AD #1702 – Nissan Gripz Concept, FCA Avoids Labor Pains, Barrett Jackson Car Care Kit Review

September 16th, 2015 at 11:52am

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- FCA Avoids Labor Pains
- Continental’s 48V Mild-Hybrid
- Infiniti Reveals 1st Compact Car
- Mercedes IAA Aero Tricks
- Nissan Unveils Gripz Concept
- Barrett Jackson Car Care Kit Review

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24 Comments to “AD #1702 – Nissan Gripz Concept, FCA Avoids Labor Pains, Barrett Jackson Car Care Kit Review”

  1. HtG Says:

    Racing’s Reduced Road Relevance for Renault*

    Today Renault said that it would cease supplying power units in F1. Looks like they’re either taking over Lotus or going home. Also, BMW said today that F1 is not interesting to them.

    *top that, Craig Cole

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    While the Gripz Concept isn’t ‘elephant man’ ugly, and this is just my opinion, it is Aztek ugly.

    My standard wheel care includes the car wash I’m using for the rest of the car (plus some elbow-grease) and on occasion a coat of Stoner’s More Shine; it looks good and lasts longer than some of the others I’ve tried. I’m sure a lot of others products perform similarly or slightly better or worse.

  3. Ron Paris Says:

    “Some of the highlights of the Nissan Gripz…)include gull wing front doors and side-hinged doors for the rear.”
    Or, more accurately, scissor hinged fronts and rear hinged rears.

  4. HtG Says:

    I often see a matte finish sedan parked, and cannot help but ask why the owner leaves his giant wheels filthy with brake dust.

    No points for guessing the make.

  5. w l simpson Says:

    Re: Continental belt drive—Toro/Eldos were
    belt drive too . Life was simpler then.

  6. Jon M Says:

    There is no shortcut for a truly clean set of wheels. If you want them clean, which is to say dirt & brake dust free, then get down and scrub! Some promise a simple spray and rinse way to clean, but all you can hope for is “car-wash” clean, which is superficial at best. Like any other part of the car, if you want it clean, roll your sleeves up and get to work.

  7. Brett Says:

    “Nissan Gripz: When the going gets weird, the weird go Pro.”

    “Nissan Gripz, ’cause the Juke wasn’t strange enough!”

    If you’re referring to the 1st generation, I believe that they used a Morse Hy-Vo chain to couple the engine to the transaxle. A rather belt-like chain.

  8. JWH Says:

    Sean – Wasn’t the G20 Infiniti’s first compact car starting in 1990?

    #5 – Brett is correct in the use of Morse Hy-Vo chain in the initial Toronado.

    Wheel cleaning – Thanks for the analysis on the BJ cleaning products. I’ll keep this for reference although I have found P21S (much less expensive when purchased in 5L bottles)to be the best wheel cleaning product that I have used.

  9. MJB Says:


    Mmmmm, not so quick there, Jon.

    If ones wheels are cleaned often enough, then the simple solution does work perfectly every time. It’s only when brake dust, asphalt pebbles and other debris are allowed to build up that scrubbing becomes necessary.

    Before I had kids, I used to wash my cars twice weekly.

    As for tire shine, I’m definitely a high-gloss guy. I’ve been using Turtle Wax black Tire Coat. It was the first on the market with a product that actually does last several weeks. As long as the tire is thoroughly cleaned and prepped, this stuff forms a semi-permanent coating that won’t come off except by force (i.e., scraping the tire on a curb or the like). Looks wet as water, but is completely dry to the touch. No silicon splatter on the wheel wells and body panels. No coming off driving in the rain. No re-applying every 4 or 5 days…

    In fact, when it gets dull, just hit it with cleaner. I’ve even used Bleach White, and it won’t remove the coating. Just restores the shine.

  10. MJB Says:

    Oh, and I like that Nissan concept a lot. Strikes a chord with me.

  11. Mike Ma Says:

    Mercedes super-aero hybrid says it can go 41 miles on battery because of it’s 0.19 drag coefficient; but Chevy’s GEN 1 Volt got 40 miles and the GEN 2 has 53-56 miles without the dramatic drag numbers.

  12. XA351GT Says:

    Is it just me or is that Gripz concept look like the 2nd coming of the Isuzu Vehicross? Like a lot of Nissan’s styling of late it’s love it or hate it.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It sounds like the Barrett Jackson tire stuff works, but does it remove the paint or clear coat from the wheels, along with the dirt? I tend to be skeptical of “spray and rinse” cleaning products that work too well.

    8 You beat me to it on the G20. I remember them trying to sell it as a competitor to the 3 series. That was interesting in Indianapolis, with the BMW and Infiniti stores next door to each other, and with the same owners.

  14. MJB Says:


    Yep, G20 was it. In fact, my friend had one that I’m positive he got more than 250k out of. I believe it may have been made on the Nissan Sentra platform.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    @HtG #1
    Do you think Honda will stick it out another year {or more}, or will it be down to Mercedes and Ferrari? Or maybe only one engine supplier in another year or two?

