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Friday
Sep262014

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Painting by Jay KokaIts Friday, its the Vroom Room, make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti. Join the conversation, leave a comment.

Even Blackberry who at one time was the undisputed leader (think Cadillac) in smart devices, recalibrated their price (lower than the competition) with their new offering. 

Today we talk about safety, flaws, and recalls. During the glory days of muscle cars the one constant was that you could not stop them. These cars had 400 HP under the hood, and 200 HP in braking capabilities, and it was perfectly normal. 

Imagine the digital comments that would flow today "Little Johnny just acquired XYZ with a high performance engine, bench seat, lap belts, manual steering, manual drum brakes". You can finish the story that on a Saturday night Little Johnny and his friends were exuberant......

In hindsight it was a good thing that most of those cars had 3.55 - 3.73 - 4.11 gears in the differential and would run out of revs keeping the terminal speed somewhat lower, although the acceleration was constantly overpowering the brakes. 

We are on the cusp of our 8th anniversary of publishing Strada, stay tuned.

We often hear from a real estate perspective the glut of condos being built in Toronto as an example. Interesting that no one mentions the lack of parking facilities for many of these condos. Let's look at a simple example, a 500 unit condo with only 50 underground parking spaces. Of the 50 spaces many will be occupied by a car sharing service.

Last week Thoughts on Cadillac generated interest. This week Cadillac announced their move to New York City. What do you think? 

Impressive photo gallery of the Goodwood Revival 2014 Behind the Scene

 

 

Thursday
Sep182014

Thoughts on Cadillac

The Colonel just joined us for a coffee, and since the latest price revelation on Cadillac we are anxious to have The Colonel share his thoughts. Lets get going.

Q: Colonel, you look prepared and aggressive this morning.

A: Thanks guys, its my usual persona, perhaps a little too aggressive.

Q: Cadillacs were "The Standard of the World" at one time.

A: That was a few generations ago, when I was a kid a Cadillac was the standard of the world.

Q: What happened?

A: I had an epiphany in the mid 1980's when Mercedes-Benz launched the 300E and Cadillac launched the Cimarron. One car became a world class benchmark, the other became the subject of jokes.

Q: Anything else?

A: In the same time frame or a few years earlier, the old folks of that time coming out of the recession of the early 1980's were trading in their Cadillacs in droves for German cars.

Q: At that time not only were they losing existing customers, they did not have a product to attract new customers.

A: Precisely, here was Cadillac pounding itself into the ground.

Q: Today Cadillac has a good product.

A: In 2014 we can say that most Cadillacs are phenomenal cars, they are literally world class.

Q: That good?

A: Absolutely, you don't expect it, but they are that good, if not better.

Q: You are saying that anyone that did not get close to a Cadillac in a while if they would experience an ATS or a CTS would be totally impressed with the cars.

A: Yes, they would even wonder why it took them so long to catch on...that they are good cars. 

Q: Such good cars and their sales are sporadic.

A: Isn't that a challenge, good cars and not selling enough of them to secure a position in the segments.

Q: The SRX does reasonably well in Canada?

A: Yes...its getting old since the resouces were placed on the sedans.

Q: What is the problem? 

A: Simple, PRICE.

Q: Are you implying that they are too much money? 

A: At times its bewildering to watch GM deploy their pricing strategies, and the market conveying a blunt sledgehammer message to GM. Its the same with Cadillac, its a clear message from the market.

Q: How about the Cadillac leadership which has gone through a revolving door of late.

A: That did not help, and this latest leadership is not helping either reinforcing the surrent pricing strategy.

Q: You had misgivings about this latest leadership move.

A: Absolutely, huge doubts, and now its totally scary. Cadillac just told their competition that they are going to sit on the sidelines for the next decade until the market comes to them. 

Q: Its the story of superb cars with a flawed selling strategy, and now encouraging its competition.

A: Its scary in its simplicity.

 

 

Friday
Jul182014

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.

 

Lets start with Johan de Nysschen going to Cadillac, perhaps its as good as its going to get for Cadillac in the short term. It begs the question "Is there no one at GM that has a clue how to sell/lease Cadillacs?" We have just seen the answer...they don't.

If you have had an opportunity to experience an ATS, and CTS they are impressive cars, truly capable on a global basis, and set standards on their own. The business model has been there for a few decades on how to climb up the luxury car food chain. For some reason the folks at Cadillac are in denial, and refuse to see it, and acknowledge. 

On a spreadsheet and powerpoint a CTS is worth the same money as the German rivals, in reality a CTS has to be a good deal to grasp further attention, gain more traction and momentum.

Lets hope that with de Nysschen it will go beyond going from an ATS to a QTS (could not help the sarcasm).

An overview of some routine maintenance costs on supercars, agreed our Project 200K is positively benign (sort of), even if the car does not appreciate.

Its the Indy in Toronto this week end.

Our usual old race cars from behind the scene at the LeMans Classic.

 

 

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.

 

 

Friday
Jun202014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

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

Yes we moved last Friday, moving is disruptive, we are acquiring our momentum in our new editorial office. This new office is surrounded by nature, with a bigger parking area to accommodate our vehicles. 

Before we forget...the view from the office windows is more relaxing too.

Think about this...when people are very good at what they do they make it look simple, easy, and in its own way artistic. Do you sometimes get the feeling that today we thrive on adding layers of complexity instead of simplicity. The other day we coined a term "navigating the BS/AH". Here's a hint the B is for bull and the H is for hole, you can certainly fill in the blanks.

You have to wonder what is going on at Cadillac with "sales chiefs" flying around in the revolving door. While world class vehicles (Cadillac) are not selling as expected.

Audi winning LeMans again...wow...takes your breath away.

Corvette Racing did quite well too coming in second in their class.

An impressive photo gallery to give you a flavour of Le Mans.