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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. 





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




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

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.


What Matters Now

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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...




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

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

If you are interested in our road trip to

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. 




2011 NAIAS

Buick VeranoLast year the Detroit show signaled renewed life in the North American auto industry. Although there was nervousness in the air, accompanied by some questioning of who was going to walk the talk during the course of the year. 

Once the results of 2010 were compiled a few days ago, and almost every manufacturer saw an increase in sales in the US market...needless to mention the industry regained additional increments of confidence, and self assuredness.

This increased confidence was palpable during the only media day. 

As you can imagine, only one media day makes for an hectic, busy, unrelenting day, at times looking like a crush of humanity (most folks at the same place at the same time). Again this year we were guests of GM, who is always a gracious host.

Some of our thoughts on the show in no particular order...

> Increased confidence, self assuredness, the dark days are over...very encouraging for everyone involved in/with the industry.

> Everyone in the US expects 2011 to be better than last year. The industry is fine tuned and re calibrated, ready to take advantage of an improving US market.

> The Volt was voted Car of the Year...not a surprise or upset.

> The Explorer was voted Truck of the Year...again not a surprise.

> Hyundai and Kia just raised the bar for press conferences supported by concept vehicles, and new models.

> Any manufacturer that merely displays vehicles at the Detroit show is sending the wrong signals. Yes...its go big or go home. A few manufacturers had remarkable "static" displays vividly communicating a lack of passion, which perhaps were successful in "disengaging".

> We had the unique opportunity to participate in several interviews/discussions especially with folks from GM...Tom Stephens of GM said it best..."we need to create vehicles that are immediate wants". (more to follow)

> Ford again this year conveys a clear message that they are serious, focused, and mean business...

> GM is dramatically more confident than last year, with a clear understanding of what they need to do.

> Chrysler is showing signs of renewal, the muddied Ram pick up is perhaps conveying that Chrysler has emerged from the worst. 

> It is encouraging to see the Detroit 3 in a better position going into 2011, and reconfirms that it was a good thing to throw a lifeline at GM and Chrysler at the time.

> There were various indicators of renewed vigor, and passion at Jaguar and Land Rover, which is a good thing.

> Mercedes-Benz ensured that everyone knows they are celebrating 125 addition to feeling good about the results of 2010, and going into 2011 with good momentum.

> For those that attended the Porsche press conference at 6:30 AM the day was even longer...

> Saab outside in the cold...perhaps its a novel way to reinforce the Nordic tradition of the brand.

The industry feels good about its prospects, while acting and executing with renewed confidence and focus. Is it all going to work as per the plan? We surely know that its not all going to happen....lets hope it does!

The photo gallery of some of the vehicles that caught our attention, and to give you a feel of the humans partaking in the various activities