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Vroom Room

Good Morning!

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

Agreed...Spring is in the air.

With all the talk on the various media platforms of a brutal, never ending winter, auto sales for the first quarter are up by 1%...go figure...its easy everyone does their "vehicle shopping" through technology, only visiting the dealer to close a deal.

Mind you its still brutal for dealers who coped with the snow and cold.

Our quarterly ebook on Canadian Sales continues to gain popularity and momentum, if you think its worthwhile please pass it along to your friends.

If you are curious to see what the actual "ignition switch" and the small spring looks like, the folks at Machine Design have conveniently taken one apart.

Lately we getting a lesson on the frailty of technology...its paradoxical that technology can be empowering, and also frail and vulnerable. We have always urged you to be your own editor, which also implies to have your own sense of direction, discretion, security, when it comes to technology.

With gas at $1.50 a liter for premium we arrive at the "pain treshold" it will be revealing to see how the pricing of gas develops in the coming weeks. Especially the impact on vehicle selection.

Yes...we conveyed our thougths and prayers to the family of @JimFlaherty on Twitter. 

Our usual old race cars from Goodwood.




General Motors

If you have been involved in this business for a few decades you perhaps read "My Years with General Motors" by Alfred P. Sloan, are aware that Peter Drucker used GM as a management model, and perhaps even remember the golden years of GM. 

You probably also remember the GM of the mid 1970's and onward...

If you are a little younger, this is a succinct review of GM, and its decline...






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.





The GM Recall

Informative video of Mary Barra on the recall...

An informative overview of the ignition switch




Vroom Room

Good Morning!

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

Yes...Ayrton Senna would have been 54 today...check out the Google Doodle.

By the frequency of ads, manufacturers as expected are seeking a strong March, and first quarter in Canada. Yes its a good time to buy or lease a "car", make that a "utility vehicle" of one shape or another. Lets see how March and the quarter develop.

A revealing conversation by Stephen Poloz of the Bank of Canada. What does it have to do with auto sales in Canada? Perhaps very little or a ton. What do you think?

Yes...we are working on a few "thoughts" for the coming weeks, stay tuned for our next ebook of 2014.

Yesterday was the first day of spring, birds are starting to chirp in the morning, must be that time of year, or we surely hope it is that time of year.

When we think that technology has every possibility covered, the entire planet continues to wonder, and speculate how "we" can lose a plane with 239 beings. Our prayers and hearts go out to all the folks seeking closure in this unfortunate incident.

The GM recall...what can you say...something got lost somewhere, perhaps someone else did not pay attention. Then GM reinvented itself from a walk on the brink, and it got lost again. At the time it was probably an inexpensive GM is getting an incredible amount of coverage on the various media platforms. 

Anyone in the auto business has an understanding of used vehicles, even if its only a basic understanding. The individuals with an extensive knowledge base, have known for decades that a used vehicle is either a retail opportunity, or a wholesale opportunity, and that you need to sell them fast to maximise the opportunity.

It is revealing how creative some pundits can get about this simple fact that folks in the know, have knwn for years...the creativity is amusing.

For a change an extensive gallery of modern race cars at Sebring.