AD #2339 – Maybach CUV Concept Gets a Trunk, Electric Busses Dent Oil Demand, DiDi Has Uber in Its Sights

April 24th, 2018 at 11:23am

Runtime: 5:50

0:29 Mercedes Reveals Maybach CUV Concept
1:42 Electric Busses Put Dent in Oil Demand
2:37 DiDi Expands, Getting Bigger
3:28 Lutz Says Chinese Won’t Get Much U.S. Market Share
4:28 Amazon Will Deliver to GM & Volvo Cars

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29 Comments to “AD #2339 – Maybach CUV Concept Gets a Trunk, Electric Busses Dent Oil Demand, DiDi Has Uber in Its Sights”

  1. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Wow…just can’t wait to buy a new car so amazon can deliver a package to it…Not!! To me Amazon having access to my house/car is creepy! I like Amazon for shopping but its becoming too much in your life driven for my tastes.

  2. George Ricci Says:

    Great idea to have packages delivered directly to cars. NOT. Last year there was over 30,000 car break-ins in San Francisco. That’s over 82 per day. Its not just stealing the package, but what about the damage to the car!

  3. WineGeek Says:

    I don’t think there will be many copies of the Maybach. It is frightfully ugly :)

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The original Mayback didn’t do so well; a electric CUV, zilch.

  5. Henri Says:

    The Maybach looks like a zombi Lincoln Town Car. Look for them at the airport painted black?

  6. XA351GT Says:

    That Maybach CUV looks like a 90′s Impala SS on 24s . Are they calling the Maybach Donk.

  7. Brett Cammack Says:

    I have been waiting for someone to replace the bed on a crew cab light pickup truck with something approximating a large, sedan-like trunk. It has always seemed like the logical progression.

  8. Buzzerd Says:

    China coming to the USA, so is that the real reason China dropped it’s rules on shared ownership? And speaking of China, 9,500 buses every 5 weeks! man, say what you want about them but it’s amazing what they can get done with out having to deal with lobbyists purchasing elected members.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It seems that M-B should just forget the Maybach sub-brand. Let Rolls-Royce and Bentley have the $200K+ passenger market. The only reason these cars exist, is for the rich to dispense with spare money, and most of them would rather go with a “legacy” ultra luxury brand.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 That is a great idea. It would make them much more practical, for the way these things are normally used, and they could refine the styling.

    They should also lower them. A friend recently replaced a 2001 Silverado with a new, basic 2WD F-150. He generally likes the new truck, but asks, “why did they lift this thing about 2 inches for no reason”? The needless lift makes the step-in uncomfortably high, and also compromises handling. It handles ok, even with the jacked up suspension, but would do better with a lower suspension height.

  11. Buzzerd Says:

    @Kit- one of the best delivery and or motorcycle , snow machine haulers was a dakota 2 wheel dr, with 8 foot box. Low to the ground and lots of room. A friend has an S10 with 7′ box and 4 wheel dr, close second, though he never puts anything in the box which is part of the reason it looks showroom clean.

  12. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    The Honda Ridgline for my needs and a lot of pickup buyers offers a nice blend of car like ride and features but still gives a bed for trips to the garden center or a nice camping trip. The biggest barrier for Honda to sell more of those is most people think only of Ford/Chevy/Ram for a pickup truck. The smaller mid size Chevy/Gmc and the future Ranger will be another hill for Honda to climb.

  13. Danny Turnpaugh Says:

    My crew cab has a fiberglass bed cover over the bed that is pretty flat, can be lifted like a trunk lid, locks and keeps everything out of sight. Great unless you want haul a refrigerator.

  14. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I had a ’98 S-10 extended cab (just the jump seat model) with standard bed with a hard-cover. It was great for hauling dry-goods, and while not a breeze to remove the hardshell (fiberglass), for the amount of times I needed it off, it wasn’t too bad. Also, commenting on the lower bed height and ease to get in the drivers and passenger seat; these are some of the reasons (some of us) are wishing for the smaller pickup. I blame the Dodge Dakota for the escalation of the small pickup to midsize and then on from there to where the current ‘mids’ are as big as the ‘used to be’ full sized models.

