AD #2384 – Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Details, Audi Delays e-tron Launch, Volvo Plans Level 4 AV

June 27th, 2018 at 11:42am

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0:28 Audi Delays e-tron Launch
0:58 Volvo Plans Level 4 Autonomous Car
1:40 Trump Tariffs Could Cost Consumers Billions
2:37 Magneti Marelli Develops Compact AV Sensors
3:40 Flights to Rome Project
4:41 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
5:43 Ram ProMaster Ditches Crosshair Grille

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27 Comments to “AD #2384 – Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Details, Audi Delays e-tron Launch, Volvo Plans Level 4 AV”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Hum average car price could go up $6000 and state sales tax average is around 7% which is $420 and its going to cost American consumers 45 billion which means they expect US auto sales to be 107 Million next year? Think Automotive alliance needs to take a math class.

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    I’m guessing that the 45 Billion number was applicable sales tax increase to all imported products. Cause for car buyers its only the $6420 for those that buy an imported cars which is only a percentage of the @ 17 Million.

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    In reference to the ‘trump tariffs’,At the G7 conference,President Trump proposed zero tarifs for all. Not one member thought it was a good idea. They still want us as their countries piggy bank. Give this some thought…

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The tariffs are taxes, which will be added to the price of cars. The $45B seems realistic based on a rough calculation guessing that 30% of cars are imported, with an average price of $35K. My guesses could be way off.

  5. Buzzerd Says:

    I find Aston’s styling so gorgeous, love those cars. That said if I had the money I’d probably still by a vette for a lot less money and the same performance or better and a huge dealer network.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #4 My guess was way low on percentage of cars imported. This article says 48%

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/charleswallace1/2018/05/24/trumps-threat-on-car-imports-will-only-hurt-u-s-consumers/

  7. XA351GT Says:

    So those taxes /tariffs would only affect cars assembled outside the US correct? If so it sounds like he is trying to force manufacturers to build them here. Is that a bad thing? It would also be a incentive to buy cars built here even if they don’t build more models here. Seeing as most if not all brands have at least a factory here those models would sell fairly well if they priced 6K less than foreign built competition. Seems to me like a Chicken Little worrying about this before we have a real good idea of what is going on and how it really will affect things .

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    #3 Hadn’t heard that, but that puts things in perspective. So tired of the irresponisible speculative reports of doom and gloom when all I have seen has been positive moves for Americans.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3, 8 If there were no tariffs at all, essentially all car manufacturing would move to low wage countries. Also, countries’ national debts would be even worse. One reason Trump wants tariffs, is to partly offset the tax cuts which overwhelmingly go to the very rich.

  10. John McElroy Says:

    #6. Kit, the US imports over 8 million vehicles a year, including those from Canada and Mexico.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Thanks for info, John.

  12. lisk Says:

    Back in the 70/80s when the importation of cars exploded, foreign countries pretty much wrote the US cars and trucks out of their sales chain due to tariffs. Vehicles were taxed heavily on cars that had over 2.0 litres (this applied to the domestic market as well) of displacement and vehicle width was also an issue. Since even Pinto & Vegas had 2.3L engines and GM/Ford/Chrysler already had European brands established, why go to trouble of setting up distribution chains to sell US branded cars? We couldn’t complain about the actual tariffs because the percentage to import the cars was pretty similar, so you really had no argument. The cars we had to offer were too wide for many of the roads, too heavy, and the engines were too big and taxed accordingly. (but not because they were imported).
    This quickly got out of hand and the big three weren’t really interested in exporting cars from the US (still true today) , but rather limiting the cars being imported. Now were are going to have a trade war. Autos are a big ticket item and attract a great deal of attention, but it’s the more common consumer goods that’s a greater part f the deficit. TVs, tires, metals, and things like staplers can be made in a foreign land, put on a boat, sit on a dock, pay union wages to get them off the dock, and then put them in the transport system (that’s when the playing field is the same), and still sell them at a profit cheaper than we can produce it. That’s where the problem lies.

