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If you are of a certain age, you remember the various comments that cars in North America, were huge, with monster engines, not refined, heavy, land barges, gas guzzlers, and another gazillion describers.
Back then the difference between a luxury car (Cadillac) and a regular car (Chevrolet) was substance with most components and size being bigger on the luxury car, than the regular car. Those old school luxury cars had a size advantage, as well as a performance advantage compared to regular cars, or European cars with 4 cylinder engines.
They had an imposing physical presence, accompanied by performance to substantiate the presence.
The best selling vehicle in Canada is a Ford F Series (a pick up), could you compare an F Series to an old school Lincoln with a 460 cubic inch engine, and suicide doors on the 4 door version.
Is a Ram the equivalent of an Imperial with a 413 cubic inch wedge motor, or a 440?
Is a Silverado the equivalent of an Oldsmobile 98 with a 394 V8?
Is a GMC Sierra the equivalent of a Cadillac Fleetwood with a 429?
The old Cadillacs, Lincolns, Oldsmobiles, Imperials would pull any kind of trailer, same as a modern pick up. The old cars easily accommodated 5 passengers, same as a modern crew cab. The trunks were positively huge, comparable to a 5 and a half foot box on a modern crew cab with a short box. The old luxury cars were from the Detroit 3, same as modern pick ups...perhaps some things never change!
The old cars were body on frame, same as a pick up. Solid rear axle, some with leaf springs same as a pick up.
The old luxury cars were physically imposing, similar to a modern pick up.
Need we mention big gas tanks...
In 2012 F150's, Rams, Silverados, Sierras are 15% of the Canadian market, back in the day were Lincolns, Imprerials, Buicks, and Cadillacs 15% of the Canadian market?
Can we conclude that the love affair endures with vehicles that have morphed from old school North American luxury cars to modern North American pick ups.
What do you think?
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We have for years now, advised and urged everyone to be their own editor, and deal with the increasing amount of content and photos that are published to attract eyeballs. By nature humans are instinctively attracted by "content" that is controversial...it generates more eyeballs.
Lately we are seeing examples of controversial content (we are certain you can fill in the blanks), and the reactions, and actions towards the content.
May we again urge you, that if does not resonate with you, its not intelligent, its not compelling, spare your time (time is an increasingly precious commodity), and do not pay attention to the content, or to the folks that are reacting or acting to the content.
If the content is imbecilic, directed at attracting eyeballs, and you react or act to the content, what does it make you?
Its the same with content directed at leadership, it seems that everyone is a "leadership consultant" these days. Human beings require leadership for a multitude of reason, its an old point (over 2,000 years), and a human necessity. Perhaps its the folks masquerading as leaders that have not understood yet, perhaps they will never understand.
Must be the reason we often mourn "old fashioned leaders" that could awaken the human spirit!
Think of this...gas stations are self serve, and almost run by themselves with the automated pumps (pay at the pump), at many stations the row of pumps closest to the street will not pump gas before paying...you got it no money, no gas, and it immediately solves the gassing up and running for it while running down some poor individual. The solution must be too obviously simple to execute.
Have you followed some of the posturing by the CAW and the Detroit 3, who is in a better position, strenght of the Canadian dollar, new hires, and so on. The CAW settles with Ford (did not need a bail out) on a 4 year contract, gives GM and Chrysler a strike extension (to save face). Imagine the uproar if Chrysler who is selling vehicles in Canada cannot agree to the same terms as Ford, or GM who is getting trounced in the Canadian market.
If you follow the leading thoughts on social media you have no doubt noticed that "stories" are becoming an important component of communicating with folks around you, constituents, prospects and so on. There is an element to story telling that is compelling, while resonating with people. VW has just launched a new site which encompasses stories from VW customers, take a look whyvw.com
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