AD #2348 – Poor Levante Sales Hurt Maserati, Mazda Turns It Around, Lyft Partners with Aptiv

May 7th, 2018 at 11:40am

Runtime: 8:09

0:32 DOJ Protects VW’s CEO
1:14 Mazda Turns It Around
1:58 Lyft Partners with Aptiv
3:04 Maserati In Trouble
4:00 Weekend Race Results
5:24 CAFE Vs. Gas Tax

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24 Comments to “AD #2348 – Poor Levante Sales Hurt Maserati, Mazda Turns It Around, Lyft Partners with Aptiv”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The Maserati’s of my youth were eye catching and breath taking; their SUV, not so much. In fact, to me, it looks like a Buick (with too busy of a styling). Personally I’d be happier in a Buick (Enclave).

  2. phred Says:

    Wonderful! Another elitist telling the masses what is best for them yet he lives a totally insulated lifestyle!Social Engineering at its truthful worst!

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Gas tax,pure bs. Just another excuse to put an additional financial burden on the working folks that HAVE to drive to work etc. Also,raising the fuel taxes on farmers?? Whatever the govt taxes,it doesn’t go to the infrastructure ie roads/bridges etc. Now it all goes to social engineering,freebies/welfare etc. I’m glad I’m old.

  4. Kevin Anderson Says:

    If you want something to go away, you tax it. If you want more of it, you subsidize it. EVs are already subsidized. The only amazing thing is that the gas tax has not yet been raised to finance that subsidy! Maybe that is next.

  5. Buzzerd Says:

    usual responses when you mention gas tax, everyone wants – better roads, better bridges, more roads but no one wants to pay. just keep putting it on the credit card with everything else.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If you want a less attractive Buick CUV with a Ferrari engine (sort of), Maserati has your number. Like Chuck, though, I think I’d take the Buick, and save a lot of money.

    Having spent some time in Europe, I have always liked the results of higher gas taxes. I like sharing the road with more cars, and fewer 6000 pound trucks, and I like the better maintained roads. I even like that some of the gas tax might be used to subsidize various forms of mass transit. More people riding trains, means less traffic on the roads.

    Also, though, I have always felt that gas tax in America should be raised gradually, not by a large amount at once, so people can gradually adjust to more expensive fuel, when the time comes to replace vehicles.

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I want better roads/bridges/infrastructure, and as long as the tax is earmarked for these things then I am not opposed. The oil companies (and countries), sometimes arbitrarily because the market will bear it, raise prices, 10/20/or more cents seemingly within weeks. A $0.25 tax increase would be quickly absorbed and would more than double the current fed tax; make it law that the moneys collected MUST be used for roads (or at least transportation) and just do it.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The gas tax, and a lot of unrelated tax money goes to supporting road traffic.

    https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2015/05/debunking-the-myth-that-only-drivers-pay-for-roads/393134/

  9. john fortman Says:

    the problem with the gas tax is it is put in the general fund, not all is used for roads, in Maine it paid for bike paths, trails and other non road things.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 Read this article:

    https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2015/05/debunking-the-myth-that-only-drivers-pay-for-roads/393134/

    Gas tax doesn’t come close to funding roads, and hasn’t for many years, if ever. More money comes from other sources.

  11. omegatalon Says:

    One way to get around the gas tax and still create extremely high carbon emissions is driving high end electric vehicles; they’re electric so there’s no gas tax and because they consume big amounts of electricity still generates huge amounts of CO2.

  12. Ed Says:

    I agree #1 does not look like it costs.
    And about gas tax, it’s like all the different blends of fuel winter / summer , and north / south, different needs for different areas. The transportation needs of people on the east and west coast are completely different from those in the center flyover states. It takes a comprehensive plan to cover all the areas. We are not like Europe. When CA CARB comes up with plans it may be good for them in their region but not for those in say New Mexico, Texas , or Nebraska.

  13. XA351GT Says:

    Maybe if these road projects didn’t have such a high price tag for little reason I wouldn’t care as much. When I see over 60-70 of every gallon I buy go to road tax and then still deal with some of the worst roads and bridges in the country I makes me wonder where is the money going? Then I see 5 guys making nearly $75 @ hour including benefits standing around leaning on a shovel while one guy is working it irritates me. Then I see projects drag out for years ,but if a bonus is offered the job is done in months. Sorry that just p*sses me off.

