December 16, 2013
NAFA HOLDS ONTARIO MEETING
NAFA’s Ontario chapter held an Adverse Conditions and Eco-Driving Seminar in Milton, Ontario. The event kicked off with an update from Mike Cole, Chapter Chair, about NAFA activities and the planned NAFA Institute and Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2014. An interactive seminar led by Steve Collins from DriveWise Canada was based on instructional materials and practical demos. Kal Tire was present and elaborated on the topic of differences in tires. All attending had the opportunity to participate in an Eco-Driving challenge on a simulator.
NAFA’s Ontario chapter recently held an Adverse Conditions and Eco-Driving Seminar.
December 3, 2013
EMKAY OPENS A THIRD INNOVATION SERVICE CENTRE IN CALGARY
EMKAY Inc., has opened an all-new Innovation Service Centre in Calgary, Alberta, the third of three openings; Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario (which is also the Canadian head office) centres are already functioning. The Calgary event showcased EMKAY’s technology and featured a tour of the facility for guests.
“It was a great honor to be able to introduce the third EMKAY Innovation Service Center to the industry and show off a space where EMKAY’s visitors can experience fleet first hand,” said Paul Turner, President, EMKAY Canada. “The EMKAY Calgary Innovation Service Center is the first of its kind in the Western Canadian marketplace, and I am thrilled to be a part of the team that developed this groundbreaking concept.”
November 26, 2013
MERCEDES-BENZ PREVIEWS THE NEW 2014 SPRINTER
Mercedes-Benz Canada previewed the new 2014 Sprinter van to a group of invited guests at Mercedes-Benz Green Lane in Markham, Ontario. The event included test drive opportunities for the new Sprinter that has a redesigned exterior with new headlights and front fascia, a more upscale interior and a four-cylinder diesel engine added to the line-up.
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
“We will continue to raise the bar and establish a new threshold in the light duty commercial vehicle segment with the launch of the next generation 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter,” said Miki Velemirovich, Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans Canada. “With a bold new look, numerous interior refinements, ground breaking safety systems and the addition of a powerful and fuel efficient 4-cylinder engine to the line-up, we will further bolster our unparalleled position in the market.”
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
A V-6 engine remains available; the new four cylinder provides 161 horsepower and 265 foot/pounds of torque matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission (also standard on V-6). Sprinter will be available in cargo, passenger and chassis cab.
Also new for 2014 is a 5.8-inch colour screen with Bluetooth and iPod interface as standard equipment, and is available with optional navigation system. Additional safety features are collision prevention assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot assist and highbeam assist. A rearview camera is available on all models and standard with a navigation system.
Some upfitted Sprinter model examples were also onsite.
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
“Mercedes-Benz Toronto Retail Group ran a superb event to showcase the new 2014 Sprinter. We were happy to support the event by providing upfit product information to clients demonstrating complete vehicle and equipment solutions,” said Andy Maynard, Regional Account Manager, Farmbro Inc. “Farmbro recognizes the growth and continued improvements the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter team is making to their vehicles and operations. We look forward to the new Sprinter facility opening in Mississauga this year as it will bring more focus on Sprinter at the dealer level and create an opportunity for Sprinter to distinguish itself from the competition.”
Watch for the next issue of FVT for a preview of the new 2014 Sprinter.
November 26, 2013
TALKAUTO’S SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Canadian Black Book (CBB) along with JD Power hosted TalkAUTO Canada an event created last year to provide an annual opportunity for all those interested in and involved with the auto industry in Canada to come together and share ideas. The second annual edition of TalkAUTO Canada took place at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto, Ontario. A wide range of the automotive industry matters were discussed by way of presentations, panel discussions, breakouts, and networking opportunities.
A dealer Issues panel addressed topics that are critical to auto dealers.
“As the name may imply, we wanted TalkAUTO to be a starting point for further conversations,” said Josh Bailey, Vice-President, Research and Editorial, CBB. “Based on what we’ve heard from our guests that objective has been met. We are hopeful to mount the event again next year and see the audience grow again.”
Mike VanNieuwkuyk, JD Power, spoke about the competitive advantage given through the in-vehicle experience.
The keynote address was provided by Eduardo Villaverde, President and CEO, BMW Group Canada. He focused on electrification and the future of mobility. Morning sessions included an outlook on the Canadian automotive sector by Jeff Schuster, LMC Automotive; the in-car experience by Mike VanNieuwkuyk, JD Power; Canadian market trends, Josh Bailey, CBB; and Canadians and fuel economy by students from Georgian College.
