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Time for another round of design details... As you probably know if you live in the United States of Freedom, we require a little something on our cars that for some reason Europe doesn’t (despite being full of all sorts of other regs...): Side reflectors! You know, those little orange and red shiny strips that are sometimes hidden in the headlights/taillights but otherwise just plastered on randomly (usually in European cars though some American cars weirdly have this issue as well...) However, some automakers have shown that there is an elegant way around this problem:

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Ok, stick with me in this explanation. See those wonderful circles I made in five minutes on MS Paint? That should clear things up a bit. This is a good example. Front reflectors nicely in headlight cluster, and rear reflector nicely following body line. Also, notice that the side indicator is also evident in cars such as the Z4 and others, so don’t come running and say that the Z4’s Bimmerang is suddenly a reflector...

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Let’s reflect on this C6 ‘Vette. I are disappoint, Chevy. For a regulation born in your home country, you certainly seemed to ignore it until the last minute (but isn’t that the GM way?) Two bright pieces of plastic on either side, with no real relation to body lines or curves (ok, maybe a weak one, but bear with me...) Also, no side indicator because USDM, but that’s not today’s focus...

So, what’s your opinion?

Which car has the best incorporation of side reflectors?

and

Which car has the worst incorporation of side reflectors?

Discuss in comments below.

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