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Monday
Mar022015

Marketing The Mercedes Way

Informative interview from McKinsey that provides insight and perspective on how Mercedes-Benz is directing their customer interface.

Being in the people business remains the constant.

 


 

 

Friday
Feb272015

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

The last Friday of the month, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.

Looking back its been a positively frigid month. Although global warming is a reality, February was influenced by an unrelenting cold jet stream all month long. In addition to breaking a myriad of records for COLD. Must be winter...

Good thing gas is less expensive, and perhaps we are old school; with cold overnight and early morning temperatures we believe in warming up any vehicle for a few minutes.

Daytona 500

Did you notice the empty stands?

A typical NASCAR race at Daytona, which culminates in yellows, frustration, and NASCAR that tries to end a race on a green flag. Good thing the teams have appreciable budgets to wreck cars, and endure the litany of yellows, then red if a yellow is not enough.

Its the business of racing, not the sport of racing.

The exercise becomes intellectually insulting...and generates empty stands.

Congratulation to Joey Logano for the win, and being at the right place at the right time.

Canadian Sales

It will be revealing next week to see the February sales numbers for Canada, and the initial impact of the Alberta effect will start making its presence felt. As well as the frigid climatic conditions in eastern Canada.

If you missed our Apple and Cars take a look for our perspective.

Sebring Saga 1965, yes...50 year ago.

 

 

 

Thursday
Feb262015

The Daring No Regrets

Another cool Cadillac video...yes its Edith Piaf singing...

 

Tuesday
Feb242015

427 Mystery Motor

If you are of a certain age you remember reading that in 1963 (over 50 years ago) Chevrolet had a big block mystery motor for the Daytona 500.

At the time, what we understand today as a big block Chevy intrigued a ton of people, Junior Johnson, and Smokey Yunick were involved with this mystery motor.

It was the engine that would replace the venerable 409.

Watch an epic dyno run of an original over 50 year old Smokey Yunick tweaked mystery motor. Notice the simplicity, the timing light, the age of the guys around the engine.

 

 

 

Monday
Feb232015

Autonomous Cars and Winter

With all the current talk and opinions from pundits on autonomous cars. 

Ever wonder how these vehicle would behave in winter, or even inclement weather? 

The current driver aids shut down when the climatic conditions are not auspicious or block certain sensors. 

Smart Cruise Controls in a driving rain stop functioning, and will alert the driver. Obvious that snow is even worse. 

We all know, at highway speeds a good amount of snow, slush accumulates on the front (bumper-grille) of any vehicle.

Lane Departure is the same, if the sensors no longer see the lines on the road to verify the location of the vehicle.

Fascinating that in Canada all the conversations of autonomous vehicles overlook the reality that we have snow, slush, feezing rain for several months of the year. The highway (401) that connects the 2 most populous cities (Montreal-Toronto), as well as one of the busiest border crossing further west (Detroit) in winter is always affected by unpredictable conditions. 

Will autonomous systems comprehend climatic and snow/ice/slush conditions better than humans? What do you think?

At some point in time we will have autonomous vehicles in Canada, that will be fully autonomous for 6 months of the year.