AD #2391 – Lamborghini’s Sales on Fire, Tesla Loses $7,500 Tax Credit, Maserati Unveils High Performance Levante

July 13th, 2018 at 11:58am

Runtime: 10:01

0:29 Lamborghini Sales on Fire
0:55 Maserati Unveils High Performance Levante
1:33 Genesis G70 Details
3:05 Honda & Panasonic Test Swappable Batteries
3:40 Tesla Loses $7,500 Tax Credit
4:37 Autonomous Vehicle Fail
5:19 Mercedes Resurrects 1930’s Land Speed Record Car
6:54 Seats About to Become Smart Devices

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16 Comments to “AD #2391 – Lamborghini’s Sales on Fire, Tesla Loses $7,500 Tax Credit, Maserati Unveils High Performance Levante”

  1. Ki Says:

    Why don’t they put the naturally aspirated 3.8 V6 from the G80 in the Stinger and G70? That non-turbo engine was a lot of why a friend bought a G80, and would also help sell G70 and Stinger. Not everyone wants a turbocharger (or two).

  2. XA351GT Says:

    I really don’t understand why there are $7500 incentives on a Tesla. If some has a 100K to throw at any car they don’t need the taxpayers helping to pay for it. If the cars are as good as advertised they should sell themselves . It’s like affirmative action for cars. They all want to be looked at as equal ,but we are going to tilt the playing field so one can get a advantage over the rest.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean; The Urus will not be Lamborghini’s first SUV. Google the Lamborghini LM002 made from 1986 thru 1993.

  4. ArtG Says:

    Lamborghinis were literally on fire this week:

  5. Bob Wilson Says:

    Personally I would like to see the Federal Tax cut for all electric vehicles taper down with the Tesla phase out. It would equalize all electric makers including the laggards who built a small number of ‘compliance’ cars.

    The best incentive would be one to a dealer when they sell an EV, a direct to profit incentive. We find the dealers are the ones standing in the way of EV adoption. This justifies Tesla skipping the dealers.

    Pay the dealers to sell EVs and adoption rates would sky rocket.

  6. phred Says:

    A “smart seat” is another pricey accessory that no consumer is clamoring for. This company is attempting to create a money stream …or “demand” for something you do not need or even want by spinning it as a technological break thru!

  7. Brett Cammack Says:

    Part of winning in business is inventing a product that nobody knew they wanted before they saw or experienced it. I’m old enough to recall the common wisdom that nobody in their right mind would have any use for a computer in their home.

  8. Lambo2015 Says:

    #5 Bob why are dealers not selling EV’s? Is the margin on those vehicles a lot lower? Because I dont see why a dealer would care, other than maybe not having the trained staff to service them.
    The government has offered subsidies and tax breaks on everything from putting insulation in your home to buying a high efficiency furnace. But those discounts and breaks have always gone to the consumer and not the sales force offering those items. Nor would I think the dealers should get the incentives to sell a product. If the product is in demand and consumers want them I doubt salespeople would stand in their way. They would just shop around until the found a dealer that is interested in selling an EV. My guess is the problem is the demand just isnt there yet.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 Other than modern engine controls, my favorite innovation in cars was the electronically tuned radio. That was something I didn’t know I wanted in ~1978 when it came along, but it didn’t take long to know I liked it. I could actually tune to a radio frequency easily, and the presets stayed set, unlike with those mechanical slides.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5, 8 My experience has been that “mainstream” car dealers don’t even know how EV’s work, and they clearly aren’t prepared to sell them. You go into a Chevy or Ford dealer, wanting to test drive a Bolt or Focus EV, and the sales people don’t know if they have one. Then, if they find that they do have one, they don’t know if it is sufficiently charged for a 10-15 mile test drive. That doesn’t do much to increase “demand.”

    If a Chevy dealer put a charged and ready to test drive Bolt in a prominent place at their dealership, with a sign saying “ready for test drives” or similar, people would check it out, and a certain number would buy one as a commuter car, after finding out how well it drives. You don’t see that where I am.

  11. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lambo – Thanks for pointing this out. And worse still, I know all about the LM002. Sometimes I think I shut off the thinking part of my brain when I’m reading a script. At times I feel like Ron Burgundy. ;)

  12. Ziggy Says:

    I’m waiting for the Lear seat that can “self-service” me, let me know when that comes out Lear mouthpiece.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Ziggy, there could be law suits for driver distraction.

  14. Ziggy Says:

    13 Kit, you’re right, but it could go a long way towards relieving stress and road rage :)

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Yep, that is true.

  16. Bob Wilson Says:

    My web link is to an article, one of many, that independently report dealers are especially incompetent selling EVs. But I have taken three test drives at local dealer and found each failed.

    The Toyota dealer sales critter had never seen anyone get 99 MPG in a 2016 Prius Level 3. The Hyundai dealer could barely operate the tripmeter controls and had not clue about how it worked. The recent Honda Insight test again revealed the salesman did not know how to operate the tripmeter and was astounded when I got 60 MPH (ended the test drive so he doesn’t know what it can do.) Then the Chevy Volt was equally grim.

    The salesmen report EV and plug-in customers come in with more technical data than they have. Yet they will still try to put the customer in a gasser.