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Friday
Jun132014

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Love is what drives us. Everything else is secondary.Its Friday, its moving day for us, its the Vroom Room, and its the 13th, come in make yourself comfortable, join the conversation.

Agreed...Port Dover is a busy place today.

In case you missed the entire report on the GM ignition switch, scroll down. Its back to doing the right thing which at times seems impossible to do. From the Al Pacino speech in Scent of a Woman "That's called courage. Now that's the stuff leaders should be made of. Now I have come to the crossroads in my life. I always knew what the right path was. Without exception, I knew. But I never took it. You know why? It was too damn hard.

Would it be fair to conclude: the low interest rates that are fueling the real estate market, are also fueling the auto market in Canada by providng easy and ongoing incentives for the deal. What do you think?

Le Mans is tomorrow...

There is a majority Liberal government in Ontario.

Our usual old race cars from the SVRA Brickyard Invitational...enjoy.

 

 

Tuesday
May132014

Cars that Inspire

For the past few weeks we have been experiencing different vehicles, from different manufacturers. If you follow us in one platform or another you have an idea of the vehicles we have been experiencing. 

We often tell anyone that seeks our opinion that "all cars (vehicles) are good" we truly believe that all vehicles are intrinsically good. In many instances there are subtle differences that have different appeal to different personal preferences.

Since most manufacturers are inexorably diminishing the number of platforms they use for their various models, the components are good, the performance is good. Obvious when the components are not good, it leads to massive recalls. 

Folks today want to be inspired, we want to be inspired. This is a real challenge for manufacturers, when they create, or refresh a model with good components, often benchmarking the competition, its supposed to be a good vehicles, which it is.

At times this good vehicle that does everything well, is diligently bench marked against the competition, is missing a little something...its not inspiring.

Is it only us that finds this vehicle "dull" and uninspiring?

Looking at the sales figures for Canada, how it compares in its segment. We arrive at the conclusion that its not only us that finds the vehicle uninspiring. Or it answer the question that on a spreadsheet, and powerpoint its very competitive...in real life its uninspiring.

We could have a lengthy discourse on what makes a vehicle inspiring...and for each vehicle it will be a different aspect that will light up the inspirational fire.

Increasingly vehicles must be inspiring to have a competitive advantage, be it brand, features, performance, utility, and many others...vehicles must pass the inspiration test.

 

Friday
Apr112014

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.

 

 

Monday
Apr072014

Canadian Sales First Quarter 2014

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

 

 

 

 

Friday
Mar212014

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 fix...now 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.