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General Motors Fleet hosted its 2018 fleet meeting at the Wynn Las Vegas in May. This year’s theme was “Solutions Summit,” with the company reiterating its longstanding commitment to the fleet and commercial market.

General Motors Canada Fleet held a reception for over 80 Canadian attendees at the meeting. Peter Bagnall, Director, Fleet and Commercial Sales, introduced GM Canada fleet team members, thanked those in attendance for their business and shared details of the success GM Fleet and Commercial Sales is enjoying in 2017.

Ed Peper, US Vice-President, General Motors Fleet, kicked off the General Session by welcoming everyone to the event, tailored to help provide fleet solutions for its wide variety of customers. The session focused on new products, technologies, and how GM can help fleet customers with their unique requirements. GM Brand Managers provided overviews of new products and technologies, including Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Traverse, Cadillac CT6, GMC Terrain, and more.

Day two featured the ever-popular ride and drive portion of the summit at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As a special treat, in addition to drive courses, guests enjoyed hot laps in a Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac ATS-V or a Chevrolet Tahoe Police vehicle. A variety of fleet management related tents and drive courses were available. Employee Satisfaction allowed for head to head drives in GM vehicles against competitor’s products. Safety featured GM vehicles being put through high and low speed courses. Efficiency showed off GM’s line up of alternative fuel vehicles and EVs, including Bolt, Volt, Cruse Diesel and Malibu Hybrid. Driver Productivity showcased GM’s truck portfolio and how they compare to the competition. Trailer Towing Drive allowed attendees to tow using Chevrolet and GMC pickups, and to drive the Express Cargo. Pick-up trucks and police vehicles (Tahoe and Silverado) were put through their paces on an off-road course.

An upfitter corral was at the ride and drive and features a variety of vendors including Adrian Steel and Autotruck. Research garage, Conversation Pits, and a Tech Bar rounded out the ride and drive activities. Each day ended with a networking reception for attendees.

New for 2017, was the addition of an app for the event, which featured information for attendees; including: general event info, agenda, floor plans and maps, speaker information, exhibitor information and contacts, and downloads.

“I think General Motors first ever “Fleet Solutions Summit “ was a great success," said Paul Belfer, Vice-President Vehicle Acquisition, Enterprise Holdings. "The business update provided good insight into what we can expect in Model Year 2018 as Fleet customers. The Ride and Drive portion afforded us an opportunity to get behind the wheel of their lineup in several different venues and courses. All in all Peter Bagnall and the rest of the General Motors team did a terrific job organizing this year’s event and we were thankful for the opportunity to participate”.

(From left) Paul Belfer, EHI. Peter Bagnall, GM Canada, Aaron Johnson and Paul Abraham, Hertz Canada.

(From left) Doug Morris, Enercare, Steve Patterson and Bob Dowse, Adrian Steel, and Bob Mitchell, Sobeys.

(From left) Terry Judge and Judith Scott, Budget Victoria, Barrie Rodgers, Budget Nanaimo, and Tony Leung, BC Budget.

(From left) Natalie Sievert (left) and Jacqui Gough (right), Element Fleet Management flank Debbie McLucas, TD Bank.

(From left) Glenn Hrabovsky, Humberview Chev Buick GMC, Fred Dixon, GM Canada, Sandra Lothian, Humberview Chev Buick GMC, and Jeff Fitchett, Gm Canada.

(From left) Dave Watson, GM, Joe Spano, John Savu, Jay Singer, Discount Car & Truck Rentals Ltd, Peter Bagnall, GM, Tino Carrara, Discount Car & Truck Rentals Ltd.

(From left) Terry Mehler - Ledcor Industries Inc. Simon Therrien - Bell Canada, Brent MacLean - AutoTruck Group, and Charles Mongeau - Bell Canada.

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