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Monday
Nov212011

Zenvo ST-1

Cool car...enjoy!

 

 

Saturday
Nov192011

Walk On By

Peter White performing a Contemporary Jazz version...enjoy!

 

Friday
Nov182011

Vroom Room 

Good Morning!

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room our usual cappuccino and biscotti is served, come in make yourself comfortable.

Yes...you can read our publication on a mobile/smart device.

Before we forget, in an age of social media, may we suggest that you take advantage of the various platforms, especially if you have not been served right. Why you should use social media, believe us it works very well in most instances. In our case the companies that we communicated with through social media responded promptly. In most instances not only responded, but resolved the issue to our satisfaction. 

Try it you will be surprised...usually pleasantly surprised.

Think about it, if more folks would take a few moments to communicate their dissatisfaction, it makes a huge difference, in how we are all treated when we spend our money, be it for a product or service.

The companies that have not been responsive, we make it a point to no longer do business with them.

We told you The Colonel was away for a few days, he took some photos...here. As well as reading "Steve Jobs" which is captivating, and its on special at Chapters for $25. While The Colonel was away, the Strada Crew had a few items rectified on his car. 

The LA Auto Show starts the 2012 show season, yes in the auto business new models be it good, bad, or exceptional are always exciting. Its always fascinating the see the brief comments about details on new vehicles. 

As you can imagine They Don't Know How To Sell Them, created interest, and hopefully provoked some thoughts...here. At some point we will discuss further why some vehicles don't sell, stay tuned. In case you had forgotten all our Officina entries are...here.

How fitting, as the price of oil goes beyond $100 a barrel, we have a Volt for a few days. Our first drive was 85 kms on our 400 series hoighways which was done half on the battery, and the other half on the ICE. 

Remember when money was paper and credit cards were plastic, its come full circle with our new polymer (plastic) money....yes we got one...

 

 

Thursday
Nov172011

More CR&S Duu

More Duu from CR&S, our coverage from 2 years ago...here.

How is your Italian?....enjoy!

 

Wednesday
Nov162011

They Don't Know How...

They Don't Know How To Sell Them!

Some time ago, in a conversation with an individual involved in the luxury car segment in Canada, I mentioned the ongoing Car Wars among the German manufacturers.

The conversation then gravitated that having an opportunity to experience a myriad of different vehicles. While observing how they compare, and sell in the Canadian market. Its fascinating to consider the various vehicles to their respective sales results.

I noted that certain Japanase luxury (entry) vehicles are "darn good", while mentioning some of our favorites. If you are a regular reader by now you know which Japanese luxury vehicles grasp our attention. 

In the rarified atmosphere of folks dealing with luxury vehicles in Canada, its often a case of mine is the best, and almost end of discussion in many instances.

This time the comment was thought provoking: 

They (Japanese) don't know how to sell them, and we (German) are taking full advantage of the situation. 

Reflect on the comment for a moment...especially "they don't know how to sell them" part. 

Another thought for your reflection:

In the mid 1980's Audi was an emerging / marginal player in the luxury market with the Audi 5000 accompanied by the Audi card. You remember Audi was confronted with several cases of "sudden acceleration" which evolved into an outright debacle, and PR disaster for Audi. 

A few years later Japanase manufacturers announced their offerings in the luxury segment. 

For reflection's sake its easy to concluded that Audi and the Japanese were all in the starting blocks together by the early 1990's. With Audi having a distinct disadvantage...

 

Let's take a look:

 .........................2009..........2010...............YTD Oct 2011

Audi...................11,310.......14,333.................14,727

Acura.................17,088.......17,340..................12,182

Infiniti..................7,081........8,233....................5,897

Lexus.................15,802.......14,249..................11,104

At the end of October the Germans (MerBimAu) are up by 10% from the previous year, the Japanese are down 12%. 

As an aside one of the Japanese manufacturer issued several press releases immediately after the unfortunate events of the tsunami, that they had enough inventory on the ground, and incoming that the effects of the tsunami would be minimal.

What do you think? Share your thoughts, leave a comment!