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, along with 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 along with had a drag coefficient of 0.31.
The Junior was a three-door with accommodation for four along with the usual seat-folding capability of a hatchback. The tailgate was double hinged so the idea ‘jack-knifed’ when opened, thereby needing 12in less space than a conventional tailgate. The concept featured a fixed plastic roof, nevertheless the idea was which the idea could be a removable glass panel or a fold-back canvas top.
The Inner surface of GM’s design study – “designed for the young along with 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 along with sizes.
The modular dashboard was essentially a row of cubes sitting atop the fascia rail – some essential like the speedometer along with fuel gauge, others optional. All were easily moved to some other locations, as they were attached via integral plugs to a ‘ring main’ of wiring along the mounting rail.
The design made the idea easier for left or right-hand-drive versions to be made along with could enable an owner to select along with install extra instruments with ease.
The seats had tubular frames with moulded plastic back supports which could be adjusted up along with down by ski boot-like buckles. They were covered with padded nylon one-piece cushions, like duvets, which could be unbuckled, removed along with opened out to be used as sleeping bags or ground sheets.
The rear seat featured similar cushions, nevertheless the seatback was a nylon net on a tubular frame which, when swung forward to raise 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 within the 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 along with so on, along with the same size box shell can be used within the fascia itself along with 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 along with down to provide the optimum belt run for drivers along with passengers of all sizes.
While the Junior was purely for show, some elements of the Inner surface packaging were intended for production cars.
“the idea can be not for sale, nevertheless more than one pengunjung to the show was prepared to buy the idea at any cost,” wrote Autocar. “We can be sure which the Junior will never go into production in its present form, nevertheless we are equally confident which ideas along with themes through the idea will find their way into cars of the future.”
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