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Old 08-31-2013, 12:30 PM
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Default "Sacrifice Panel" - Bumper Designs

I dont know if its been discussed here before or not, but im going to put it out there...

What are peoples thoughts on rear bumpers that are flush with the bootlid/tailgate of a car?

for example, the new Ford Fusion/Mondeo, the bootlid is flush with the rear bumper, and has what Ford refers to as a 'sacrifice panel' which is basically a reinforced thicker bottom part of the bootlid which acts like the top part of the bumper.

A few other cars also have this, one i can recall is the Hyundai i30 and i40
Actually newer Hyundai's seem to be moving towards this. Santa Fe included.

The Mazda Takeri concept also had a flush rear bootlid/bumper design which i thought looked amazing and was really dissappointed when it didnt carry over to the production car

I personally think this design style of a flush rear bootlid/tailgate with bumper looks much sleeker and modern than a traditional bumper design. I wonder why its not more common?

I guess theres issues with repair bills, cost to manufacture, increased weight etc to deal with, but from a purely aesthetic point of view, I really like the 'sacrifice panel' concept.

What are everyone else's views and opinions?

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Old 08-31-2013, 03:09 PM
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It's probably not more common because in collision repair the price increases for a minor fender bender. If the bumper protrudes the repair is as simple as pulling off the old bumper and popping on the new one. With the flush design, it's a bumper AND a trunk lid or hatch.

It does look better yes.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:03 PM
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Alot of the BMW 2002 guys like to remove their bumpers and fill in the gaps (whatever they may be). This "naked" look may have been desirable for some time but now we have the technology (and legal exceptions) to pull it off.

Kinda like the "spoiler less" design championed by the likes of the Ferrari 360 Modena which used a high-tech under tray to eliminate the awful wing (to some extent).
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:50 AM
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Whilst it looks better (probably, not generally though), I think a good design should be both good looking and practical. A flush bumper just adds repair costs (as said, plus there is the risk of hard to repair damage in low speed accidents (probably even during parking), when the whole frame (hinges, lock) of the tailgate gets deformed.
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