Why is the front grille of the car getting bigger and bigger?


The front grille of a car occupies the largest area in the front face of a car. In recent years, in many models, the area of ​​the front grille has become larger and larger, and the shape has become more and more aggressive. In addition to the well-known functional considerations of cooling the engine and providing better aerodynamic performance, it also plays an important role in the design. This article mainly talks about the role and development of the front grille in recent years.

Friends who are familiar with car design know that for the exterior of a car, the most important thing is the Proportion and Stance. These two words are inseparable from any mention of exterior design. The design of the front grille will not have any impact on these two most important elements. In the process of designing the overall car body (Architecture), the design of the front grille will not even be considered too much, but the application of this Brand existing grille. So what role does the grille play in car design? The front grille is an iconic existence for a car company, that is, even if the car logo is removed, ordinary people can judge the brand of the car through the front grille.

In Audi's more than 100-year history, the huge geometric front grille is not long. The Audi Nuvolari quattro, a concept car that first appeared at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, was the predecessor to the Audi A5.

This car is not pressed first, and we put the time back 100 years ago. When four German car manufacturers merged into Audi in 1928, Audi's exterior was no different from other cars. Due to the limitations of technology and production processes, it was basically not to mention design, and it was still a combination of various parts that should have been put together. together to form a car. The role of the front grille is also clear: to dissipate heat.

By the middle of the 20th century, plastic began to be widely used in cars, and the prominent front bumper divided the front face of the car into two parts. Bumpers made of plastic allow car owners to replace the plastic parts at a lower price in the event of a minor crash, but have no impact on the more expensive metal parts. At this time, the front grille of most cars is also divided into upper and lower parts, the upper grille with a larger area and the slender lower grille. At this time, Audi's front grille is still seriously performing its own work, and there is not much modification. But the 1979 Audi 100 also set a benchmark for front-end design for the Audi that followed until the end of the 20th century.

For Audi at this time, the bumper divides the front face into three parts: the upper, middle and lower parts, the lower two parts are plastic parts, and the upper part is divided into three parts, and the front grille has also begun to "pay attention" and become more refined. The Icon of Audi's front face in the middle and late 20th century has been formed.