Good night fella.
I loved the Vauxhall Calibra.
The Bertone designed 2000-2005 Vauxhall Astra coupe had a similar silhouette.
Sadly Vauxhall, etc... stopped doing coupes but they did make a really good looking three door hatchback that continued production years after the model year it's based on was replaced.
Even the base model Astra 3 door, the 1.4turbo looked great.
But the best of them is the VXR with a 276bhp 2.0T 16v.
@pip-bip I look at that and feel a senses of longing and loss. I think it's because it reminds me a lot of the 75 Valiant sedan my dad had when I was a kid. Given that it's GM I suspect the quality was similarly undesirable as our Chrysler..
@facw The current designs aren't necessarily based only on the test specification. Many manufacturers want to have their cars far exceed the limits.
The forces in a roll-over accident can be fairly significant. The force will occur in multiple directions and there could be other impacts to the pillars before the roll-over. The A and B pillars often have airbags in them making them larger.
That doesn't explain the huge C-pillars on some cars. The new Mazda 3 hatchback is good example of an oversized blind spot in the back. I can't explain that other than "esthetics".