closed 24/7 Avatar
          Closed 24/7

          I think the Alfa Romeo 156 was the first car with this idea, might be wrong, though.

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            I’m pretty sure it was the first one, too. Lots of fuzz around just that when the car was launched. Also: Sportwagon. Hmmmmm…

          2. theskig Avatar

            You’re right the first was Alfa Romeo 156

      1. smokyburnout Avatar

        That C-pillar window is SO SMALL! Amazing that they even bothered

    2. moorewr Avatar

      The Spark’s A-pillar is a hot mess too.

      1. Moparmann Avatar

        I feel the same about the entire car!! 🙂

  7. Closed 24/7 Avatar
    Closed 24/7

    Maybe it doesn’t count, but the Renault Vel Satis has an unnecessary bit in the front window: http://img.automobile.de/modellbilder/Renault-Vel-Satis-30979_wochenthema_taxi_11_41.jpg
    To make up for it, here’s the Austin Maestro doing it twice: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/02/Austin_Maestro_1982.JPG/1024px-Austin_Maestro_1982.JPG

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Three times, actually: A-pillar, C-pillar and D-pillar!

    1. Guest Avatar

      Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Y̶e̶l̶l̶o̶w Black Polka Dot B̶i̶k̶i̶n̶i̶ Window Corner Filler

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      NSFW obstructing the view of the car.

  8. Ed Kim Avatar
    Ed Kim

    In full effect in the NF generation of Hyundai Sonata.

  9. Ed Kim Avatar
    Ed Kim

    The last generation Mazda6 had it too.

  10. Ed Kim Avatar
    Ed Kim

    And as you can see in the second generation Lexus GS, Toyota’s recent job on the 2015 Camry isn’t their first.

    1. quattrovalvole Avatar

      It looks especially bad from the inside

  11. SsS Avatar

    Stretching the topic but how about mid-window fillers instead of window corner fillers…

  12. P161911 Avatar

    Buick LeSabre Grand National

  13. dimpl09 Avatar

    Do these things count? They are actually no fillers but integral shutters:

  14. JohnComposMentis Avatar

    When I first saw photos of the Chevy Volt I was pleased to see that the high belt-line trend was finally being reversed … oh wait, that’s just a black strip running along the bottom of the greenhouse and (re this topic) kinked up just ahead of the C-pillar… .
    (Apologies in advance if the photo doesn’t appear — I’m experimenting with the new Disqus format.)

    1. Monkey10is Avatar

      With or without a photo, a bonus point for reminding us all of this particularly inexplicable piece of ‘window filler’ madness…

    1. quattrovalvole Avatar

      TIL there’s a Tribute Hybrid

  15. smokyburnout Avatar

    There is a technical term for this, sort of

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Never knew they were “cheater panels.” TIL…

  16. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    the SW20 MR2 promised a lot of window in the profile view, but the buttresses and rearward-curving rear window meant glass all the way out back woulda been useful.

    1. salguod Avatar

      Fiero was the same way, but they delivered no window at all, at least on the early cars.

  17. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    Rover 75, (the second, and last one). Used for a badge location on most, until the later models when it was dropped
    but not the P4 Rover 75, the first one

  18. neight428 Avatar

    Hatchback mustangs from ’79-86 had the “sail panels” that looked dated as the Fox years wore on. The entire quarter window from the ’87-’93’s could be installed in their place as it was just a big piece of flush mounted glass that covered both the old window hole and the body work that was formerly paneled over.

      1. neight428 Avatar

        It didn’t really occur to me until just now, but the notchbacks had them too, just less raked.