Entries in Canadian Sales (39)
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Snow, cold, more snow, more cold...its expected in winter.
Hopefully in your own way you are progressing towards "Making a Dent", agreed some days are more challenging than others.
Wondering what the new Ferrari 488GTB is all about? Take a moment, take a look, yes its a turbo motor.
As anticiapted some manufacturers had a strong January, others endured the sales management they exercised in December of last year. It will be interesting to see how February develops to have a clearer perspective on the strategies. A few are on a downward spiral that seems bottomless.
Price of Gas:
Fascinating to see gas hit rock bottom at less than 90 cents a liter and then slowly and surely make its way back up towards 1.00 a liter, everyone wants to make some extra money. Lets give some back to CMS (Citizen Main Street) and then lets take it back, and so on.
Yes...next week is the opening of the Toronto Auto Show...stay tuned.
You have to love it when pundits espouse the idea that auto loans are longer because cars last longer.
Old cars in the snow from the Winter Marathon Rally 2015
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In case you missed it...how could you? We have reached the end of January, yes it went by in a blink.
Yes...Corvette won the GTLM Class at the Rolex 24.
Next week it will be revealing to see the January sales results for Canada. Especially with a lower prime rate, lower gas prices, and a dramatically lower CDN dollar. Enough change to force most manufacturers to revisit their strategies and tactics.
Our Canandian Sales 2014 that we published had last week had its own "viral moment" for several days.
Our usual old race cars from Spa Six Hours.
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For whatever reason we had the opportunity to watch the final few laps, the restarts, and the altercation in pit lane live last Sunday. A clear indication of the evolution of NASCAR, although entertaining to a point, the silliness of the restarts which have more of an entertainment value, than race value was obvious. Emotions run high, overshadowing good sense...lets leave it at that.
Canadian Sales in October:
As anticipated October was a continuation of the first 9 months. We are seeing the ongoing migration from sedans to station wagons (CUV/SUV). More important after all the comments and opinions are expressed from the great recession to cheap gas. We are seeing a dramatic paradigm shift in how Canadians view their transportation needs, and solve those needs.
This paradigm shift will spur changes in the Canadian auto business in the coming months, and years. Stay tuned for more...
You have noticed the plummeting price of gas, it looks downright inexpensive at $1.19 a liter. There are some dynamic forces on a global basis impacting the current (inexpensive) price of gas.
Have you noticed that as more dealers go to a myriad of social media/technology conferences, in 2014 the best way to sell vehicles and close deals is the old fashioned "sales event/private sale". Its been going on for decades, and it remains the "premier" route to sell vehicles and close deals in 2014.
It reinforces the lack of Craftsmanship in the Showroom.
Today we might have a few too many links...here goes The Colonel spent an evening in Victoria with Rudi Koniczek a few decades ago. Back then the 300 SL's were not in the millions but still expensive. You would not expect Rudi to change.
Our usual old race cars...an extensive photo coverage of the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona.
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Its a new month, we are back to fully engaged reality, with the expected increased turmoil in the world, and a ton of opinions on the Canadian economy, and the dollar.
Yes...we knew it was coming during the summer.
In case you missed our latest ebook "Behind Closed Doors"...Click. We are certain that you will find it interesting, captivating, and revealing.
As we move closer to "connected cars" and self driving cars. Old school mechanical cars are starting to look totally archaic, although easily restorable. You have to wonder about the challenges that these new cars will pose decades from now in the restoration process. By then the software to operate many of the features will be long gone.
Think about this for a moment.
Have you noticed how the mainstream media is increasingly in the eyeball business. Literally rehashing the same stories, photos, content, over and over in their quest to capture more eyeballs.
In an atmosphere of diminished attention span, humans just "shut down" to ingesting the same s#&t over and over.
A record September, and a record 3rd quarter. Fascinating results when everyone fires on all cylinders, gets the game plan, and the money flows freely. Let's not forget new models too. It literally took years to arrive at this juncture in Canada.
As expected trucks are increasing their popularity and market share.
Finally GM throttled up in September with a strong month...
We are increasingly reading opinions by pundits that Canada is falling behind. A couple of years ago we mentioned that Canadian companies were sitting on mountains of cash, while the conomy was relying on the Canadian consumer, and cheap money.
We are seeing the results of a lack of "corporate leadership and innovation" in Canada. Cheap money from the banks has camouflaged a myriad of weaknesses, while increasing a wave of consumption.
Canadian auto sales are one effect of cheap money.
The Corvette Z06 has a 0 to 60 of 2.95 seconds with an 8 speed automatic...impressive.
Old and new cars at The Maserati Centennial 2014.
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Lets start with a bit if nostalgia from 2 years ago...The Strada Garage.
