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    Infiniti To Reveal An Electric Crossover Concept At Detroit

      Will also preview a new modular platform


    Infiniti will be debuting another electric concept at next month's Detroit Auto Show. The Japanese automaker has released a teaser showing off a curvaceous crossover. The details we can pull from this image include slim LED headlights, light-up badging, cameras taking the place of the side-view mirrors, and a sloping roofline.

    "The concept car we will show in Detroit is the beginning of a new era for INFINITI, and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand. Electrification and other new technologies have given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy," said Karim Habib, Executive Design Director, INFINITI in a statement.

    The concept will also debut a new modular platform that was built with electrification in mind. The platform, expected to debut on a production model in 2021, will be able to use parallel hybrid and pure electric powertrains. 

    Source: Infiniti


    On Road to Electrification, INFINITI previews future fully-electric crossover, Showcases new EV platform

    • North American International Auto Show world premiere of future fully-electric INFINITI crossover
    • INFINITI to showcase a new EV platform
    • INFINITI celebrating 30 years in 2019

    HONG KONG – INFINITI will preview a vision for its first fully-electric crossover at The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January, revealing a new form design language for electrification, infused with Japanese DNA. INFINITI made its global debut 30 years ago at the NAIAS.

    The advent of electrified platforms heralds a fresh approach to what crossover and sedan platforms look like, both inside and out. With new exterior proportions, electrification also gifts interior space, enabling spacious, and lounge-like interiors, rich in welcoming and assistive technologies.

    In January, the company announced INFINITI would electrify its portfolio from 2021 onward, using either e-power (serial hybrid) or pure EV powertrains.

    "Thirty years ago, as a 24-year old designer in the audience, I saw the birth of INFINITI in person and am proud to be part of the journey of creating iconic luxury automobiles," said Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President for Global Design, Nissan Motor Co. "Now, 30 years later, Q Inspiration shows how new proportions triggered by the new electrified power of INFINITI has inspired a new direction, a new visual language. Alongside our Prototype 10 Pebble Beach Concept, both designs embody a deep simplicity inspired by the technology within and a new artistry inspired by our unique culture and of course our roots in Japan."

    The Q Inspiration, revealed at the 2018 NAIAS, and Prototype 10, seen at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d 'Elegance, both provided elements of a futuristic design language. At the 2019 NAIAS in January, these elements will come together to provide the clearest vision yet of the future of INFINITI in an era of electrified design.

    "The concept car we will show in Detroit is the beginning of a new era for INFINITI, and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand. Electrification and other new technologies have given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy," said Karim Habib, Executive Design Director, INFINITI.

    "The industry is at a technological inflection point," said Roland Krueger, Chairman and Global President of INFINITI Motor Co. "As such, INFINITI has a compelling vision as a luxury challenger brand to bring a full portfolio of beautifully-designed electric vehicles to customers around the world. We will focus on developing the full portfolio of e-power and EVs."

    INFINITI recently reported the best November sales in the brand's 29-year history.

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    On 12/14/2018 at 8:09 PM, riviera74 said:

    One question: where is the Cadillac equivalent?

    Or the Lincoln equivalent?

    On 12/14/2018 at 7:25 PM, ocnblu said:

    Resembles a turd that's been in the desert for 23 years, baking in the sun.  See?  It's turned black.

    I love the rational and thoughtful responses here at C and G.

    On 12/14/2018 at 11:21 AM, dfelt said:

    That looks HOT! Very excited to see what they show. :metal:

    Yes, but In finity's design language of everything that reaches actual production is rather ungainly. Hard pass based on finalized product appearance of everything they have released since....the beginning of production.

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    On 12/17/2018 at 12:57 PM, A Horse With No Name said:

    Or the Lincoln equivalent?

    They don't have a full EV but the Aviator is going to be a hybrid with "at least 30 miles of electric range". 

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    48 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    They don't have a full EV but the Aviator is going to be a hybrid with "at least 30 miles of electric range". 

    Hybrids are still where it's at for now in terms of electrification.... especially with the output the Aviator GT is promising. 

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    55 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    They don't have a full EV but the Aviator is going to be a hybrid with "at least 30 miles of electric range". 

    Good for them!

    5 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Hybrids are still where it's at for now in terms of electrification.... especially with the output the Aviator GT is promising. 

    Indeed...

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    9 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Hybrids are still where it's at for now in terms of electrification.... especially with the output the Aviator GT is promising. 

