Also, a friend of mine had a CC and he complained the frameless windows are a PITA in the winter when there was ice build-up on the windows' edges. You might get the door open but closing it was difficult.
I would say frameless windows are a pure design gimmick.
BTW, I had no idea they were so popular in Japanese cars. I thought it was a Subaru thing mostly.
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[QUOTE=Son;78097082]Sealing the windows at least before was more challenging with frameless doors. I bet then they didn't have the system that lowered the windows before opening the door. Not at least on cars that had crank windows. Anyway, the sealing challenges caused wind noise, at least.
To the best of my knowledge, the first application of partially-opening power windows to enable access and/or sealing was on the rear quarter-windows of the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. That small window in the rear would automatically move rearward into the C-pillar a few inches in order to get out of the way of passengers entering the car.
Another nice four-door hardtop not from America, where most of them originated, was the Mercedes Benz 300 line in the fifties:
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I've had both styles living in Colorado and neither was advantageous or at disadvantage during the snowy season, IMHO.