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Aston Martin DB4 GT

A relaxing video of a DB4 "driven in anger"...enjoy



2018 Toyota Camry

In case you missed it we hold a special place for the Camry, similar to the Malibu. Its the 2nd car we reviewed back in 2009...yes a few years ago.

The 2018 Camry caught our attention...its a cool car with styling that graps our attentin from our perspective. We also know that styling sells.

A informative video on the 2018 Camry, the street version and the NASCAR version that will race at the Daytona 500 this year.




I'll Play the Blues

What do the "blues" have to do with cars? Hot rods, motorcyles, lead sleds, they all fit with blues, perhaps even some luxury cars in their own way fit too.

On the first Friday of 2017 we might as well start with some "blues" to bring in the New Year.

You know that we are fans of Albert King, here he is performing the classic "I'll Play the Blues for You"

Here is Joe Bonamassa performing the same "I'll Play the Blues for You", with a Gibson Flying V notice the name on the guitar if it would be played left handed same as Albert King. 




Canada @150

We always mention that time goes by very fast. A few days ago starting the New Year, watching the fireworks in Ottawa, while being aware that Canada is turning 150.

Canada Pavillion

It hit The Colonel that he was around when Canada turned 100 and Expo 67. Agreed you have to be of a certain age to have attended Expo 67 in Montreal.

First blush it was 50 years ago, 2 generations, where did the time go?

By 2017 standards its ancient human standards it was 50 years ago when Canada turned 100.

By car perspectives it was the middle of the muscle and pony car era, a 427 Corvette coupe with sidepipes, and 67 Camaro were new cars back then...reflect on this for just a moment.

While Boomers were coming of age.

The Vietnam war was going full swing.

The Cold War was enduring.

Woodstock was still a couple of years in the future.

As we progress this year we will make additional references to "Canada @150".





Canadian Consumer Debt

How often do we hear that CMS (Citizen Main Street) is swimming in debt. By now its a Canadian thing that every month CMS is swimming in a bigger pool of debt.

We will spare you the figures, and graphs. Its usually one sound bite accompanying another sound bite until you start connecting your own dots.

Here is the deal....

Consumer debt is through the roof again, excluding mortgages (consumer credit) it increased again.

Mortgages and the housing market lets not even go there...huge clouds all over the place.

Delinquency is almost at an all time low, seems like CMS still has money to make payments.

Yes...we know Alberta has been hit hard and delinquency is a little higher.

Its the eastern provinces that are increasing the level of consumer credit.

We could keep on going, but hopefully these sound bites are familiar to you too.

If mortgages are excluded, and credit card debt is under control with balances increasingly paid off on a monthly basis. You have to wonder "What's left?"

The second biggest purchase by CMS after a house is a car. Its a record year in Canada...never before have so many vehicles (trucks) been sold, especially in the eastern provinces (Ontario/Quebec).

What is driving up consumer credit (debt) in Canada? Simple automotive financing and leasing.

Will this trend continue in 2017?

Will CMS continue with "mobility for a monthly payment" in 2017?

Will manufacturers continue to enable "rolling over deficiencies" in 2017?

Will software continue the shift to a longer term to uphold a constant monthly payment in 2017?

What will happen if "somebody" steps in and disrupts the "roll over" and "pull ahead" guidelines?





Starting When Its Cold

This morning we have The Colonel enjoying a cappuccino with us, we will get his thoughts on cold starts in winter. Since there are a myriad of opinions and beliefs about starting a vehicle in winter, and letting it warm up. Lets see what The Colonel has to say...

Q: Colonel Good Morning, you look refreshed.

A: Thank You guys, its winter, its fresh...

Q: Tell us about starting the 63 Chevy from a few decades ago.

A: Lets set the stage here, 327, huge 4 barrel, no choke, no heat passages in the intake manifold, and old school motor oil, and an 8 liter oil pan.

Q: Did that car actually start in winter?

A: It sure did, but it was a process a)pump the gas a few times b) engine starts c) keep the engine running with the gas pedal d) until it could sort of idle by itself e) then start cleaning the snow or scrape the windows.

Q: That was quite the process...starting the motor and letting it idle by itself on the fast idle of the choke was out of the question?

A: Totally, it was a step by step process until you could drive the car, and lucky it had a manual transmission, to keep the engine alive until it really warmed up to oerating temperature.

Q: Would you do that today?

A: No, burt when one is young, at a time of chokes, carburetors, fast idle, ignition points, distrubutor caps. Adding a few steps to the process back then it was fun.

Q: Must have used a ton of gas in winter, no heat in the intake manifold.

A: Don't even ask...and a 5 blade fan to really suck more cold air through the radiator.

Q: If the car had an automatic transmission?

A: Forget would have been totally undriveable cold.

