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Tuesday
Jan172017

Air Bags

Of all the safety features on any vehicles the air bag was one of the first developed over 40 years ago by General Motors.

Think about this...the air bag is 40 years old.

It goes back to when folks in many instances adamantly refused to buckle up a seat belt in a vehicle. The air bag was there to protect these folks that were refusing to buckle up.

Now its widespread on videos. But way back in the early days of air bags, seeing a vehicle pulled towards a solid barrier with dummies not buckled up; clearly depicted the violence of coming to a sudden stop. Perhaps we still overlook the violent effects of coming to a sudden stop with a vehicle.

Today we jump in any vehicle a quickly overlook the fact that we are surrounded by a bunch of instantly inflatable bags.

Just like coming to a sudden stop is violent, an inflating air bag is just as violent since it has to deploy in a few milliseconds.

Perhaps you remember when air bags were deploying with such force that smaller adults and children could be injured by the air bag.

The bottom line is that all vehicles offer better protection to occupants because of air bags in case of an accident. Yes...you still need to buckle up.

Obvious that if air bags start grenading, spreading shrapnel when they deploy its a problem...its a huge problem. This problem has been ongoing for a couple of years now with a regular announcement of new cases/possibilities.

You have to wonder who knew what, where, when, how can this keep on going for such a long time?

 

 

 

Saturday
Jan142017

1969 Camaro

This is a totally cool Camaro from the Ring Brothers, get a comprehensive walk around with Jay Leno and the Ring Brothers...

 

 

Thursday
Oct272016

2017 Camaro ZL1

Go for a lap around the 'Ring with the new ZL1 with an automatic transmission.

 

 

Friday
Sep232016

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room make yourself comfortable enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, and tell your friends to visit.

Its the 2nd day of Fall...

If you missed our coverage of the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance...click.

Unifor settled with GM, and Oshawa as well as St.Catherine will remain open for the foreseable future. Yes...its a good thing for everyone. It was interesting to see the initial bluster on the part of GM that they would close Oshawa in the near future, great tactics.

The inexorable march towards utility vehicles, and trucks continues unabated in the Canadian market. You have to wonder when it will stop, or if it will stop at some point. Its obvious that everyone is seeking a multi use vehicle which is more versatile than a car. Yes...the station wagon in its new form endures.

We spent time with a Cadillac CT6 Platinum (top of the line) and a Subaru Impreza WRX STi we will publish the reviews in the next few days. Both are impressive cars.

As we progress towards autonomous vehicles (AV) you can certainly grasp the dramatic changes that will occur in the insurance industry. It will be a case of Big Brother watching 24/7/365 reflect on this for a moment. We are on a vector of relegating our privacy to a myriad of sensors, and data bases...click.

The unconnected vehicle might just command a premium price in the future. What do you think.

If you dislike shoes with laces like we do, here is a cool self lacing Nike...click. What does it have to do with cars...not much.

As we all wait for interest rates to rise, the Canadian economy to shift to a higher gear; and while we keep on waiting CMS (Citizen Main Street) keeps on borrowing more money. The loan terms on vehicles remain long, real estate prices in the GTA are through the roof, and the Canadian dollar persists in the dumpster.

If you have the feeling that "something" is increasingly disconnected from "something" else...we agree with you. Good thing that money flows freely and that CMS keeps the whole thing going, and going, and going.

If you have read that CADA (Canadian Automobile Dealer Association) continues to stick to their position of keeping banks out of vehicle leasing, and by now have the feeling that its an archaic, and antiquated position we agree with you. From our perspective Canadian banks have had an uplifting effect in providing financial services to the auto business. Some banks are funding manufacturer branded financial services, including the lease portfolios. Indirectly some Canadian banks are already in the leasing business.

Our usual old race cars from the Goodwood Revival 2016.

 

 

Friday
Apr152016

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti join the conversation.

As you have probably heard Ed Welburn is retiring as head of Design for GM. A few years back we had the opportunity to be a participant in a presentation from Ed Welburn. Yes...it struck us that he was a cool car dude.

Some individuals in the auto business exude coolness, and Ed is one of those, upholding a tradition started by Harley Earl, and continued by Bill Mitchell. Did you know that a few decades back The Colonel had the unique opportunity to visit the Styling building at the GM tech center.

By now you know...we are firm believers that "styling" sells.