What can you say for August, yes...an epic month in an epic year. Impressive when most manufacturers are firing on all cylinders, and the funding/leasing keeps on flowing. To repeat ourselves, for whatever reasons it took a few years to reach a juncture where every manufacturers gets competitive.
In case you did not know the auto business is very competitive, always was, always will be, and when everyone decides to start trading paint...its wonderful to see.
You may have noticed that this past week we got warmed up for the last stretch of reality to the end of the year. Scroll down to take a look. We hope that you have used the past few days to align yourself out of the Dog Days of Summer, refreshed, reenergised, and back into reality.
The Colonel (our official writer/blogger) is almost caught up, he has a few minor details to complete. He had a busy start of the year, and it got even crazier for him during the past few months. Kudos to the guy for keeping it up, and rarely missing a beat. It would have been easier for him the put somethings aside.
Yes...the passion runs deep...
We are working on a few "thoughts" that have captured our imagination during the summer, we will keep you informed of how they develop in the coming weeks.
Old cars and stunning photography from the Coppa d'Oro Delle Dolomiti 2014.
What can we say, July was an month of epic results. As we said when most manufacturers are firing on all cylnders, reinforced by free flowing cheap money to fund purchases, leases, and deal with deficiencies...it generates records.
The biggest winner is the Canadian consumer when they acquire a vehicle.
Imagine for a moment if products would have a "cost cutting" content on their spec sheets, labels, ingredient lists. It would be interesting...what do you think?
To get your curiosity going for the various events starting today in Monterey, an informative Monterey Schedule and photo gallery.
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Is Spring finally in the air?
A statement by Peter Drucker...
The educated person will therefore have to be prepared to live and work simultaneously in two cultures--that of the "intellectual," who focuses on words and ideas, and that of the "manager," who focuses on people and work.
A statement by Phillip Roth...
The young especially live according to beliefs that are thought up for them by the society's most unthinking people and by the businesses least impeded by innocent ends. Ingeniously as their parents and teachers may attempt to protect the young from being drawn, to their detriment, into the moronic amusement park that is now universal, the preponderance of the power is not with them.
We urge you to reflect on these 2 statements, especially if you are in the auto business. While taking a monent to connect a few dots that capture your attention.
It will be informative and fascinating to see how the GM ignition switch investigation, debacle develops in the coming weeks. The opening round this week was perhaps as expected with the anticipated posturing from all concerned. At some point additional transparency will be shed on "modifying a part, not changing the part number" mystery.
Talking of GM, the product is dramatically better that the sales numbers indicate in Canada. It remains a mystery (you think) as to why GM is not selling more. One gets the feeling that GM refuses to double down, start selling, start winning. Go figure, and yes we could keep on going...
A good March comparable to previous years, and a strong first quarter. As expected some manufacturers gained sales, while others faltered, fair to say that most throttle up in March to arrive at a satisfactory first quarter. Its been a "rugged winter" while keeping in mind that most folks use the Internet which is not affected by climatic conditions.
Our usual old race cars from the Goodwood Members Meeting.
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A bit of Internet Nostalgia, with websites from back in the day.
You surely read that Bill Ford Sr. passed away last Sunday.
If you have been around hot rods for a few years, you must remember the Stroker McGurk cartoons by Tom Medley, at one time they were a fixture.
This past week there have been enough political events in Canada and Quebec to fire up, fuel up, a gazillion pundits, with a gazillion perspectives of the same thing, with a gazillion twists. Perhaps we should ask The Colonel to chime in...at some point. However not a bad thing to see "disruption" in the Canadian political landscape.
In the meantime its fascinating, and in some ways instructive to see the different perspectives, thought vectors. One gains considerable time. Anything to do with the acceleration of cycle time? What do you think?
Tomorrow is the 12 hours of Sebring, yes we are Corvette Racing fans.
Its also the start of the F1 season with the Australian GP...it will be fascinating to see Kimi and Fernando drive for the same team, the interactions, the drama.
What to say about GM's ignition switch recall/problem? Let's wait till all the facts are known, in the meantime its not a pretty picture...especially "if" GM knew all along...and the bankruptcy was to clean out all the skeletons. The folks that kept the car key seperate from their other keys probably never had a problem. Possible that since the model years were all within the "old GM" it remained in the closet. Lets wait for all the facts.
A strong February, although some manufacturers had a stumble, still a strong February. The trend towards various forms of "utility vehicles" endures. Back in the day they would have been station wagons...think about this for a moment. The arrival of certain new models are cannibalising sales from established models, it will be interesting to see how it develops in the coming months.
In case you did not know, the best selling Porsche in Canada is a truck. With the arrival of the Macan it will continue to be a truck, and Porsche will continue to be a strong "money machine".