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Wednesday
Jul092014

The Golden Age

If you are of a certain age you lived through, and experienced the "golden age" of the automobile in North America...agreed you have to be a little older.

Lets set the stage:

Prior to WWII automobiles were becoming popular, and when the entire North American auto industry turned to wartime production. Yes it was what we know today as the Detroit 3. Auto production ceased for a few years, and when production resumed it was of old pre WWII models, engineering, and technology of the time.

Mid 1950's:

By the mid 1950's yes almost 10 years after the end of WWII, the golden age was emerging in North America, there was no competition, 6 cylinders were being replaced by V8's, cars had a frame, were big, heavy, gas was cheap, roads were being built to accommodate the increase in cars. 

Should we mention that the Detroit 3 had a license to print money, and GM was at the top of the Fortune 500. The auto industry was the economic miracle of North America. New assembly plants, more dealers, roads, gas stations, the emerging suburbia.

Mid 1960's:

The momentum that started in the mid 50's continued too gather strength, if you were in one form or another of the auto business you could do no wrong, accompanied by commensurate financial rewards. Think of this Chevrolet would sell 1,000,000 cars a year...

Mid 1970's:

The momentum was so strong that it endured in the mid 70's, by now the Detroit 3 enjoyed printing money so much, they were getting increasingly creative on saving money to print more money. 

The gas crisis, safety regulations, emission regulations were taking a toll on the product, profits, while Japanese competition was establishing a beach head in North America.

The winds of change were blowing, and you could sense that the golden age was becoming a done deal.

 

Tuesday
Jul082014

Autonomous Cars

A briliant demonstration by Hyundai for "adaptive cruise control" and "lane departure".

Each car is piloted by stunt drivers who, after engaging the Genesis adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist system, climb out of the speeding cars from the sunroof and leap, one by one, onto a flatbed truck driving alongside, leaving the cars “driverless.”

One driver remains in the lead car as a guide for the sedans that follow it around the track. The result is a smooth, evenly spaced convoy of vehicles, all staying in their lanes with the aid of lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise, and elegantly set to the Blue Danube Waltz. (For the demo, Hyundai modified the lane-keeping assist to stay on; typically, the system shuts off after a few seconds without a driver’s hands on the wheel.)


 

 

Saturday
Jul052014

Conversation with Joey Logano 

Informative interview with Jay Leno and Joey Logano...

 

Friday
Jul042014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, leave a comment.

Did you miss that GM dealers in the GTA are suing GM for the lack of sales and financial support. We have been wondering about GM's sale strategy in Canada for sometime, while going from 1st to last among the Detroit 3. We will never know the outcome of this lawsuit, although its clear that there is a communication breakdown between GM and some of its most influential long standing dealers.

Losing Pontiac in Canada was a major blow, GM Canada never grasped the gravity of losing Pontiac. With many Pontiac dealers becoming Korean dealers overnight aiding the Koreans to instantly increase their sales.

Think of Cadillac for a moment, superb world class product languishing in the market. Agreed we could keep on going ...

If you get the impression that recalls have little to even no influence on vehicle sales. Just look at GM with massive recalls while sales just keep on in the US, and submerge in Canada.

You should not be surprised that Mark Fields replaced Alan Mulally, its an orderly progression at Ford. Yes you will read a bunch of glowing reports about Mark Fields in the coming weeks and months.  

Canadian Sales:

June was another record month, with a record first half of 2014, while GM bites the dust with the Koreans breathing down its neck. A few years ago anyone telling you that the Korean would be trading paint with GM, it would have been laughable.

Pontiac dealers becoming Korean dealers...heresy, now its reality. 

Similar to real estate "Money for the Deal" powers sales and leases in Canada.

Impressive photo gallery from Goodwood...of older and newer race cars.

 

 

Thursday
Jul032014

Jaguar Project 7

Cool promotional video of the F Type Project 7...enjoy

 

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