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Topical advertising: On the inside (part two)

Although the first part of a car that meets the eye is the body, the interior is arguably more important as it plays a major part in determining if a car is enjoyable to drive or ride in. Cobbling together an interior is tough because engineers, designers, bean counters, factory workers and even dealers all want to have their say on topics like ergonomics and comfort.

It goes without saying that car interiors have evolved considerably over the past couple of decades – try finding a press release related to the upcoming Geneva Motor Show that doesn’t contain the word “infotainment.” What hasn’t changed is that the cockpit’s overall appearance more often than not reveals the car’s vocation. A Spartan interior with hard plastics is generally associated with an economy car, a full set of gauges is often found in a sports car and a farm’s worth of leather hides on the dash denotes a luxury car.

What is your favorite car interior?

Alfa Romeo 33


Audi 50


Austin Maestro


BMW 528 (e12)


Cadillac Cimarron


Citroën Ami 8


Citroën LN


Datsun pickup


Fiat 130


Fiat 500 L


Honda Legend


Jaguar XJ


Lancia Delta


Lancia Delta HF


Land Rover Discovery (mk1)


Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9


Opel Kadett D


Peugeot 205 GTi


Renault 5 GT Turbo


Subaru 360


Toyota BJ40


Volkswagen Golf (mk1)


Volkswagen Citi Golf


Volvo 780 Coupe

9 thoughts on “Topical advertising: On the inside (part two)

  1. The Volvo 480 must surely have one of the most unusual interiors ever made. I remember reading a review that said it looked like it was made by four different people who had never met each other.

  2. Oh, oh, oh, I like the Citroën LN! Can I have one, please? Pretty please?

    Seriously, I love the simplicity of the LN. The Subaru 360 or the Ami 8 are a bit “too light”, the LN is simply perfect. Just enough dashboard for all your daily needs, without all the fuss of all the others candidates.

    And the Alfa 33 is round, just round. Definitely a honourable mention by me. Everything that is to loved about the Eighties rolled into one dashboard – without the hairstyles, the garments and the neon colors. Lovely, simply lovely.

  3. I like the variations in colors and materials that you don’t see in today’s dour black interiors. That and the Caddy with a 5 speed manual. Does Cadillac sell anything without an auto these days?

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