    Though I hate to see it, I’m not surprised about Renault getting out of the F1 power unit business. Their experience with the current formula would not be good PR for them.

  16. HtG Says:

    15 Kit, F1 is nothing if not filled with political intrigue. (quite deliberately so).

    Honda is down on power to Merc by about 240hp, based on Monza straight line performance. The current rules limit changes for this year, so next year’s unit should be faster. But McLaren has publicly said that Honda refuses to hire outside experts, preferring to do things the Honda way. Honda wishes to train its engineers through racing. BBC was implying that the McLaren and Honda hospitality trucks being parked at opposite ends of the paddock was not accidental. Honda isn’t going anywhere, but maybe their engine boss, Arai, won’t last.

    Renault is in a negotiation with Lotus and FOM and CVC. Renault is trying to get Bernie and CVC to pick up Lotus’s debts(stories of imminent bankruptcy in the media) and pay them a legacy fee similar to what Ferrari and RedBull and Williams get/have extracted. So publicly saying it won’t supply power units past current contracts is really putting the pressure on Bernie because Lotus is in dire financial straights, and losing both Renault and Lotus would hurt F1. I’m assuming Ghosn is deadly serious about F1 needing to be worth Renault’s corporate while, but I won’t try to guess what will happen or when.

    This stuff is more exciting than a lot of the track action, sadly.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Thanks for info, HtG. So if the Renault/Lotus thing happens, there’d be Renault/Merc cars? Maybe there have been things like that before, but not since I’ve been (sort of) following F1.

  18. HtG Says:

    I think it would be an all Renault team. Ghosn doesn’t want to supply other teams beyond a works outfit. One story out there is that if a deal goes through, Lotus would still get its name on the cars for 2016 by contract. Remember that the Lotus team is really the old Renault team, which is the old Benetton team, which is the old Toleman team, all residing in Enstone which is how the team calls itself internally, The Enstone Team.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I knew back to Benetton, but Toleman was “before my time.” If it becomes an all-Renault team, I suspect Ghosn would want the performance and longevity of the power units to improve. Alonso likes challenges. Maybe he’d want to go back, for his last gig before retirement. Maybe no openings, though.

  20. RumNCoke Says:

    Next week, Sean shows us how to re-seed his lawn!

    One thing Craig Jackson is good at is marketing. I bet the stuff under their label is the same as everybody else’s stuff.

  21. Jonathan Says:

    Cool new Nissan. I see sports car like cuv s as a growing future segment for sure. Just look at what the Macan is doing.

    I enjoyed the Barrett Jackson product segment. Every body hates cleaning wheels and I enjoyed the segment on today’s show…thanks and by the way…Sonax rules the wheel cleaning business…..


  22. Sonic Mustang Says:

    If you correctly stated that the B-J tire cleaning kit contains metal polish, you shouldn’t have applied it to those wheels as they are painted. Metal polish is for bare metal.

    Virtually EVERY OEM wheel and most aftermarket wheels are either painted or clear coated. You really need to get the details right if your reviewing products.

    rub some cleaner wax on a wheel to determine if it is painted/clear coated or bare polished metal. If the polishing cloth turns black, you’re rubbing on bare metal. If it doesn’t, use polish/wax the wheels like any other painted surface. DON’T USE METAL POLISH.

  23. Sean McElroy Says:

    #22 – I carefully read the directions of each of the products I used and reviewed, which states the metal polish is safe for use on painted surfaces. What’s true for one product is not necessarily true for another. Here’s a link about the metal polish on the Barrett Jackson Auto Care website:

  24. Sonic Mustang Says:


    I apologize for suggesting you did not do your homework however if B-J claims the metal polish is safe for painted surfaces, it’s a really mild polish and not really a metal polish.

    I have a set of Team III Halibrand replicas with painted centers and bare aluminum rims. If I used the Mother’s or Meguiar’s metal polishes I use on my wheels on the paint, I soon won’t have any.

    The labeling on the B-J polish just points to the fact that the product is designed for mass market consumers. The average guy doesn’t think his clear coated aluminum wheels are painted and passing off a super mild polish as metal polish prevents the inevitable consumer complaints.

    I remember Meguiar’s labeling an acidic wheel consumer grade cleaner as “All-Wheel-Cleaner” when in fact it would damage bare aluminum. Yes, I have a couple of still sealed bottles in my garage.

    Similarly, most paint sealants sold through big box retailers are misnamed. The average Joe buys car wax and that’s exactly what the label says despite it containing 100% synthetic product with no wax in it.

    The truth is even most “car guys” don’t know much about detailing. That’s something I found out only after attending a couple of classes at Meguiar’s HQ in Irvine, California.

    I’m sorry I implied you didn’t do your homework. These consumer products are just dumbed down and mislabeled.