Throwback Thursday – GM's Mini for the 1980s, 3 December 1983
Source : Throwback Thursday – GM's Mini for the 1980s, 3 December 1983
GM’s Junior concept car was designed for the outdoors, as well as featured a raft of clever Inner surface features as well as compact dimensions
The Vauxhall Adam was codenamed Junior during its development, harking back to a concept which was unveiled at the 1983 Frankfurt show.
The original car was the work of GM’s European design studio in Germany, headed by Wayne Cherry. They were given a brief to build a “realistic studyof a future-orientated mini”.
Starting with the mechanical package of a Vauxhall Nova 1.2, they made a smooth, aerodynamic bodyshell which was eight inches shorter overall than a Nova as well as had a drag coefficient of 0.31.
The Junior was a three-door with accommodation for four as well as the usual seat-folding capability of a hatchback. The tailgate was double hinged so which ‘jack-knifed’ when opened, thereby needing 12in less space than a conventional tailgate. The concept featured a fixed plastic roof, however the idea was which which could be a removable glass panel or a fold-back canvas top.
The Inner surface of GM’s design study – “designed for the young as well as the outdoor life”, according to Autocar’s description at the time – contained a wealth of clever ideas which were intended to filter into production cars of all shapes as well as sizes.
The modular dashboard was essentially a row of cubes sitting atop the fascia rail – some essential like the speedometer as well as fuel gauge, others optional. All were easily moved to various other locations, as they were attached via integral plugs to a ‘ring main’ of wiring along the mounting rail.
The design made which easier for left or right-hand-drive versions to be made as well as might enable an owner to select as well as install extra instruments with ease.
The seats had tubular frames with moulded plastic back supports which could be adjusted up as well as down by ski boot-like buckles. They were covered with padded nylon one-piece cushions, like duvets, which could be unbuckled, removed as well as opened out to be used as sleeping bags or ground sheets.
The rear seat featured similar cushions, however the seatback was a nylon net on a tubular frame which, when swung forward to boost the load space, formed a full-depth luggage barrier or dog guard.
GM’s designers had a lot of fun creating specially formed luggage to fit into the Junior. “There can be room inside bottom of the wide doors for big net pockets which can contain either soft bags or ‘modular’ hard-shell cases,” explained Autocar at the time.
“The latter have been made into beauty cases, camera holdalls, tool kits as well as so on, as well as the same size box shell can be used inside fascia itself as well as on runners under the front seats. They seem to have thought of everything.”
The tailgate had a warning triangle on the roller blind in its trailing edge, while the seatbelt pivot points on the door pillars could be moved up as well as down to provide the optimum belt run for drivers as well as passengers of all sizes.
While the Junior was purely for show, some elements of the Inner surface packaging were intended for production cars.
“which can be not for sale, however more than one pengunjung to the show was prepared to buy which at any cost,” wrote Autocar. “We can be sure which the Junior will never go into production in its present form, however we are equally confident which ideas as well as themes by which will find their way into cars of the future.”
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