  15. Kevin Anderson Says:

    To reduce the total number of crude barrels refined, you need to reduce the use of ALL oil based fuels, not just diesel. Reducing just diesel just results in a surplus of diesel, lowering the diesel price and causing diesel to displace some other fuel until supply/demand is balanced again. Displacing a single type of fuel is a good thing, but the main effect is making the oil business less profitable, not reducing total crude oil consumption.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I had a ’95 S-10 regular cab, which I got mainly to see what I was “missing,” in not having a pickup, seeing so many pickups on the road. For my purposes, I was missing nothing, though the S-10 drove pretty well, with the 4.3/5-speed manual powertrain. I replaced the 75 series tires with 60′s, which made it handle much better, but I didn’t have a way to recalibrate the speedometer and odometer.

    For carrying regular “stuff,” and model airplanes, my ’89 minivan is much better than a pickup. When I need a new refrigerator every 25-30 years, I just have it delivered. If I want to transport a motorcycle or lawn tractor, I use a lightweight 4 x 8 tilt trailer that can be towed by almost anything.

  17. Todd T Says:

    I seem to remember Lutz saying the same about the Korean brands.

  18. Todd T Says:

    #7 Read more about how Chinese government works. It’s all about greasing palms.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    China is missing a golden opportunity to enter the U.S. market, small pickups, the size of S-10 and Ranger. There’s a plant available, probably cheap, in Normal, Illinois, if they want to build them here.

  20. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I still miss my 92 s10,regcab/longbed/4×4. 4.3L/auto. What a great little truck.Decent power,decent mpg’s,and would go damn near anywhere,reliably.

    I would love a truck that sized again.A 2.0L crd and a 6 spd auto. Air/cruise/bluetooth for my music. Hell yeah…

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Lutz’s area of expertise, more than predicting the future of the industry, seemed to be coming up with niche vehicles like Viper and Solstice, and championing retro wagons, PT Cruiser and HHR.

  22. Tom Says:

    That Maybach is looks ridiculous.

  23. kurt w Says:

    Sorry, but the Maybach CUV concept looks like a lifted, blocky sedan. Maybe the Chinese will love ‘em, but will be surprised if it makes a huge dent here.

  24. G.A.Branigan Says:

    That split window maybach,to put it politely,looks ridiculous.

  25. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    The Maybach is a clunky unbalanced design…it will be a weird direction to take a new vehicle….the perfect car/cuv decision for them to build.

  26. Terry Quinn Says:

    China replacing oil with electric buses might sound right, but China is still building some coal plants in China, and more outside of China. So is it really a big deal to have electric buses that get their power from coal, which is dirtier and more greenhouse-gassy than diesel buses?

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25 Electric buses are good for urban air quality, but greenhouse gases and acid rain, not so much, if the power comes from burning coal.

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 I’d think the Chinese spending $200K would rather have something else too, maybe a Flying Spur.

  29. wmb Says:

    As others have expressed this concept might look better if the rear end had more of a classic SUV or four door coupe shape to it. The more I look at it, I wonder if it would not look as awkward if it had less ground clearance? I mean for the most party, it will only be a Boulevard Bruiser and don’t most of these high-end SUVs have adjustable suspensions, to allow them to give them more ground clearance when it’s needed, right? In their defence, thought, many do complain able the two box look of SUV’s, so I have to applaud Mercedes for attempting to go against the norm with this. That being said, as “interesting” as his concept appears, IMHO, it is MUCH better looking then the Bentley Bentegay. For Maybach to stand with and against Bentley and Rolls Royce, it has got to be more then a trim of other Mercedes models! Sharing things under the skin with lesser vehicles has worked for RR and Bentley in the past, but what the customer sees and toughs has got to unique to the uber luxury brand. While the over all execution may need some work, Mercedes-Maybach is at least headed in the right direction