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Hi,

I am a proud owner of 2018 Chevy Volt.

But one thing that bothers me is those aluminum foils wrapping around some of the cables (?) inside the engine, like some duct tapes. They sure don't look professional and look like an unfinished project that was wrapped up in a hurry. I don't feel like those foils will last too long. The neat and professional look of Honda Clarity plug-in engine doesn't make me feel better.

I do hope GM does better on the 3rd generation Volt.

https://imgur.com/a/PCzaRBY

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Never liked the look of the Gen2 engine compartment, looks messy compare to Gen1.
 

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A little heat shield foil notwithstanding, the engine bay of the Gen2 Volt has fewer orange high voltage cables than the Gen1, overall a more integrated design.
 

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still awful looking under the hood,,gen1 at least looked good,if not great.
 

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Heat or RFI shielding ?
 

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If you look at the Chevy's engine, the exhaust exits the front of the head. The big shiny lump is the catalyst which runs around 1200 degrees, thus necessitating the heat shielding. The Honda's exhaust runs out the back of the head and if you remove the cover and take a peek back there you'll see plenty of shielding there, too. Same thing, just in a different spot.
 
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If you look at the Chevy's engine, the exhaust exits the front of the head. The big shiny lump is the catalyst which runs around 1200 degrees, thus necessitating the heat shielding.
That's what that is. I thought it might be heat shielding for the exhaust as it doesn't have turbo. My sister's JC Works Cooper had a similar thing sticking out the front to shield the turbo. They look like it was banged out of Coke cans, not pretty.
 

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Honda should have spent as much time on the outside unless they were really trying to get the 1950's concept car look. Prius Prime and the Clarity give a bad name to Industrial Design for cars. Makes you wonder if anyone actually stands back and takes a look at the whole car at Toyota and Honda.
 
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