  14. Ukendoit Says:

    Re: charging vehicles during service; watch the link on my name above; there is a cord in the trunk that can be plugged in to any standard outlet with minimal effort or cost to the dealership. I don’t think that would be unreasonable to do for a customer upon request.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 If, at some point, EV’s make up a significant portion of the cars on the road, that will need to be addressed, either by a mileage tax, or putting extra tax on the power used for charging them.

    As far as carbon emissions, it depends on where the power comes from. Power from wind, solar, hydro, or nuclear is a lot different from power generated by burning coal. Even with Indiana’s power from coal, it’s not as bad as it seems, since electric cars are about 3 times as efficient as gas cars. There is loss in the generation and distribution of power, but it takes a lot of energy to extract oil from the ground, and refine it into motor fuel. A true, overall comparison is hard to come by.

  16. Ukendoit Says:

    Re: charging vehicles during service; watch the link on my name above, there is a cord in the trunk that can be plugged in to any standard outlet with minimal effort or cost to the dealership. I don’t think that would be unreasonable to do for a customer upon request.

  17. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    #3,13 I agree with your posts. In NJ last year our gas tax was raised and nothing with the roads have improved..same crap response when asking about getting the roads repaired from the government hacks in Trenton and countylevels.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #15 Either the gas tax, or other taxes need to be raised some more. The gas tax is still providing only about half what it costs to maintain and build roads.

    No, I’m not saying things are being done very efficiently, in NJ or elsewhere. The same construction projects have been underway for about 12 years in my area in Florida.

  19. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    #16 NJ has just about the highest taxes in the country. Its corruption and bad management that has caused our roads in NJ to be horrible. The tax structure is so bad that there are more people leaving NJ than move here. Its too many social feel good projects that are sucking up way to much tax revenue along with a state employee retirement fund mess that could never pay for itself. NJ has a massive rat hole where money disappears regardless what it is supposed to be used for funding. Yet I can travel to Delaware or Pennsylvania where taxes are much lower and the roads are fine. If we give them more tax money, it won’t change anything.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 PA has the highest gas tax in the country, about 20c/gallon higher than NJ, but yeah, probably most other taxes are lower in PA.

    Delaware has relatively low gas tax. Somehow, Delaware became the “state of incorperation” for zillions of companies. Does that make the state lots of money?

  21. Danny Turnpaugh Says:

    Socialism is alive and strong, yeah raise those gas taxes and think everyone should drive what you think they should.

  22. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    18 Pennsylvania offsets that with much lower taxes elsewhere, but its less corruption and more frugal expenses with other areas of spending. Yes Delaware does have lots of corporations there for tax reasons so they were smart to do this to help their residents keeps taxes low…smart planning versus dumb crooks in NJ. They also get things done better with less money going in a rat hole. Here in NJ it doesn’t matter whether we have democrat or republican governor, both have been for decades lousy. I lived in Florida from 98 to 03 to care of my wifes parents and it was nice to have lower taxes and very good roads. Moved back to NJ to be near my family.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 It almost seems that Delaware is sort of the Monaco of the U S. Well, not quite, but the biggest city, Wilmington, is under 100K population, and the only interstate going through is 30-some miles of I-95.

    Florida sticks it to visitors on taxes, with very high hotel and rental car taxes. We have it easy on road maintenance, not having freezing and thawing to deal with.

  24. Stephen Says:

    High fuel taxes in Europe makes it valuable as a main source of general revenue as its not ringfenced or linked to any metrics on how prices should rise or fall. It could be fixed by mandating that any federal tax revenue increase is ringfenced by law to be spent on transportation (yes incl some portion allowed to build public transport and infrastructure) within each state. That way states and the governments don’t see it as nice piggy bank to be raided. Here in Europe we are now trying to switch car buyers from buying everything in diesel which while offering better mpg, also led to higher non carbon emissions.
    Detroit bleats that cheap fuel means customers are not willing to pay more for better mpg. We all saw what happened when higher fuel prices meant detroit gas guzzlers rusted on the dealer car lot. A modest increase over 4-5yrs is best with some link to inflation and even a tax cut if oil rises in price too fast over a set timeframe. States are afraid of drivers seeking a lower price for gas in a nearby state. WHat happens when prices have to rise fast to deal with rebuilding climate change damage and emission have to be cut much faster than any gradual plan. Then again if your bank can just issue cheap debt and offer you never ending credit like the US Gov and gilt investors then why bother with any taxes- just borrow as much as you want.