Car People Blog
Today we find ourselves in a unique transition when it comes to cars and safety.
Too many distracting devices from cell phones to dash board electronics and displays, are adding to all of the other distractions we have always had. Accidents and death tolls are adding up. You see a car wandering down the road, crossing over the line. You know that they are probably talking on their cell or texting. It is everywhere; commonplace.
Then comes modern technology to the rescue. Automatic warning systems, automatic braking, blind spot buzzers and all sorts of driver assists. Soon self-driving cars will arrive, which would all but eliminate the distractions we are so concerned with today. But they are not here yet and when they start coming there will be a generation or two of obsolete cars that will have to be upgraded or recycled before we can enjoy the new and safer models. We are in that transition period. Almost like when TV replaced radio or the advent of the dishwasher or the cure for a disease or indoor plumbing for that matter.
I can’t wait! No, really, I can not wait!
Ford to make autonomous cars for ride-hailing, ride-sharing by 2021
Ford today said it plans to introduce an autonomous vehicle by 2021 for use in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. Ford said the vehicle would be “specifically designed for commercial mobility services” and built in high volumes......Nick Bunkley, Automotive News 8-16-2016
Dave is Back!!!
Just a year and a half after retiring Dave DeMontigny is back with Car People. "I retired too early, I'm too young to call it quits!"
Dave will assume the Office and Accounting plus all Parts Positions that we work with. With 18 years under his belt here at Car People, Dave is up to speed and ready to go. Give him a call.
Look for some big changes at your local Cadillac store. With sales down 12% Project Pinnacle is geared to upgrade service to include suits and ties, roadside and concierge service and a revamp of how dealerships and sales people are paid. More bonus heavy for hitting sales goals by Tier and customer rating targets plus complying with a lengthy list of new standards. Coming to a store near you this October. Automotive News
US Vehicle Sales are UP
Make US Market Share % YTD
General Motors 16.6%
YTD sales are up 1.2% over 2015
Just When You Thought Things Couldn’t Get Any Better
IRVINE, Calif., March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- New-vehicle
sales are expected to increase 8 percent year-over-year to a
total of 1.66 million units in March 2016, resulting in an estimated
17.2 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according
to Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the vehicle valuation and
information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers
and the automotive industry. Two additional selling days will
help this month's volume totals as the SAAR will stay relatively
consistent with recent months.
"The industry continues to maintain its momentum in March as
we expect the highest volume of any month in more than 10
years," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.
"However, we continue to follow indicators that demand for new
cars is weakening, while there is increased incentive spending
and an increasing share of fleet sales."
which is up 5 percent year-over-year, making this the second
highest first quarter on record, surpassed only by Q1 2000.
This also could be the highest March sales total since 2000,
when sales also hit 1.66 million units, and the highest volume
total of any month since July 2005.
|Current Unemployment Rates for States / Historical Highs/Lows|
|Feb. 2016||Historical High||Historical Low|
|California||5.5%||Oct. 2010||12.2%||Dec. 2000||4.7%|
|Colorado||3.0%||Oct. 2010||8.9%||Dec. 2000||2.7%|
|Hawaii||3.1%||Jan. 1976||10.4%||Dec. 2006||2.4%|
|Nevada||5.9%||Nov. 2010||13.7%||Jan. 1999||3.7%|
Las Vegas Odds
as of 3-8-2016
US Presidential Election
Tuesday 8th November 2016
Hillary Clinton 4/9
Donald Trump 10/3
Ted Cruz 16/1
Bernie Sanders 20/1
John Kasich 20/1
Marco Rubio 25/1
Joe Biden 40/1
Paul Ryan 66/1
Mitt Romney 100/1
Recond Year in Car Sales
2015 saw a record 17.5 million new cars sold in the USA. Passing a 15 year old record it totalled over $570 billion with the average sale at $34,450. Low gas prices, low interest and continued pent up demand paved the way.
Despite a multitude of problems
from recalls to cheating, the US
market remains strong!
October YTD -
|Ford Motor Co.||13.40%|
|Toyota Motor Sales||13.00%|
|Fiat Chrysler Automobiles||14.60%|
|American Honda Motor Co.||8.60%|
|Nissan North America||12.50%|
|VW Group Of America||5.80%|
|Jaguar Land Rover N.A.||76.10%|
|Volvo Cars N.A.||86.90%|
65% of companies surveyed found new hires through social media in the past year. 57% through Linkedin, 30% through professional or association network sites and 19% through Facebook. The Society of Human Resource Management conducted this survey and also learned that HR professionals almost unanimously recommend that job seekers should have a strong presence on the web. Employers are increasingly searching these sites for potential hires.
On the flip side a large percentage of employers check the web sites of potential hires for content, as do we. Most are pretty well displayed, but too many are not professional and give a negative impression. Poor grammar, bad spelling, inappropriate topics or graphics. It is amazing what people have on their media knowing that an employer has full access to it. If you are in a job search, be sure to police your online presence. Build them like you would a resume with spell and grammar check. If some of your friends post inappropriate items that hit your wall be sure to unfriend them. It just takes one questionable item to hit your wall at the wrong time and you could miss that opportunity.
AutoNews bulletin, David Phillips
The Detroit 3 and Nissan Group, helped by Labor Day promotions and higher light truck demand, all reported double-digit U.S. sales gains for September amid fresh forecasts that the industry would record its strongest performance in more than a decade.
Las Vegas Odds
|2016 US Presidential||2016 US Presidential|
|Sept. 20, 2015 odds||Sept. 20, 2015 odds|
|Hillary Clinton||11/8||Hillary Clinton +150|
|Jeb Bush||9/2||Jeb Bush +450|
|Donald Trump||11/2||Donald Trump +500|
|Bernie Sanders||8/1||Joe Biden +800|
|Joe Biden||10/1||Bernie Sanders +1000|
|Marco Rubio||14/1||Marco Rubio +1400|
|Carly Fiorina||18/1||Scott Walker +2000|
|John Kasich||25/1||Carly Fiorina +2500|
|Scott Walker||33/1||John Kasich +2500|
|Rand Paul||33/1||Ben Carson +3000|
|Ben Carson||40/1||Ted Cruz +4000|
|Chris Christie||40/1||Chris Christie +5000|
|Bobby Jindal||40/1||Elizabeth Warren +10000|
|Ted Cruz||50/1||Rand Paul +10000|
|Mike Huckabee||50/1||Bobby Jindal +25000|
|Rick Santorum||66/1||Plus is the amount you need to bet to win $100.|