In this day and age of crime and also unfunded liabilities in governments – its seems like civil servants ( and auto execs trying to sell them new vehicles) are looking everywhere but in front of their face. With an economy supporting real upcoming “unfunded liabilities” in terms of civil service wages , pensions and exploding populations Fords latest draw to the types is a discussion of better fuel economies with its latest police car offerings. Savings are said to be in the range of $ 1720 for the Ford’s 2.0L Police Sedan One minute please that works out to less than $ 600 a year , $ 50 a month , $ 2 a day or perhaps 70 cents a 8 hour shift. What about reliability , speed and other costs rather than focusing on the 20 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined miles per gallon ratings. I guess the E.P.A. ( with the pensions and no-Obamacare ) bureaucrats will like . Hello reality and unfunded liabilities and not chunk change. Its less than the cost of a donuts at Tim Hortons . Then again the role of politicians in 2014 is to “kick the can ” not really to provide anything or measure or lasting merit . Symptom control with unrealistic , unwarranted priorities overall. What on earth is their function but to put in time at the public’s expense.
More to be had at this link : http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013/11/fords-2-0l-police-sedan-rated-at-24-mpg-combined.html
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Well boys you are about to learn about the biggest special interest group of them all – the one that you ultimately answer to – you corrupt bunch of …..
Engineers and accountants fit into a certain breed. Years ago computer columnist John Dvorak wrote a book about the computer industry. One thing he pointed out that when dealing with engineers that “oh no – poor changes being incorporated by upper ( accounting or marketing management) just did not fit with these guys. Its not right so to speak. At that point in time Cadillac ( GM) had simply rebadged a run of the mill Chevrolet / Pontiac product as the CADILLAC Cimarron .
Interestingly this product of the major automobile manufacturer of the time went on to be branded as “one of the worst 50 cars of all time “ !!! Yet who knows – beauty is in the eye of the beholder .
In a splashy product release , when Cadillac project engineers were asked by automotive trade journalists what the difference was between the two product lines there answer was bluntly $ 5,000. Now in 2013 /2014 the answer might be closer to $ 40,000 with substantially bigger auto monthly payments and finance charges . Yet in the same manner while the Cadillac division of GM seems to have learned its lesson of providing good value to its customers is the wisest means to corporate health Ford seems not to have realized that lesson yet.
You can read about Cadillac execs assessment of the rankings of the Ford Lincoln badge and branding in the article link below : Ford and especially members of the Lincoln divisions http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013/12/cadillac-exec-doesnt-consider-lincoln-a-competitor.html
Auto companies used to be at the pinnacle of the sales and ,marketing triangle. They set trends of what was acceptable in business and what was left over for the Red River Exhibition. Especially the top firm – General Motors would often give vendors the distinct message that “we are General Motors and you should be grateful that the creator of the universe allowed you the entry into our world and commerce“. It seems the concerns about carnival atmospheres is over and passe. One wonders what upper top floor execs think about all of these events ? Its not as if we were at a sock-hop in the 1950′s with 1956 era Chevrolets. True there is nothing like these good old fashioned substantially made metal cars with real chrome and not plastic tin cans as we might encounter today. These vehicles were pre-electronic era of course complete with carburetors , plugs and points.
Yet look at 2013 and big black Friday . Its not only ads – Walmart , Amazon and the like – its also the major auto companies. GM , Chrysler and Ford seem to have good ideas at this point in time and the auto market.
Its no longer the case – we are the New York Times or the Winnipeg Free Press and you will come to us on our hours and terms but rather we must meet the marketplace as it wants us rather than the reverse. And yet these firms produced such classics as 1960 era Camaros , which are highly revered and desirable even today . Just look at Kijiji or Craigslist for an idea.
Isn’t life amazing ? True on the other side many will not shop on this day and consider it American sacrilege . Good for these guys , and gals for getting on the bandwagon in 2013.
You can read more in detail at this following article with the link following:
Its interesting to see how marketing changes over time specifically in this case the auto industry. New vehicles often initiate brand new trends in design – such as fins on autos in the late 1950s.
The major players – the big three – GM , Ford and Chrysler initially used to release new models at dealerships to throngs of crowds – perhaps though after intros at major auto shows.
Next it was major media events that drew huge visibility and numbers – for example the “Superbowl“ and the “Oscars“. Oscar oscar ….
