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Friday
Jan242014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

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

Agreed its been brisk for the past few days...its winter, its Canada, and it seems that the media is on a mission to arrive an elusive minus 100 Centigrade with the wind chill. 

Did you see Don Prudhomme at Barrett Jackson sell one of his funny cars with the hauler, as well as Tom McEwen's car. They were going to make some money, while disposing of a strong emotional attachement to the cars and haulers. Reality TV at its best.

You have to wonder when more recent cars will become popular, its a constant rerun of the same models, same years, same specs. There is an element of churning that is less interesting in 2014 than a few years ago.

When will a 1979 Camaro, replace the iconic 1969 Camaro? When will a 1994-96 Impala SS become interesting? We could keep on going, but hopefully you grasp our perspective.

An informative and visual recap of the Arizona Auction Week.

The aftermath of NAIAS, fascinating to read the reflective thoughts of various pundits once the glitter subdues. Some vehicle were remarkable, other ordinary, and some forgettable. Its not just the vehicles, the press conferences, its the direction that some manufacturers are taking, or signaling that is more telling.

MerBimAu at Detroit covered all the angles, niches, market nooks and crannies. 

The Koreans as expected are on a vector to crack the luxury market in a patient fashion.

Ford with the aluminum F150 has signaled that North America is not interested in a mid size truck. What does Ford know that GM does not know with the Canyon?

Did you see how the roof works on the Porsche Targa?

Toyota is breaking out of its conservative image...or trying to break out.

Yes...the Z06 is a winner, great halo car.

Infiniti seems to create more questions than answers, reminds you of the days of the Q45.

Yes...tomorrow is the start of the Rolex 24...anxious to see the Corvette, as well as Mantella Autosport from Toronto with the Aston Martin.

Its also the World Economic Forum in Davos for the next few days.

Our thoughts and prayers to all the folks at L'Ile Verte.

Our usual old race cars, an awesome Behind the Fence photo gallery. 

 

 

 

Friday
Jan182013

Vroom Room 

Good Morning!

2014 Corvette StingrayIts Friday, its the Vroom Room, make yourself comfortable we have cappuccino and biscotti join the conversation. The season starts with the Detroit Auto Show, or #NAIAS as its also known, if you have never been to Detroit for the press days, the excitement, buzz is palpable. A great overview of the Detroit Show by our friend The Autoextremist.

The long awaited 2014 Corvette finally broke cover last Sunday night, in case you missed it, how could you?

Here it is 2014 Corvette Stingray or simply scrool down to last Sunday. Yes design features are cool, spot on, others are a not as cool. Styling is personal preference!

This week we published our thoughts on Canadian Sales 2012. Yes it was a good year, yes we expected the Japanese (Honda & Toyota) to return with vigor. Yes we were impressed by the Hyundai/Kia juggernaut, and yes we were stunned by GM creating such a sustained vacuum for others to fill.

What used to be "white papers" are now "e-books" or we think they are called e-books. This week we published our first "e-book" of 2013 Money for the Deal, with hopefully more to follow. 

We were not surprised that the cadillac ATS was nominated the "Car of the Year" at NAIS on Monday morning, as you know we experienced an ATS for a few days, its truly a world class car.

Yes...this week end is all the auction action in Arizona be it Phoenix, Scottsdale, and so on.

A fascinating photo gallery of old Corvettes for the 60th Anniversary

 

 

Friday
Jan132012

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Ferrari EngineIts Friday the 13th...and yes its the Vroom Room, we have cappuccino and biscotti, make yourself comfortable, join the conversation.

Do you think that at some point we will start seeing truly efficient vehicles? Reflecting High Performance Economy / Efficiency as we discussed some time ago...here.

Have you noticed that modern vehicles with a full complement of technological safety features, still fly off the road with impunity, especially during inclement weather. Often with the same tragic results as decades ago. Yes...the laws of physics do not change.

Some of the cars that caught our attention at NAIAS in no particular order:

Cadillac ATS - if its as good as a CTS it will be an interesting car.

Ford Fusion - Attractive car that will uphold Ford's leadership position in mid size sedans in Canada. 

Dodge Dart - Besides conjuring thoughts of a 340 with a 4 speed, this car fills a huge void for Dodge, and Reid Bigland knows how to sell them in Canada. 

Lexus - Is it..yes it finally is an awakening...

FRS / BRZ - This Scion / Subaru strikes a note and will resonate with a niche segment.

NSX Concept - Interesting styling, too much baggage and promises, too far down the road.

 

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Detroit and More 

Arriving in Detroit for a few days to cover NAIAS does not leave much time for anything else, or does it?

Lets see....

A look at Windsor from the other side....

A look up....

 

The Neiman Marcus Camaro convertible...

The GM Showroom in their lobby at Ren Cen...

The main entrance of the GM Tech Center in Warren on a snowy afternoon...

 

The Heritage Center...

 

The bar at Cliff Bell's...a totally cool place

The jazz band at Cliff Bell's... 

 

Cool designs....

 

The Green Hornet...

 

 

Friday
Jan142011

Vroom Room 

Good Morning!

Detroit - GreektownIts Friday...must be the Vroom Room, come in we have cappuccino and biscotti, and The Colonel needs a strong one this morning. Yes...he's been busy all week...

The Colonel busy? Yes...he was at the motorcycle Supershow last Friday, take a look...here.

Then Detroit for NAIAS with a few more visits in Detroit, and on his way back from Detroit. Needless to tell you that he is still in serious "editing mode" to publish all the material.

In case you are not familiar Greektown is a cool area of Downtown Detroit, close to Cobo...contrary to what we all tend to see and hear. Detroit is/was a little challenged but its alive and well with a vibrant downtown area.

If you missed our coverage this years NAIAS, just scroll down for our thoughts and links to the initial photo gallery.

In case you missed the annual KPMG Global Automotive Executive Survey its...here.

If you are interested in our road trip to Detroit....here.

Be assured that next week we will continue with more content.

One point:

In the auto industry denigrating your competitor to sell your product, its a lame way of selling. 

How come folks participating in the "social autosphere" have a sense of enjoyment/entitlement in denigrating/dissing, using the "D" word towards other folks that are also participants, and doing the same thing they are doing? 

Denigrating your peer to whoever wants to listen, gives a bad rap to everyone else. 

You have an answer, please share your thoughts.