Here’s an interesting door removal or total sidewall removal. It’s the 2013 Ford B-Max that will go on sale in the U.K. this September. What is really strange is there is no B-Pillar!
The doors, incorporating high-strength steel and boron structures form what is essentially a “movable” B-pillar as they are closed and latched to the body shell. High-strength and ultra-high-strength steels are used to help trim the car’s weight and account for some 58% of the body and door structure. Boron steel is used in major load-bearing areas.
The front doors latch at the floor pan and header, while the sliding rear doors latch to the floor and the slider. Open them together and you’ve got a gargantuan opening a full 60 inches wide. Impressive, given the B-Max is a hair less than 165 inches long.