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Friday
Nov072014

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.

For whatever reason we had the opportunity to watch the final few laps, the restarts, and the altercation in pit lane live last Sunday. A clear indication of the evolution of NASCAR, although entertaining to a point, the silliness of the restarts which have more of an entertainment value, than race value was obvious. Emotions run high, overshadowing good sense...lets leave it at that.

Canadian Sales in October:

As anticipated October was a continuation of the first 9 months. We are seeing the ongoing migration from sedans to station wagons (CUV/SUV). More important after all the comments and opinions are expressed from the great recession to cheap gas. We are seeing a dramatic paradigm shift in how Canadians view their transportation needs, and solve those needs.

This paradigm shift will spur changes in the Canadian auto business in the coming months, and years. Stay tuned for more...

You have noticed the plummeting price of gas, it looks downright inexpensive at $1.19 a liter. There are some dynamic forces on a global basis impacting the current (inexpensive) price of gas.

Have you noticed that as more dealers go to a myriad of social media/technology conferences, in 2014 the best way to sell vehicles and close deals is the old fashioned "sales event/private sale". Its been going on for decades, and it remains the "premier" route to sell vehicles and close deals in 2014. 

It reinforces the lack of Craftsmanship in the Showroom.

Today we might have a few too many links...here goes The Colonel spent an evening in Victoria with Rudi Koniczek a few decades ago. Back then the 300 SL's were not in the millions but still expensive. You would not expect Rudi to change.

Our usual old race cars...an extensive photo coverage of the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona.

 

 

Friday
Oct032014

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, leave a comment.

Its a new month, we are back to fully engaged reality, with the expected increased turmoil in the world, and a ton of opinions on the Canadian economy, and the dollar.

Yes...we knew it was coming during the summer.

In case you missed our latest ebook "Behind Closed Doors"...Click. We are certain that you will find it interesting, captivating, and revealing.

As we move closer to "connected cars" and self driving cars. Old school mechanical cars are starting to look totally archaic, although easily restorable. You have to wonder about the challenges that these new cars will pose decades from now in the restoration process. By then the software to operate many of the features will be long gone.

Think about this for a moment.

Have you noticed how the mainstream media is increasingly in the eyeball business. Literally rehashing the same stories, photos, content, over and over in their quest to capture more eyeballs. 

In an atmosphere of diminished attention span, humans just "shut down" to ingesting the same s#&t over and over. 

Canadian Sales:

A record September, and a record 3rd quarter. Fascinating results when everyone fires on all cylinders, gets the game plan, and the money flows freely. Let's not forget new models too. It literally took years to arrive at this juncture in Canada. 

As expected trucks are increasing their popularity and market share.

Finally GM throttled up in September with a strong month...

Canada:

We are increasingly reading opinions by pundits that Canada is falling behind. A couple of years ago we mentioned that Canadian companies were sitting on mountains of cash, while the conomy was relying on the Canadian consumer, and cheap money. 

We are seeing the results of a lack of "corporate leadership and innovation" in Canada. Cheap money from the banks has camouflaged a myriad of weaknesses, while increasing a wave of consumption. 

Canadian auto sales are one effect of cheap money.

The Corvette Z06 has a 0 to 60 of 2.95 seconds with an 8 speed automatic...impressive.

Old and new cars at The Maserati Centennial 2014.

 

 

 

Friday
Sep052014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Painting by Jay KokaIts Friday, its the Vroom Room, the cappuccino and biscotti are served, join the conversation, leave a comment.

Lets start with a bit if nostalgia from 2 years ago...The Strada Garage.

Canadian Sales

What can you say for August, yes...an epic month in an epic year. Impressive when most manufacturers are firing on all cylinders, and the funding/leasing keeps on flowing. To repeat ourselves, for whatever reasons it took a few years to reach a juncture where every manufacturers gets competitive.

In case you did not know the auto business is very competitive, always was, always will be, and when everyone decides to start trading paint...its wonderful to see.

You may have noticed that this past week we got warmed up for the last stretch of reality to the end of the year. Scroll down to take a look. We hope that you have used the past few days to align yourself out of the Dog Days of Summer, refreshed, reenergised, and back into reality.

The Colonel (our official writer/blogger) is almost caught up, he has a few minor details to complete. He had a busy start of the year, and it got even crazier for him during the past few months. Kudos to the guy for keeping it up, and rarely missing a beat. It would have been easier for him the put somethings aside.

Yes...the passion runs deep...

We are working on a few "thoughts" that have captured our imagination during the summer, we will keep you informed of how they develop in the coming weeks.

Old cars and stunning photography from the Coppa d'Oro Delle Dolomiti 2014.

 

 

Friday
Aug082014

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

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

 

Canadian Sales:

What can we say, July was an month of epic results. As we said when most manufacturers are firing on all cylnders, reinforced by free flowing cheap money to fund purchases, leases, and deal with deficiencies...it generates records.

The biggest winner is the Canadian consumer when they acquire a vehicle.

Cost Cutting:

Imagine for a moment if products would have a "cost cutting" content on their spec sheets, labels, ingredient lists. It would be interesting...what do you think?

To get your curiosity going for the various events starting today in Monterey, an informative Monterey Schedule and photo gallery.

 

 

Monday
Jul142014

Canadian Sales First Half 2014

Our thoughts on Canadian Sales for the First Half of 2014...