  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Lambo2015: I watched the President’s news conference just yesterday,and that is exactly what he said.

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    #13 I did not see his news conference but I can imagine he would make a point to address the media. Which I don’t think is very presidential but hey his behavior never is.

  15. Fred Schmidt Says:

    Most of the press coverage did not want to report the no tariffs/taxes was turned down by the rest of the G7 members. I heard about it the next day after the meeting but it was drowned out by the Korea summit and Trudeau’s comments. The key to having no tariffs is very complex and that is why they will never go away with countries like Mexico and some of the Asian states. I for one want to see American auto workers come first. The unions will have to bargain to remain in existence or we will see more non union auto plants and OEM suppliers.

  16. Bryan Says:

    But wait a minute! Automonomus and ride sharing is the future!! Sales are supposed to drop dramatically they say! So what is the big deal? Here is an idea. Unless necessary, keep your car longer. It won’t kill you. If it ain’t broke and spending weeks at the shop, why get rid of it? I am guilty of this, so I can bring it up lol!

  17. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Fred #15: Yup,if it ain’t bad news about him,it’s nothing at all,or twisted out of shape.

    @ Byran # 16: Lol,yeah,funny how that is supposed to work ;}> I plan on keeping my 2015 van for at least another 3 or 4 years. I’m in no hurry to replace it yet.

    Autonomous and ride sharing: That in reality only works in cities,major hwys etc. I just don’t see it way out in Farmland USA for a long long time.Jmho,but no one seems to talk about that aspect ;}>

  18. Fred Schmidt Says:

    G.A. 17 We are in agreement about both of your points in your post. A/V and ride sharing will never be the majority of vehicles unless the design and architecture of Interstates and limited access highways change to deal with winter weather and roads in bad condition among other things. Then comes local roads which bring more challenges.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #16 I have bought way too many cars that I didn’t need, but that will stop. I have a well rounded fleet for a car nut, that will last the rest of my life, several times over.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 Uber, and airplanes once in a while would work for me, if I just wanted transportation, but that’s obviously not me, having four cars for one driver. I suspect less than 5% of the US population lives in area with no Uber, no taxis, and nothing within walking distance.

  21. Fred Schmidt Says:

    The big three Japanese car companies saw the future when in 1985 the started to build car in the USA, they were smart. They changed the car industry during the first gas crisis with what they built. The USA companies would be wise to watch what the Japanese do to cope with the tariff issues. They complain but they also act quickly to deal reality. My garage is a 2013 Honda and a 2014 Nissan. I almost bought a Ford last time but couldn’t see the over all quality with the Ford. I used to buy Fords from my first car in 1966 till my last one in 1998.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21 I had one of the first Hondas built in the U.S., a 1982 Gold Wing.

  23. Danny Turnpaugh Says:

    But nobody complains when the socialists want to raise taxes to give away everything for free..

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    But Trump/Ryan cut taxes mainly on the very wealthy, and plan to defund Social Security and Medicare which I depend on, to pay for the tax cuts.

  25. Kevin Says:

    You guys need to go back to Economics 101. If imported car prices go up due to tariffs, US car prices will ALSO rise. GM prices against Toyota on TOTAL price, including tariffs. Higher price foreign cars mean US car plants will become more profitable, although US owned foreign plants may shut down. GM USA profits up. GM Mexico and Canada go broke. The only loser is the US consumer.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25 When I was working for Delco Electronics, then part of GM, it was a major point of contention with the UAW when they first started doing some production in Singapore, and then Mexico. The company position was that they needed to save money on some of the production, in order to keep paying the wages and benefits to the the remaining union workers. I think that is true. If GM, Ford, or FCA moved all of their production now in Mexico to the U.S., they would need to raise car prices substantially, costing sales, or they would lose money and go broke if they kept prices the same.

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    BP is getting ready for plug-in cars.

    https://twitter.com/guardian/status/1012302303972544512