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Tuesday
Mar312015

Cars and Privacy

Back in the day of "mechanical cars" (if you were around during those days) they were a freedom machine, the social media platform, and the driver was 110% responsible for action of the car.

There was a genuine sense of independence and obvious no one was watching you. Especially "Big Brother". 

With the advent of computers, they early versions that simply controlled the engine, and the interaction between the engine and transmission. At the time this was innocent, and did not infringe on the freedom aspect of the car. 

As we inexorably progress towards the self driving car. You can quickly imagine the myriad of "black boxes" capturing data and transmitting data. Especially on your behavior in the car (vehicle). 

Agreed...your smart device is doing similar actions, but you can turn it off.

At some point if you get in an awkward or precarious situation with a car, "Big Brother" can instantly download your precise actions...need we say much more.

If you are travelling from A to B, again "Big Brother" can follow you, how fast you are going, what location and time. 

If you absolutely need to be connected:

Its probably a good thing, since you want "Big Brother" to look over you, on top of looking over you with your smart device. 

If you prefer to be disconnected:

You will certainly not appreciate knowing that several "black boxes" are constantly acquiring data as to what you are doing in the car. Not that you are doing anything untoward, unlawful; simply the idea that "Big Brother" is watching you.

If you have been reading Strada for a while you surely know where we stand, yes....DISCONNECTED. You can let you imagination roam for a moment and conjure a multitude of ramifications.  

We agree the Sunday morning motorcycle ride is priceless.

Here is the deal:

Perhaps some day we will see an ad for a car commanding a premium price that goes:

Offered 20XX Widget disconnected and free, no navigation, no satellite radio, no integrated emergency calling, no LTE, no Wifi, no lane departure, no adaptive cruise control...and more. A car that you actually have to drive to enjoy your freedom.

What do you think?

 

 

Saturday
Mar282015

Fab Fours Jeep Legend

Its does not get much more radical than this...get a walk around with Jay Leno.

 

 

 

 

Friday
Mar272015

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Night Shot - Action Express Corvette DPIts the last Friday of the month, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.

Last Saturday for a good while it sure looked like Porsche was going to clean up the GTLM class at Sebring. Yes...we are Corvette fans, and what a pleasant surprise when Corvette won the class. You know the saying "It ain't over till its over".

If you live in the GTA the cable companies currently offer poor coverage of motorsports...let's leave it at that. Accompanied by superb coverage of a myriad of never ending commecials.

Last week we shared our thoughts on Leadership Reality, this week a few events merely reinforced our position. Mind boggling what many folks do...truly WoW moments.

If you are in the auto business, if you are considering the purchase of a car, you must read "Making Car Buying Less Loathsome"...just scroll down to yesterday.

As we always mentioned, we review vehicles that attract our attention for one reason or another. Observing pundits reviewing vehicles they "do not like" for whatever reason is fascinating. Especially when the ego start emerging in the review.

If you are in Canada check out the Lifestyle Lookup...just enter your postal code. Its an interesting segmentation of Canadian postal codes.

The Jeremy Clarkson fracas at Top Gear...the classic case of putting too much of your ego, brand, where it does not belong...autotainment pushing all the limits.

Think of this...

The small block Chevy is 60 years old.

The 55 Chevy is 60 years old.

Our usual old race cars from the 1965 Sebring 12 Hours, read the story, view the photos from 50 years ago.

 

 

Thursday
Mar262015

Making Car Buying Less Loathsome

If you are in the auto business perhaps its not new, but its a must read.

If you are considering purchasing a vehicle, its a must read.

We urge you to take the time and/or bookmark the page.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Mar252015

Canada and the Auto Business

If you go by the numbers of auto ads on the various medias, either March will be a strong month, or its softer than expected and everyone is trying to get whatever they can out of the market.

Next week we will get a clearer picture.

The old saying "A vehicle is the second most expensive purchase next to a house". Must be a good thing that we are gravitating from ownership to mobility at a constant $500 per month.

For the past few years Canada has become a full fledged consumer economy empowered by free flowing money. We missed the bullet in the "great recession" of 2008/09 and morphed into a consumer economy.

Here is the deal...

Lean on CMS (Citizen Main Street) to consume more, empower CMS with inexpensive free flowing money to encourage him to consume even more.

The thought vector that Canadian companies were/are sitting on mountains of cash and should start investing in the Canadian economy got lost in a fog of changes. You have to wonder what happened to investing, creating jobs, to keep Canada going for the next generation.

Free flowing money has empowered record vehicle sales in Canada for the past couple of years. Yes...2014 was a record year, and this year started strong on top of a record year.

In the meantime...

The CDN dollar is in the dumpster, negatively impacting the confidence of CMS.

Price of oil is in the dumpster, with epic consequences across Canada.

Gas is not so cheap, a head of lettuce is not cheap, the same for coffee, and olive oil.

Pick up ads are touting 5 figure discounts/deals.

Vehicle sales in Alberta (3rd largest market in Canada) are steadily diminishing.

The mobility business model...

This model works well on a 24-36 month cycle, at 48-60 months most folks will have spent some money on consumables (tires,brakes,service) they are less tempted to change vehicles. If the confidence of CMS is shaken, lowered, with the current mobility model its easy to extend the trade cylce from 36 to 48 or 60 months.

As sales increase in the US with a rising tide of employment, consumer confidence, the opposite might just develop in Canada.

Month end March will be revealing.