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Friday
Feb132015

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Its a Z06Its Friday the 13, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti.

Yes its frigid this morning...still winter.

Are you like us, noticing that time is increasingly a rarer commodity. Its always been scarce, but lately is truly rare.

Do you have the feeling that there is a level of price comfort for the oil companies when gas is at $1.00 a liter.

Yesterday we were at the media day for the Toronto Auto Show - CIAS.

Some of our observations in no particular order.

  • The word "innovation" was mentioned a gazillion times by everybody and anybody.
  • Everyone had a record year, we know at 1.85M units in 2014 it was a good year for everyone, being reminded of it at every conference quickly becomes "deja vu".
  • Everyone is the this or that in the Canadian market.
  • All the PR folks and handlers are very busy dealing with the news oriented media.
  • As expected the Ford F150 is the truck of the year, while the Subaru Lagacy is the car of the year.
  • The show organisers do a great job for media day.
  • Increasingly "autnomous" is part of the conversation by several manufacturers.
  • Ford set the benchmark first thing in the morning with the GT that will be assembled by Multimatic in Markham.
  • For some manufacturers "passion" remains an unknown.
  • Good thing new models overcome the lack of passion to generate sales.
  • Yes...the other word is "urbanisation" which gains new meaning in downtown Toronto which is still a condo construction zone. 
  • There is a cool Canadian factor about the Kia all white display.
  • The suits that work for manufacturers have crossed the shark and espoused the Grammy fashion look. Which begs the question "Would you buy/lease and XYZ from someone dressed like that, with such an haircut?"
  • Why Cadillac never built the ElMiraj...you have to wonder.
  • Before we forget our photo gallery of CIAS on Flickr

A fascinating photo gallery from the Salon Retromobile.

 

 

Thursday
Feb122015

Cadillac Ghia

A fascinating story, and a cool car...

 

 

Wednesday
Feb112015

Showroom Craftsmanship

You still need craftsmanship in the showroom...

 

 

Monday
Feb092015

More Winter Driving

The other day we had to go for a drive on a snowy Saturday morning. You know the kind of driving with snow on the road, augmented by the melting brine, and all sorts of stuff landing on the windshield.

Its interesting especially when changing lanes with the usual "float" between the lanes and tire tracks.

Here is the deal:

If at one time you would see a good quantity of 4x4 off the road especially in snow conditions. At the time the argument was that most folks had no clue what a 4x4 would do, and were simply overdriving them from the outset.

On a quiet Saturday morning you see folks all over the place on a 60 kilometer stretch that have gotten themselves in situations that seem awkward, and then there is the usual collection of police vehicles, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles.

Then there is the individual with the unloaded dump truck purposely going about 5-6 KPH faster than the flow of traffic in his lane, changing lanes to pass. Just imagine what comes off this truck when its changing lanes. Yes...the real heavy stuff that goes "thump" on the windshield.

Its almost surprising that common sense still permeates the vast majority of drivers. The first rule of common sense is to leave additional space around your vehicle. Folks that understand, snow, salt, brine, slush, tend to leave and keep and increased layer of space around their vehicle.

On surface streets with fresh snow, you can explore the various safety technology on your vehicle. See if you can steer while ABS'ing, see when the stability program will engage when turning. More important discover what you need to do to engage the stability.

Discover how often traction control engages as you accelerate from the various stop signs.

Agreed...you have to wonder about all the salt, brine, slush, splashing all over your vehicle.

 

 

Saturday
Feb072015

Challenger SRT Hellcat vs Camaro ZL1

See who wins, keep in mind there is no substitute for massive horsepower.