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November Musings

Its November, there is snow, its cold, and also rain, while Christmas is around the corner (sort of). As we near the end of the year we start looking ahead while also looking back. 

Stuff that continues to grasp our attention.

Canadian Sales:

We will have record auto sales in Canada this year, just imagine the various opinions from the various pundits, experts, executives, professionals. It will be interesting...

Social Media: 

Manufacturers have retreated from the initial social media euphoria to going backwards. All manufacturers seem to have a rationale of convenience to justify their position which by now is entrenched in the past...

Vehicle Ownership:

Are we witnessing an inexorable shift in the ownership of vehicles? Is mobility for a monthly fee surpassing ownership?

Z28 / GT350:

Satisfying to see Camaro and Mustang recreate the "good ole days" of Trans Am racing with serious versions of the cars. Really cool...

Premium Economy:

We mentioned Premium Economy a few months ago, we have been observing, we have been patient, prior to sharing further thoughts. We are almost there....


Are we seeing the last days of the manual transmission with a clutch pedal? The new multi speed automatics with software controls are phenomenal. In addition many folks have no clue how to drive a car with a manual.

Old School / New School:

The mechanical aspect (old school) of vehicles makes them durable, the technology aspect (new school) makes vehicles disposable. Think about this for a moment...




Canadian Sales Third Quarter 2014

Our thoughts on Canadian Sales...for the 3rd quarter of 2014.




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.




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 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.



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.