Have you noticed how folks in the auto business in Canada have a tendency of mixing up US information / data / opinions with Canada. We are a different country, and if the old times 10 rule would apply they would be close to 20M not 17M new units in the US. What do you think?

If you are in Canada and are just becoming aware / focusing on Certified Pre Owned, that has literally been around for at least a couple of decades. You have to ask yourself where you were hiding.

Have you noticed that the price of gas, a barrel of oil, and the CDN dollar are creeping up lately. Gas we know in the GTA gas companies have an issue with gas below $1.00 a liter. The barrel of oil from our perspective some folks on this planet are realising that market share, and low prices are a costly experiment. Although a compelling wake up call for everyone. The CDN dollar is tied at the hip with the barrel of oil.

Our usual old race cars from HMSA LSR Invitational 2016...impressive photography.

 

 

 

Thursday
Mar102016

Headlamps and Taillights

If perhaps as a kid you remember the single 7 inch 6 volt headlamp, tell us about it.

If you remember the evolution of single to dual round, and dual rectangular headlamps, to halogen lights, we could keep on going but you surely grasp our thought vector.

During the past few years headlamps offer a light show, and brand recognition for numerous vehicles. Think of it in many instances you can tell the make of a vehicle simply by the shape generated by the LED component of the headlamps.

With the ongoing evolution towards LED headlamps, now they are even cooler in design, and brighter too, perhaps too bright at times.

Way back in the day, most kids could tell the make of cars by the shape of the taillight...if you remember those days, you surely want to tell us about it.

Today its a light show out there.

Here is the deal

The other day on a 400 series highway we come across a bold set of vertical LED taillights, you can spot them from a good distance, and yes...its a Slade.

How can you miss the massive vertical taillights of an Escalade?

How much time and energy was invested in designing those tailights?

They sure are bright too.

Agreed...the Slade is an over the top example its in your face, and you immediately know what it is. Most vehicles have cool taillights that are distinctive.

If you have noticed during the photo shoot of the vehicles we review the lights are always on. And we make it a point the show the headlamps and taillights of the vehicles.

At times you get these moments where a vehicle on the road momentarily grasps your attention and this Slade just captured our attention.

If the taillights are bold and in your face, the LED headlamps are simply impressive.

Vertical design same as the taillights.

The headlamps make a compelling statement same as the taillights. Yes...they invested considerable resources in designing the headlamps too.

If you have noticed LED headlamps are comprised of individual rectangular elements. You could almost call them "individual bulbs". Low beam will light up so many, and high beam the remaining elements. Yes...they can be individually aimed for an imporved lighting pattern.

Its a light show at night, and a long way from the 7 inch 6 volt round headlamps.

 

 

Thursday
Jan072016

What Happened To Station Wagons?

On several occasions we have made references to the current crop of "utility" vehicles being the modern or current versions of station wagons from way back in the day.

Think of this, current sales of utility vehicles are through the roof, while sales of station wagons were always subdued, to now being almost non existent.

What is the deal with station wagons?

At one time there was a wagon version of almost every car line and model of cars offered by every manufacturer. There was literally a compact car wagon to a full size wagon. The more popular versions were the full size with a frame, a bigger than smaller engine, and a towing option to enhance the versatility of the usefulness of the wagon.

1975 Buick Estate Wagon

You can quickly imagine a mid size, and full size utility vehicle instead of wagons in the photo. Keep in mind that wagons have an improved rear biased weight distribution than a sedan...these full size wagons with a positraction rear axle were solid performers in snow.

Some years later...

1993 Subaru Lagacy Wagon AWD

As we all know there have been all wheel drive versions of wagons offered by several manufacturers through the years. 

The criteria was to offer a wagon that was at the same or only marginally higher ride height than a car. The wagon was/is the utility version of the car.

Perhaps because Ford did not have a Suburban, think of this now...50 years ago they offered the Bronco as a smaller sized alternative.

1966 Ford Bronco

Here is a utility vehicle with an appreciably higher ride height than a car, or station wagon, that is completely utilitarian especially with a solid front axle, and locking hubs.

The increased ride height has a strong feminine appeal...keep the thought.

At one point, with technology enabling simplified all wheel drive application, the final steps in morphing the station wagon and a utility vehicle were possible.

The rest as we say is history...

The station wagon had a niche, the utility vehicle had a niche, morph the 2 together with a higher ride height, and suddenly its a market with a huge potential.