Yet now its targeting – and the release of the 2015 Ford Mustang is set to be on the TV show Good Morning America come December 5. Who knows perhaps it will be the older classic Mustangs that this group will long for and seek out ? Yet a used car is a used car and not “brand new”.
One wonders if the demographics is right or is just a case of one of execs wives like the show or expects to get guest passes to Good America backstage. Who knows ? And yet one wonders 50 years in the future if the 2015 Ford Mustang will be a car sought out by collectors as 1964 1/2 classic Mustangs are.
Yet its young males who put down the x on the auto finance contracts for these fast as well as stylish Fords . More and more of these spend their time on social media like facebook , or online X box 360 games and less on less on TV screens.
Time and miles will tell. Go and see the wonder car on display at your local dealership for a test drive or on-line . Regardless here is a Pinterest link for 2015 Ford Mustang photos and images.
You can follow events at the link below:
Ford will debut its sixth-generation Mustang live on the December 5 episode of Good Morning America.
It used to be that we lived in a “real world” – well that was before Obama , David Axelrod Valerie Jarett et al. It has often been said that all new ideas – are not new – they have been thought of before and now reinvented by “geniuses“. Indeed the old joke was a fellow passing by a room where people were calling out numbers. What is going on he asks. “We are joke writers…. all jokes have been told before so we have cataloged and assigned numbers to these tales”. You might of thought this scheme was dreamed up in the north end of Winnipeg .
Yet comedy and its appreciation is both historic , relevant & universal across the cultural divides .
Yet these tales have reached their pinnacle of fame and quality – its not as if they can be elevated or improved all told .
Yet we all cannot drive – or even have spare space in our garage to park a beautifully restored muscle car from the wonderful and fast era of 1960′s . Or perhaps an even more nicely set up Lincoln Zephyr. Dream on my friend.
Well at least before but not today in 2013 its seems – things change or perhaps they don’t . Its not as if we are driving a 1938 pre WW2 Lincoln coupe.
. Can i try asks the fellow…… 369 369 ..369. The audience was stone faced. “You told it wrong they explain”. Luckily its not as if government bureaucrats and government depts got involved – well not yet .Rules , rules , rules and more legislation all to naught. No doubt a final vision to it all is what matters at the end of the journey .
In the same way beautiful models and persons of authority or apparent respect are often if not always used in promotional ads. The question always was “ordinary people and not beautiful models buy and use these products so why not use ordinary people in ads ?” Yet there is nothing new in this concept or attempts at implementation – look at older car and truck advertising collections online and now compare to current truck , SUV and auto ads.
This marketing / advertising conceptualization has been tried many times and in the end always failed. We are living in the free market world as opposed to government bureaucracies whose biggest role is to protect themselves at any cost.
Yet the geniuses in the auto industry – or at least the salespeople who call on these companies are now calling on auto industry execs are promoting “:real people” in ads.
You would of thought that all these plans and campaigns are based on in depth research , follow through and meeting in real world people “focus groups”. And what of all this hoopla about Facebook , Twiiter and the “new media”
You can read more at this link and view the YOUTUBE video below::
Well its retro and yet forward thinking. Military fighter jets exude raw power , strength and Sspeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed. One can remember the landmark cars of the late 1950′s – mainly General Motor behemoths sporting fins. This type of auto styling was a take-off or inspired by “fighter jets”. This time era itself and American culture could be said all in to be the “era of the car“. Car buying and choices were major concerns to automobile buyers and consumers of the time. Yet all of this focus on “fins” in auto styling – especially at G.M. began with post WW2 1948 auto styling and designs in the 1948 model runs.
This being a very far cry from the immediate post WW2 era vehicles .
The 1959 Cadillac was the best well known. Yet 1959 Buicks -Electra 225s & le Sabre models , Oldsmobile , Pontiac and Chevrolets all shared in this fad. Add in Chrysler New Yorkers added in to the mix. Ford did not “have a better idea “yet with its Edsel project.
Yet no doubt you won’t find fins on new 2014 / 2015 cars in our modern high mpg era with EPA constrictions on design as well as auto safety designs & legislation. Don’t drive on the road , stay home and you will be fine .
In 2013 fighter jets are stimulating Mustang car designs. True safety factors (the GM fins were said to be projectiles upon which some kids had injured and even impaled themselves. In our era safety as well as aerodynamic , fuel mpg ratings are mandatory. Yet in the big 3 of the auto industry the Ford Motor Co execs had a good idea , in that they realized that they just could not compete with the likes of GM and its “boats”. Indeed with market research a new niche was found in smaller “economy cars” . Ford’s economy car – the “Falcon” was developed – leaving the foundation onwards to the fantastically popular 1964 1/2 Mustang. Not all cars looked or drove alike now.
