By now you know that we take an interest in sales figures be it primarily for Canada, and a global perspective to have an improved understanding of the "global auto industry". As you know the auto industry went global decades ago.
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Global Sales YTD September 2010
Global sales are up 13.8% on a YTD basis at the end of September
European Sales YTD September 2010
European sales are down 3.5% on a year to date basis, with some countries comprising the largest markets down appreciably from the previous year.
China Sales YTD September 2010
Sales in China are up 38.7% from last year at the end of September, which confirms that China will again be the largest auto market on the planet for 2010.
Figures from JD Power
Totally cool video if the SLS AMG GT3 being tested!
Why do we have the feeling that they are testing 2 cars, looks like a team, Brembo brakes, replacing brake pads, OZ wheels, rain, telemetry...where will they race these cars?
It would be cool to see these cars run against Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW and so on....
Middle of the month, yes...5 Vroom Rooms (Friday's) this month, it happens every 11 years.
Make yourself comfortable, we have espresso and biscotti.
Driving east on the 401 on our way to Oshawa, there is a stretch in Whitby/Oshawa that is motorcycle alley, with the Honda Powerhouse on one side, GP Bikes on the north side renovating an existing building, and a little further down the road Mackie H-D. We often wondered what would occupy the previous BMW stand alone showroom. Yesterday we had the answer, Royal Distributing just opened a new location in Whitby.
The other day we conjured the thought that everyone should make their own history for their vehicle, you know the saying "Control your destiny (history) or someone else will".
This past week we reviewed a 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550 CPO, you may ask why we are reviewing CPO vehicles. Easy...they are almost new, and when they were new they were reviewed as new vehicles, we review them a few years later with the perspective and patina of a slightly used vehicle. We also think its cool to view a slightly older vehicle against newer vehicles, its makes for interesting editorial discussions. As you know CPO sales are going through the roof.
The other day we were reading that folks from Tier 3 print publications with limited circulation get invited to product launches, while folks with online publications with perhaps higher circulation/visibility are not invited. Those are the breaks, we never get invited to product launches, from our perspective its a higher priority to have our own publication with a dedicated readership, an opportunity to make a difference, than to be invited to a product launch.
A few months ago we mentioned that GM in our area closed a Pontiac/Buick and Chevrolet dealer, well they reopened the Chevrolet dealer with a different owner...the usual nothing as constant as change applies.
Have you ever noticed the chasm between what goes on at the "street level" and what some "automotive corporate dudes" (the suits) think is going on...its either comical or pathetic, depends which way you prefer to look at it. One thing is certain similar to GM, they will never acknowledge the validity or veracity of an outside opinion.
How often have we said that the Koreans are doing to the Japanese what the Japanese did to the Domestics a generation back...yes we agree quite a few times...this week The Autoextremist is saying the same thing...here.
A brief anecdote from The Colonel:
Some years back, the driver/security of a prominent Canadian brought the car for service, the trunk contained enough LV luggage to probably buy a Honda..."Take a look there's a Honda worth of LV in the trunk of the car".