What Your Car Grille Is All About
Originally the front grille of an average car had a function, to allow cool air through the radiator to assist in cooling the engine down. But after time, the grille became a key feature to the design of the car in question.
It goes without saying that the earlier trim on classic automobiles was chrome and often integrated its design with the chrome front bumper and chrome headlight surrounds. As well as the brand name badge, it was also common to fix other badges to the chrome slots within the grille, such as breakdown cover organisations such as the AA and the RAC (Royal Automobile Club).
These types of grilles gave character to the car, but were often heavy in weight and prone to pitting and rust.
Modern Day Plastic Grilles
Modern vehicles are more likely to have a front grille made out of plastic, sometimes integrated to the front bumper and other times a separate unit. Often chrome frames and features are added, but much lighter than those of older cars. The grille can also form part of the crumple zone playing a part in safety test for head on accidents.
Red Alfa Romeo Guilietta Grille Paris Motor show 2012
Audi Q3 Grille Paris Motor Show 2012
BMW M135i xDrive Paris Motor Show 2012
Citroen DS4 Front Grille Paris Motor Show 2012
Jeep Cherokee Grille at Paris Motor Show 2012
Kia ProCeed front Grille at Paris motor show 2012
Mazda6 front grille Paris motor show 2012
Nissan Juke grille at Paris motor show 2012
Seat Leon Grille Presented at the Paris Motor Sow 2012
Toyota Rav4 Grille Paris Motor Show 2012
Volkswagen Gti Grille White Paris Motor Show 2012
Volvo XC70 Front Grille Paris Motor show 2012
Many manufacturers now offer a grille that makes the brand recognisable no mater what model or size of vehicle, in most cases incorporating its logo badge. Modern trend is to have coloured matching grilles to the overall colour of the vehicle or contrasting.
The Face Of The Car
Often a grille can be seen as a human face, including a smile or a frown and the headlights often being described as the eyes. Some Audi models for example were branded with its grille and front lights looking like a charging bull on its TV adverts. Marketing companies will often match the face of modern vehicles to suit a typical car buyer.