AD #1645 – Behind The Scenes Of EyesOn Design, Infiniti Teases Q30, GM Cuts Fuel Cell Costs

June 19th, 2015 at 11:51am

Runtime: 8:27

- Infiniti Teases New Compact
- GM Cuts Fuel Cell Costs
- Time To Extend Component Responsibility?
- Behind The Scenes Of EyesOn Design

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34 Comments to “AD #1645 – Behind The Scenes Of EyesOn Design, Infiniti Teases Q30, GM Cuts Fuel Cell Costs”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Wow Sean,being invited to that eyeson staff is way awesome.I hope you become a permenent fixture there.Very impressive….good show!

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’d about forgotten the name Elwood Engel, though I had a couple cars from his design era at Chrysler. I liked most of what he did, even the ’62 Plymouth, which no one else seemed to like.

  3. Sean McElroy Says:

    @G.A. – Thanks. It was a cool experience and nice to get a look at things from the other side of the fence. I hope I get to do it again.

  4. Runner Says:

    Sounds good to me, except for the fact that I e submitted three times and never received even a reply acknowledgement. Not the normal way I’m used to participating in a concours/show.

  5. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Runner – Sorry to hear about that. My only guess is that your vehicle may not have fit into one of our House Style categories, which is this year’s theme. Whether that’s the case or not, it still does not excuse at the very least an acknowledgement of your submission. I will make a point to someone that they need to keep an eye on (no pun intended) e-submissions.

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I still like Chrysler designs,for the most part.I can this,I’ve owned more chrysler products then any other brand ‘cept harleys.And I’m wanting to buy another Ram too,and I will,when ordering FINALLY opens up.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    They seem to have underestimated demand for the PMC, as with Hellcat Challenger and Charger. Sometimes, it’s hard to know.

  8. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Well I’m gonna do something soon.I just filled up my tank,and I have a decent amount of hwy and city.I crunched the numbers and my average for this last fillup was 16.06mpg.Not good at all,and the car runs like a top,zero wrong with it.Air filter clean,running mobile one oil,just changed about 2 or 3 months ago,tires all like new with correct pressure in all 4 corners etc.I actually got better overall mpg’s with my 2011 chebby silvey with the 5.3L V8.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 What vehicle?

    My mileage varies widely, especially with my ’96 Corvette. I get about 25 on road trips between Florida and Indiana, but only 17ish for short trip to dinner, etc. My experience has been that, the smaller the motor, the less difference the type driving makes. I get about the same mpg with my MINI, about 36, for driving on the interstate and short trips around town.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    My 2012 Chebby Equinox LTZ/AWD.3.0L V6.

  11. pedro fernandez Says:

    The Crapolla with all the miles and archaic 3 speed, gets me around 27 to 28 mpg’s consistently, once in a while will even get 30. But this is mixed suburban, expressway driving, if I did only highway it get about 22 if I do the limit, damned 3 speed POS!

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Tnx. I thought it was an Equinox, but didn’t know what powertrain.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 My MINI gets over 40 on the highway at 60 or so on the 2 lane roads, but drops off a lot when going 75-78. Does the Crapolla have a lock up torque converter? If so, I’d think it should do better than 22 highway, but if it has a non-working lock up converter, that would hurt it a lot.

  14. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Aside from the crappy mpg’s,the only fault with the car is it isn’t really android friendly.It hugs the road in all conditions,comfortable as all get out,heated seats that I absolutely love,and make use of when the temps drop.And that 3.0L V6 has plenty of zippitydoodaa when needed,and sounds good doing it too.It’s a damn fine car,but really doesn’t have the cargo space that I am going to need that I told you about Kit.Just gotta have it.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I think they only made that 3.0 V6 so they could charge extra for the 3.6. There is nothing wrong wi5h the 3.0, but under most conditions, it doesn’t seem to get any better mpg than the 3.6 in the vehicles where they used it. In a smaller, lighter vehicle, it would beat the mog of the bigger motor.

  16. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I think I’m pretty much burned out on this DI crap.I think in the long run,it just ain’t worth it.As far as my 3.0 goes,I believe it’s just a smaller displacement then the 3.6.In other words,I thinks it’s pretty damn close to being the same engine.I read something to that effect on the GMI forums.

  17. pedro fernandez Says:

    No, I don’t believe it does have one.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Of what I know, the 3.0 and 3.6 are basically the same engine. Both the bore and stroke are different, with probably similar bore/stroke ratio. I think both have been made with both port injection and GSI. I know the 3.6 has.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That’s GDI, not GSI.

  20. Bob Wilson Says:

    The real value of a fuel cell vehicle are the Zero Emissions Credits in the CARB states. So make ‘em; sell ‘em, scrap ‘em, and; sell the parts back to make ‘new’ fuel cell vehicles.

    Hydrogen is really nasty stuff. Under pressure, it permeates metals and weakens them. For acceptable density, it has to be at extreme pressures. Hydrogen fuel stations are many times more expensive than a gas station. Consider the case of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and recently cancel Honda Civic CNG.

    Bob Wilson, Huntsville, AL

  21. C-Tech Says:

    @ #20 Bob you really seem to know your stuff when it comes to hydrogen. I am curious is there any other fuel which could be used with fuel cells?

  22. HtG Says:

    21 inre 20. Look up Huntsville AL.

  23. Jim Thykeson Says:

    John, one the best, insightful, info-packed interviews you’ve ever done was the one with Freeze. I wished some of these so called environmental ‘talking-heads’ could see that show to understand answers when presented by knowledgable, professional people like yourself and Mr. Freeze.

  24. Dave Forslund Says:

    Subject: Personnel

    I have been a viewer (and sometimes a commentor)of Autoline Daily for many years. I have viewed many substitutes in John’s absences over the years. Some good and some better, but the show was “not the same” without John.

    Being 78, “change” is not always easily acceptable. BUT, there can be exceptions.

    Sean has been the exception. Whether John or Sean is hosting the show, the show is equally enjoyable. While there is probably a difference in their knowledge and experience levels, it shows that mannerisms make for enjoyable viewing and a factual presentation worthy of truth and confidence.

    Sean or John, I enjoy your show either way.

    (I hope that both John and Sean take the above as a compliment)

  25. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ 24 Dave F: I agree,they both have that ‘relaxed yet knowledgeable’ way about them,and are honest and sincere.And…they like our little group here too,lol.

  26. HtG Says:

    Off Topic

    US Open dystopic landscape. Am I right?

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yeah, I was thinking that. Well, I wasn’t thinking dystopic, but that certainly fits.

  28. Dave Forslund Says:

    I didn’t realize this column was for your private banter only! Sorry.

  29. HtG Says:

    I’m sorry, Dave.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Sorry, Dave

  31. pedro fernandez Says:

    #28 ???? I don’t get it!

  32. C-Tech Says:

    Going to the dictionary again, you coming Pedro? :)

  33. pedro fernandez Says:

    This is as confusing to me as figuring out if I have one and if so, how my torque converter works.

  34. MJB Says:

    You know, it’d be interesting to see if a business could be made from harvesting the platinum from these used hydrogen fuel cells to make industrial-styled jewelry (rings and bracelets mostly, I’m thinking) with an automotive or ‘Detroit’ theme – not unlike the existing 20+ year old “Made In Detroit” brand.

    If I didn’t have as many irons in the fire as I do currently, I’d definitely make a go of this.

    There’s a small business in Detroit that scavenges for discarded tires from around the city, cleans, and turns them into sandals. They’re making a nice profit off of the whole ‘Detroit’ ‘Motor City’ theme and getting orders from around the globe.