Q: Today with fuel injection, ignition coils, crankshaft firing, its a quantum leap ahead.

A: Absolutely...all cars start very easily, and are driveable even with an automatic transmission instantly.

Q: But some things probably don't change.

A: When its brutally cold like minus 25-30C there is still a fight going on between cold parts, cold oil (even if synthetic flows better), getting the water temperature gauge to at least move takes a while.

Q: At those temperatures when the thermostat opens the water temperature actually drops.

A: Precisely, and if its that cold and you are driving on the highway the temperature will stay lower too.

Q: We could have a lenthy discussion about warming up a car, or just driving away in winter.

A: Yes...we can have a long discussion about it. You could almost drive away instantly, and drive gingerly until the temperature starts getting sort of up there...on residential streets its feasable, once you get on a main road not as easy to drive gingerly.

Q: Very often you still have to scrape the windows, or clear snow from the vehicle, might as well let it idle (warm up) while you are doing that...

A: Precisely...that's when you notice all the odors coming from the exhaust system as everything warms up. Sort of like the odors from the 63 Chevy...




Genesis A New Luxury Brand


From the press release...

Today marks the launch of Genesis Motors Canada, a new entry into the automotive industry that will compete by going beyond simply delivering world-class vehicles, to exceeding customer expectations with a modern, human-centred purchase and ownership model.

Genesis will compete amongst the best automotive brands in the world with vehicles that deliver refined performance and athletic elegance in design. However, setting Genesis apart from competitors will be human-focused innovation creating a stress-free customer experience. Key to that approach will be a modern, comprehensive online platform to empower a luxury automotive customer in ways unique to the industry.

For example, potential owners will be able to schedule a “Genesis at Home” demonstration and vehicle test drive with a Genesis representative at a location of their choosing. They can even complete lease or finance paperwork, make a deposit, and place an order for a new vehicle through the digital platform from the comfort of their home or office.

Equally important, all quotes are transparent, with set, all-inclusive pricing. As a result, every price for a Genesis vehicle not only includes delivery and destination charges typically added-on at purchase, but also services such as complimentary scheduled maintenance and navigation software updates for 5 years or 100,000 km. Further, the Genesis at Home concierge service extends from the purchase process into the ownership period where customers can have their vehicle picked up for scheduled maintenance, left a courtesy vehicle, and returned when complete.

How new is the Genesis? Our review of the 2010 Genesis its been around for a few years.

Agreed...Hyundai faced a steep uphill vector from the outset with the Genesis brand and subsequently with Equus...a formidable challenge.

Its refreshing to see Hyundai apply their Genesis knowledge curve from the past few years, and take a fresh, innovative, and disruptive approach in selling the Genesis cars in Canada.

Simple...forget visiting a dealer showroom, we will come to you.

Say what you want, its refreshingly disruptive, and Genesis deserves credit for disrupting the business model.

Is it going to work?

Imagine for a moment...the Genesis factory comes to you, and you agree to a 12 or 24 or 36 month subscription to a Genesis. Never leave your home or office, with full valet service and a replacement vehicle when the Genesis requires service. 

Its a superlative CX (customer experience)....

PS - Take a moment to browse the Genesis site.



Time Flies

The other day we were reflecting that time is accelerating even more while gaining increased momentum.

We could have a discussion that perhaps its all relative to one thing or another, and to various situations, or different stages in life or the business cycle.

At one point we remembered "Tempus Fugit" coined by the Roman poet Virgil who passed away at 19 BC. Yes...tempus fugit is a couple of thousand years old, and resonates more today than with an historical sun dial.

Which at one point or another begs the productive are we with our time? Starting with our own personal time.

Empowered by technology how much "stuff" could we really do in one day (24 hours) and how much stuff are we really doing? 

How much "stuff" do we get involved with, or have to endure that is not productive?

We could keep on going, but you surely get the vector of our thoughts. need to accelerate your usage of time.




The First Snowfall

We are in Canada, at some point it gets colder, and we will get snow. Been like that for centuries.

Although if you listen to the media in 2016 its an exception, a few degress centigrade on the minus side is suddenly cold. Go figure when minus 1C is cold for Canada.

The first snowfall of the season, same thing its as if it never snowed before, a shock to the system. 

Oh...we have to plow roads, we have to clean airport ramps, in short we have to deal with the snow, its Canada, its winter its normal to have snow.

Agreed...windy conditions can ice up stretches of roads, we know that too.

But it still comes as a surprise to many folks that its Canada, its winter, we get snow, wind, wind chill, icy patches on roads.

Should you have winter tires? What do you think?

The first snowfall reinforces the reality that slush, blowing snow, probably not the best thing for AV's (autonomous vehicles)...reflect on this.




Disrupt Yourself

Are we on a disruption trend? What do you think?

An infomative white paper.