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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 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.




Canadian Sales First Half 2014

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





Vroom Room

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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.





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 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 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.




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.