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Friday
Apr042014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

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

Is Spring finally in the air?

A statement by Peter Drucker...

The educated person will therefore have to be prepared to live and work simultaneously in two cultures--that of the "intellectual," who focuses on words and ideas, and that of the "manager," who focuses on people and work.

A statement by Phillip Roth...

The young especially live according to beliefs that are thought up for them by the society's most unthinking people and by the businesses least impeded by innocent ends. Ingeniously as their parents and teachers may attempt to protect the young from being drawn, to their detriment, into the moronic amusement park that is now universal, the preponderance of the power is not with them.

We urge you to reflect on these 2 statements, especially if you are in the auto business. While taking a monent to connect a few dots that capture your attention.

It will be informative and fascinating to see how the GM ignition switch investigation, debacle develops in the coming weeks. The opening round this week was perhaps as expected with the anticipated posturing from all concerned. At some point additional transparency will be shed on "modifying a part, not changing the part number" mystery.

Talking of GM, the product is dramatically better that the sales numbers indicate in Canada. It remains a mystery (you think) as to why GM is not selling more. One gets the feeling that GM refuses to double down, start selling, start winning. Go figure, and yes we could keep on going...

Canadian Sales:

A good March comparable to previous years, and a strong first quarter. As expected some manufacturers gained sales, while others faltered, fair to say that most throttle up in March to arrive at a satisfactory first quarter. Its been a "rugged winter" while keeping in mind that most folks use the Internet which is not affected by climatic conditions.

Our usual old race cars from the Goodwood Members Meeting.

 

 

 

Friday
Mar142014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

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

A bit of Internet Nostalgia, with websites from back in the day.

You surely read that Bill Ford Sr. passed away last Sunday.

If you have been around hot rods for a few years, you must remember the Stroker McGurk cartoons by Tom Medley, at one time they were a fixture.

This past week there have been enough political events in Canada and Quebec to fire up, fuel up, a gazillion pundits, with a gazillion perspectives of the same thing, with a gazillion twists. Perhaps we should ask The Colonel to chime in...at some point. However not a bad thing to see "disruption" in the Canadian political landscape.

In the meantime its fascinating, and in some ways instructive to see the different perspectives, thought vectors. One gains considerable time. Anything to do with the acceleration of cycle time? What do you think?

Tomorrow is the 12 hours of Sebring, yes we are Corvette Racing fans.

Its also the start of the F1 season with the Australian GP...it will be fascinating to see Kimi and Fernando drive for the same team, the interactions, the drama.

What to say about GM's ignition switch recall/problem? Let's wait till all the facts are known, in the meantime its not a pretty picture...especially "if" GM knew all along...and the bankruptcy was to clean out all the skeletons. The folks that kept the car key seperate from their other keys probably never had a problem. Possible that since the model years were all within the "old GM" it remained in the closet. Lets wait for all the facts.

Canadian Sales:

A strong February, although some manufacturers had a stumble, still a strong February. The trend towards various forms of "utility vehicles" endures. Back in the day they would have been station wagons...think about this for a moment. The arrival of certain new models are cannibalising sales from established models, it will be interesting to see how it develops in the coming months.

In case you did not know, the best selling Porsche in Canada is a truck. With the arrival of the Macan it will continue to be a truck, and Porsche will continue to be a strong "money machine".

Our usual old race cars from Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, as well as the Best of Show.

 

 

Friday
Dec062013

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Maserati is 100 years oldIts Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation. 

As you know in a major metro area driving and commuting is not a pleasant undertaking; we had to pick up a car and took the "back roads" and an additional 30 minutes to reach our destination. Occasionally taking a slower drive and appreciating the sites is a good change of pace.

On the return, we initially caught a glimpse and then drove by a new "premium economy" car (we will not mention the make) on the 401, in the flow of traffic its lost among all the other vehicles with at best limited street presence. It quickly answered in our minds, "how far you can stretch luxury?"

Canadian Sales for November:

What can we say...another strong month, the strongest November in many years, and literally a through the roof year to date. Subaru is totally impressive this year...strong performance. While GM remains in 3rd place. If we were wondering what would happen if all the manufacturers smoothly fired on all cylinders, and making their own luck this year is the perfect indication.

In case you missed it, we started the month with Current Reality, its a good way to close the year and start looking at 2014. Consider this scenario...after CMS (Citizen Main Street) has carried the Canadian economy for the past few years, lets drop the Canadian dollar, and see if we can revive Canadian exports. 

This week we started Social Selling with a look back to ad perspective, we will continue on a regular basis. Yes...its something that is close to our "hearts"...more to come.

On a different note, if you are looking for a whimsical Christmas stocking stuffer take a look at Happy Socks

Maserati starts celebrating its 100 anniversary this month, as you can imagine it will go on all year for 2014...the fork in the logo is a "tridente".

Mustang will be 50 years old...think about this Mustang launched 50 years ago...look at this photo of a 1965 Mustang and suddenly it all starts to "sink in".

The priceless lesson from Nelson Mandela is that "You can..."

Our usual old race cars from the East African Safari Classic, a bit of water, dust, mud, and superb photography.

 


Friday
Nov082013

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

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

Think about this, it was 5 years ago amid immense economic turmoil in the US, that Detroit was in deep yogurt, and in some form of denial. Events that we never imagined were possible, suddenly became reality. Every pundit had an opinion, a view, a perspective, there must still be a myriad of hard drives full of the various opinions.

One thing we realised, it was no longer going to be the same for a variety of reason, be it the auto industry, as well as the economy in general...five years ago we shared our thoughts in New Reality. Agreed at some point we should revisit, and have a chat with The Colonel.

If you are of a certain age, you remember reading about the Cannonbal Run in Car and Driver...the one that started at the Red Ball Garage, finished at the Portofino Inn, with Brock Yates a prominent figure for many years. It seems that Ed Bolian has broken the record again to less that 30 hours. You can read all the details in Jalopnik.

Canadian Sales for October...spectacular...trending in uncharted territory. Its always interesting when everyone steps up to play their best game starting the last quarter on a strong note.

Our usual old cars from La Festa Mille Miglia 2013...notice the Japanese license plates.

 

 

 

Monday
Sep092013

Canadian Sales August 2013

Sales are soaringWe prefer to do our quarterly reviews, from our perspective they are more meaninglful and compelling in grasping the various strategies, and tactics.

So why are we spending time on August?

Simple, during the Dog Days of Summer Canadian sales have exploded, no other word really...just plain exploded. Especially at a time when one manufacturer has something new, another something old, and another something to move.

Its totally cool to see everyone in moving the iron mode and sales soaring.

Refreshing to see most manufacturer throttling up on a monthly basis, instead of the every other month basis in a tactial attempt to maximise profits.

Its a better playing field in Canada this year with the majority of manufacturers firing on all cylinders, with less excuses, and pretexts for lackadaisical sales results. 

How does one repeat this next year, good question, which reinforces why we look at quarterly sales with increased interest.

Lets consider 2 points:

1- At a budget per month, and meeting the budget amount, while forgetting the term. What stops any consumer from trading a vehicle for another, and perhaps in some instances the monthly payment is decreased.

2- Dynamic pricing and financing/leasing programs on new vehicles exert a downward pricing pressure on recent (1 to 3 year) used vehicles.

Lets see what September will bring.