And now Wow this type of thinking in car deigns are being reworked in the forms of Ford Mustangs
Hence designs are nowhere near as extreme as in the past.
You can read more here—— http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2013/07/04/ford-mustang-us-air-force-thunderbirds/2486839/
Its all one big fun ride
Its amazing what you do and don’t get for your money. “Real cars“ that were solid metal , ringed with chrome – each differing in memory cost in the range of $ 3,000. So reports William Simpson. Yet after its all said and done how much can you and your family afford ? It used to be people paid cash for purchases , there was no such thing of course as credit cards and auto finance. If you could not afford an upscale car – buying on credit and monthly payments was seen by some – or many – as “cheating”. Yet for those with a “north end Winnipeg mentality” – how much can you or your family budget afford ? After all your banker will advise you that is not wise to live past your means - although many do . Yet its a sad fact many in the peg make the trip to the “cash store” .
Yet now look a the base prices of vehicles – cars and trucks. Sure there are a lot of options and creature comforts that we did not have. Yet just as if you were going grocery shopping at Safeway – make a list of your actual requirements – needs vs wishes . Indeed with that $ 3 k car you got a good V8 engine , and automatic transmission and an am radio. Boots and harp was how one interlake Manitoba mustang buyer described it. Now in 2013 its option laden trucks that people want. Then after full and comprehensive prep work – its off to “make the deal“.
Yet all most people want is reliable transportation and perhaps to be comfortable in a hot Manitoba summer – via air conditioning and warm as toast while driving down the transcanada highway number one to Brandon or Falcon Lake. Yet while some will say – drive down to states to make the deal - is it wiser to dicker at home ?
You can read more about how car prices are reaching record levels as new car buyers load up on ( expensive options) here:
Yet always remember – you can often buy a good low km well cared for “used automobile” . Remember though to negotiate well and thoroughly .
well worth the drive
While there is little doubt about it that the “Peg “ has great summertime car cruise evenings those in the know – know that there are major “cruise events” to be found near and far -especially when it comes to automakers hawking their wares. Long live the peg aka “Winterpeg” and its summer car club events and happenings.
Where else but Detroit Michigan would you expect to find such long term history as well as historical record auto meets and events. Sure Detroit “Mo-Town: or “motor City” is having its financial difficulties currently – having been taxed to death as well as being emulated elsewhere. Sure auto making and manufacturing has moved down the road to such places as Japan and South Korea - never mind the American South as an auto making hub . Yet don’t count out Manitoba’s car club events for fun and variety. After all the long prairie winter leads to lots of extra time for car restoration and upgrade projects.
Yet you can always count on Detroit with its rich history in the automotive fields to give you a great show.
Check this headline “Automakers market their muscle at annual cruise event
Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/20130814/RETAIL03/130819962/automakers-market-their-muscle-at-annual-cruise-event#ixzz2gaC6OX2l
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Here is a car worthy of Japanese 1960′s sci-fi creatures from outer-space fame. You might think you heard about this late one night on Coast to Coast listening on the famed Winnipeg radio station CJOB.
Its a lot more than the once named “VW Superbug / Super Beetle” – its a bona fide American made V8 engine powered VW “Bug”. And its no “little herbie”
The OG, as it were. Newman’s own Ford racing V8-powered Volkswagen Bug, and it may be the first car to be nicknamed “Godzilla” by the automotive press way back in the 1960s, and it was busy earning its monstrous reputation (some 48 years before the Japanese car in the form of Nissan’s R35 came along) at places like Ontario Speedway, where some cat named “Paul Newman” was using it to abuse John Z. Delorean’s hotshoes at a Camaro “open house” trackday. Wouldn’t you love to see this classic setup at a local Winnipeg automobile race or meet ? As they say check next years 2015 schedule . Then again its not as if you are looking at some vintage American made GMC truck.
Photos of “Godzilla” the VW monster follow below. One thing – you are unlikely to find such a behemoth at your local Manitoba truck dealership be it Ford , Dodge Ram , Chevrolet or even Japanese Toyota !!! Then again this is “Godzilla”
For those auto fiends who would like to read more – here is the attached link :
and its 1 , 2, 3 what are we fighting for ?