    I completely agree. A hybrid that offers 100% EV mode is perfect, imo. 

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    I think the electric crossover concepts are going to be the hot thing over the next year or 2 of auto shows, with all these brands getting multiple on market in the early 2020s.  It will be like a tidal wave.   Tesla is outselling Infiniti, Acura, Lincoln, and Cadillac now, they outsold Audi in the USA in 2018 and Tesla is selling more expensive cars than those 5 are.  

     

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    • Seems South Korea Battery Giant Samsung is the official battery supplier to Rivian with their Li-Ion SDI battery cells. At the start the R1T will ship with the standard 135 kWH battery pack good for 300 plus miles. Early 2022 the Max pack 180 kWH battery pack for 400 miles as well as the lite pack of 105 kWH battery pack will join the options. Currently Rivian is beating all rivals with the best battery warranty of 8yrs or 175,000 miles which ever comes first. To quote Rivian on their Warranty for their auto's: What is the warranty coverage on a new Rivian? New Vehicle Limited Warranty is included on all new R1S and R1T vehicles purchased from Rivian. New Vehicle Limited Warranties include: Comprehensive: The cost of all parts and labor necessary for any defective materials are covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first Battery Pack: Coverage includes all components inside the high-voltage battery and 70% or more of the battery capacity for 8 years or 175,000 miles, whichever comes first Drivetrain: Coverage includes the drivetrain and components for 8 years or 175,000 miles, whichever comes first Corrosion (Perforation): Body panels that are perforated by corrosion will be covered for 8 years with unlimited miles A full list of warranty coverage will be located in the Warranty Guide prior to production vehicles being available for purchase. What is the warranty coverage on a new Rivian? - Support Center - Rivian Charged EVs | Samsung SDI to be Rivian’s battery cell supplier - Charged EVs I have to say that the OEMs in Detroit as well as Tesla need to pay attention as Rivian is offering a far superior auto warranty over any of them.
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    • I stand corrected. I guess one can... It is more accurate to say: Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.   If you look for beauty, you will find it. And by contrast, if you look for ugliness and faults, you will find that too... It all depends on what you want to find.     
    • October 5th, 2020 Hino Trucks, a subsidiary of The Toyota Group Company announced their Project "Z". This was the Company's development plan to offer zero emissions vehicles (ZEV) for class 4 to 8 medium and heavy duty trucks in the North American market with customer demonstrations in 2022 and production starting in 2024. Project Z was a development plan to bring Fuel Cell and BEV to the whole medium and heavy duty product line for customers along side Diesel as the industry started to convert over. The long 5 year plan was expected due to the continued R&D that would be needed on Diesel trucks to meet global emission standards and the development time for fuel cell and BEV trucks. During the Virtual 2021 NTEA Work Truck Show, Hino Trucks announced their intent to produce all class 4 to 8 trucks using Cummins engines for sale in North America. This is the Cummins B6.7 and L9 motors to start being produced in the Hino's L and XL Series models at the end of 2021. Additional models moving forward will come out to cover all truck lines allowing for a much reduced investment in R&D while at the same time allowing Hino to ramp up their efforts to move over sooner to a Zero Emission fleet of trucks. As such, this announcement allows Hino and Cummins to secure long term diesel motor production for existing sales of such trucks and Hino is able to focus on Zero Emission vehicles (ZEV) using BEV and Fuel Cell technology. Hino has now moved up their time line with production of Fuel Cell and BEV trucks in Q4 of 2022 with full production by the end of 2023 rather than the end of 2024. A couple of take aways from both the Cummins and Hino announcements and projects: Hino can shift resources from Diesel R&D to Project Z. Cummins secures long term diesel powertrain commitments. Both OEMs secure a new partnership that helps offset R&D investments. Cummins partnership contracts for diesel powertrain also secures revenue stream allowing Cummins to invest in their own ZEV Powertrains. Both companies have stronger long term growth prospects with this partnership allowing both stocks to grow. Additional commitments by HINO to the battery production industry securing large size battery cell production contracts. Battery suppliers another grow industry to consider. HINO is a very popular truck line used in inner city deliveries as well as the suburbs and rural areas. Having a diverse portfolio of ZEV and Diesel trucks with a solid know power train from Cummins is a win win for Fleet buyers. Hino is lookin to lead the medium / heavy duty truck market in North America as well as around the world being ready for the needs of ZEV solutions while strongly supporting the needs of Diesel fleets. View full article
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