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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.

 

Friday
Mar072014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

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

Yes...the Geneva Auto Show is on right now...

Ever notice that many pundits share or contribute comments that are somewhat frivolous, not based on facts, and if you inject a measure of reality (facts) the comments quickly evaporate. Especially in areas of the auto business where acronyms remain popular.

The past week we hit a chord with "Acceleration of Cycle Times" as usual it flew over a lot of folks radar capacities. If you missed it, we urger you to take a look.

If you are working on a project, and browsing the Internet to gather information. Uncovering visuals that capture your imagination. You can pin the photos on Pin It to share with other folks that are working on the project, or you can use Snip It and save the "material" on your personal data system. 

Visuals and or examples are a huge time saver when working on projects that involve contributors. Back to acceleration of cycle times to speed up the project.

In case you missed it...really how could you...Innovating Automotive Retail. If you are are in the auto business its a must read.

We named the new offerings "premium economy" (luxury manufacturers inexorably climbing down the ladder). In a conversation with an individual involved in selling the new premium economy in a showroom. Our question "Are they flying off the shelves?"  Answer "No...visualised as too Japanese". A simple answer that incites reflection.

Take a look at some "road trips" from Rodder's Journal.

You surely know that Churchill, Manitoba is home to Polar Bears...take a look

We had an opportunity to see and hear Sergio Marchionne at the CIAS a few weeks ago, with most of the talk gravitating towards government grants, mini van plants, and billions of dollars. Fascinating to see Sergio presumably walk away from $700M on the table...truly fascinating, but not surprising at this stage of the game.

Our habitual old race cars from the SVRA Spring Vintage Classic at Sebring.

 

 

 

Friday
Feb072014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Polar BearsIts Friday, its winter, its the Vroom Room, come in enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.

Its always informative to read the comments from the various pundits on the automotive Super Bowl ads that we do not see in Canada. One that caught our attention was The Truth from Kia, not only is it entertaining, it conveys the underlying message that the Koreans will become players in the luxury segment. 

Have you noticed the ongoing discussion about privacy, spying, public networks, government agencies, and we can keep on going. Twenty years ago the Internet was a beautiful thing, it was young, fresh, full of idealism, and we all knew where it was going to go, or we should have known. It would have been naive then, as now to think that folks would not listen in, take a look sort of thing. From a few decades earlier the saying "Big Brother is watching..." remains valid today.

Canadian Sales

We did not expect huge sales in January, and were not dissapointed. Interesting to see the Detroit 2 (Ford-GM) take a break, while their dealers are full of inventory. In the meantime Chrysler moves along to #1. Perhaps some manufacturers thought that without incentives the market would come their way. Those that started strong will have an enduring advantage this year.

While talking of sales, the lack of inflation, and trying to answer the "what going on" question. A fascinating observation in the New York Times that caught our attention The Middle Class is Steadily Eroding Just Ask Businesses...this article incites a fascinating thought process.

On a different note, the coldest day ever in Canada at minus 63C was at Snag, Yukon.

Yesterday for us, and today for the folks in the same time zone is the opening day of the Sochi Olympics. Lets hope that hearing about the actual games, the athletes, the gold medals replaces the other stuff (being polite) that we have been hearing.

Our usual old race cars a bunch of old Porsches at Le Mans.