AD #2173 – China’s Great Wall Wants Jeep, Mass. Tax on Autonomous Vehicles, Mercedes Unveils Stunning Concept

August 21st, 2017 at 11:50am

Runtime: 7:35

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- China’s Great Wall Confirms Interest in Jeep
- Home Depot Signs Deal with Tesla
- Delphi Backs Solid-State LiDAR
- Massachusetts Taxes Autonomous Vehicles
- Acura Reveals New Prototype Race Car
- Mercedes-Maybach’s Stunning Pebble Beach Concept
- Mercedes to Sponsor Video Game Tournaments

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21 Comments to “AD #2173 – China’s Great Wall Wants Jeep, Mass. Tax on Autonomous Vehicles, Mercedes Unveils Stunning Concept”

  1. Drew Says:

    The M-B PB Maybach Concept is absolutely stunning.

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    In as far as styling is highly subjective, let me say that I think that the Maybach is not that appealing to me; in fact, front view is just about 100% Buick (to my eye).

    Massachusetts needs to further define their tax on autonomy; surely all autonomy vehicles will NOT be electric.

  3. Barry Rector Says:

    John,
    If Great Wall would purchase Jeep, do you feel there could be a back lash from US buyers that the iconic nameplate is a Chinese company? I sure do.

  4. G.A.Branigan Says:

    If the profits from Jeep and Ram weren’t used to prop up fiat,alfa,and maserati,there would be no need for as sale or partnership.It seems like the red headed step child is supporting the whole family.

  5. Lisk Says:

    How does Massachusetts justify a 2.5 cent per mile charge for AVs? Based on that formula, a 40mpg car would be paying 90 cents a gallon in taxes, not the 26.5 taxed per gallon currently. It looks like vehicles getting just 15 mpg would have the same “road usage” to gas tax ratio.

    The Maybach 6- nothing but stunning. It looks like M-B is giving their convertible concepts a similar nautical theme that Rolls has done recently.

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Barry R: Yes,absolutely.

  7. Roger Blose Says:

    All of those free loading Teslas need to start paying up for the roads they wear out just like all of us with gas and diesel. Add to that the Gov’t EV incentives and you have a great deal if you can afford the entry price.

  8. MJBTV Says:

    Taxassachusetts, I am so happy I do not live there.

  9. Lex Says:

    My Suggestion to the State of Massachusetts is to add a flat $300.00 a year registration / road tax onto EV’s calculated in this way(12,0000 miles times 2.5 cents per mile). This is a very simple way to recapture those lost gasoline tax revenue.

    Option # 2 is that upon the annual Safety Inspection the vehicle’s mileage is recorded and at the next annual safety inspection the new mileage is recorded and the actual miles that were drive is determined and taxed at that time using the same 2.5 cents per mile.
    That rate can always be adjusted as determine by State Government.

  10. BobD Says:

    The legislators of Massachusetts are just looking for an excuse to generate revenue. Reasonably taxing EVs to equate to a similar non-EV car is fine, but autonomy has nothing to do with it, and to claim most cars in the future will be EVs is just an excuse to capitalize on an upcoming trend. And how do you even define autonomy. Does Cadillac Super-Cruise start costing the owner every time they push the cruise button? To take this to the extreme, I can see some state starting to charge for autonomy because the accidents go down, and the taxes are needed to compensate insurance companies and unemployed emergency workers/ first responders.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If FCA sells Jeep and Ram, there is no chance of the remainder surviving, unless someone else wants to buy other parts of the company. If GM wants to get back into the van business, they might want Chrysler.

    I’d think there would be backlash if a Chinese company owned Jeep, but maybe not. People don’t care where products are made, as with iPhones, so maybe they wouldn’t care who owns the company.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m probably in a minority here, but I like gas tax, but it encourages conservation of a fuel that has multiple detrimental effects on the planet. EV’s should be taxed on miles driven, but I don’t see why autonomous cars should be treated differently. It doesn’t really matter what Mass is talking about anyway, since it will be decades before autonomous cars exist.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s getting a lot darker here in central Indiana, even though the sun is out.

  14. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Let’s face it Jeep IS FCA; selling it will cripple the rest (maybe even be the end of some of the remnants.

  15. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Eclipse came and went, went from clouds to a few great views; Charleston, full eclipse for about 1:45 minutes, truly some wonderful sights and memories.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 On TV, it looked like they had nice lightning at Charleston, to go with the eclipse.

  17. Chuck Grenci Says:

    16, yes northwest of my location there was a thunderstorm; my daughter was in the storm (and missed the eclipse because of it). :(

  18. Tuck&roll Says:

    Mass tax. No surprise there. My neighbor to the south lives up to their name, Taxachusetts. But those nitwits move up here to NH and try to pull the same taxing tricks. And to say they are doing this now to avoid backlash is appalling. Just part of the taxing slide of hand. Thank god im retired now and do not have to give those idiots my hard earned money. When will their cousins out west pull the same trick? They have always wanted to tax mileage and forcing EVs sets them up. “It’s only fair”.

  19. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Tuck&roll: They have been trying the same thing here in whoregon for at least the last 3 or 4 years.We don’t need,or want no steekin’ mileage tax.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17, On TV, they were at the navy base, and you could see the eclipse, and the lightning in the distance. It sounds like your daughter wasn’t so lucky.

  21. Mark Says:

    That MB Vision looks like a 1960′s concept car, and time has passed it by.