A dealer Issues panel addressed topics that are critical to auto dealers. The panel included: Christopher Pfaff, Pfaff Automotive Partners, Hugh Sisley, Sisley Honda, Francesco Policaro, Policaro Automotive Family, and Shawn Morris, Grand Touring Automobiles, and was moderated by Allison Goodwin, Roy Speed & Ross Ltd.
Eduardo Villaverde, President and CEO, BMW Group Canada with new BMW i3.
The event concluded with afternoon breakout sessions that discussed: the next generation buyer, long term auto financing in Canada, retained growth opportunities, and using media to your advantage.
November 15, 2013
ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT HOLDS GRAND OPENING OF NEW OFFICES
Element Fleet Management initiated its combined offices with a grand opening. The event marks the consolidation of the former TLS Fleet Management and GE Capital Canadian fleet businesses under one roof. On hand were Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga, Mike Harris, past Premier of the Province of Ontario, Steven Hudson, Chairman and CEO, Element Financial Corporation, Troy Campbell, President, Element Fleet Management, and invited guests.
(From left) Troy Campbell, Element Fleet Management, Hazel McCallium, Mayor of Mississauga, Steven Hudson, Element Financial Corporation, and Mike Harris, former Premier of Ontario during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
“Together, operating under one roof as Element Fleet Management, we are well positioned to serve our customers with strong strategic consulting capabilities, reliable access to competitively priced capital and an ability to provide financing for a diverse mix of assets across a broad range of industries,” said Campbell.
Hazel McCallium, Mayor of Mississauga, with Steven Hudson, Element Financial Corporation, cutting the ceremonial cake.
The offices, located at 4 Robert Speck Parkway in Mississauga, Ontario, feature 50,000 square feet of space and will have more than 220 employees. Element’s technology finance business unit will also be located at the new offices.
November 15, 2013
PFAFF AUTOMOTIVE PARTNERS OPEN NEW VW DEALERSHIP
Pfaff Automotive Partners held a grand opening celebration for a new Volkswagen dealership in Newmarket, Ontario. The 70,000 square foot facility succeeds the original location in which Pfaff VW had been located for close to 50 years.
(From left) Bruce Lindsay, Volkswagen Canada, with Jerome Flanagan, Pfaff Automotive Partners, with a VW Touareg.
"It's incredible to think that almost 50 years ago my father began this company with Volkswagen and now we have come full circle with the opening of one of the largest Volkswagen dealerships in the country," said Christopher Pfaff, CEO and President, Pfaff Automotive Partners.
"We have always felt a strong connection to the iconic brand and we hope to continue our successful relationship with VW well into the future."
New Pfaff VW dealership in Newmarket.
Located at 16885 Leslie Street in Newmarket, the grand opening welcomed guests and media who enjoyed music by New York’s Brendan Fallis, generous food and drinks, a photo booth, a candy bar, and a superb collection of vintage VW vehicles.
November 15, 2013
PHH 2013 SYMPOSIUM SERIES CONCLUDES IN VANCOUVER
The final event in a series of PHH Arval cross-Canada Fleet Management Symposiums took place at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“Through the symposium series we aim to connect with industry executives, including major automotive manufacturers and our supplier partners, and learn more about the current needs and goals of our clients,” said Pat Furgiuele, Senior Vice-President and GM Canada, PHH Arval. “Listening to our clients and understanding more about their businesses is incredibly beneficial as we prepare for the future of fleet.”
Fleet management clients participated in discussions and workshops on topics of maintenance, remarketing, telematics, risk and safety. Previous PHH symposiums had taken place in Mississauga, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta.
November 4, 2013
KIA CANADA HOSTS GUESTS AT FOOTBALL TRAINING GROUND
Kia Canada invited journalists to the Kia Training Ground, situated at the Toronto Football Club (FC) Academy at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario. Guests toured the facilities and learned about the organization of the academy and training centre.
A ride and drive followed which included the new 2014 Soul, Cadenza, Forte, Rondo and Sorento on a closed auto cross course.
Kia also did a presentation about the company’s progress so far in 2013 and introduction to new 2014 models. A ride and drive followed which included the new 2014 Soul, Cadenza, Forte, Rondo and Sorento on a closed auto cross course.
October 29, 2013
MERCEDES-BENZ CANADA HOSTS EXCLUSIVE 2014 CLA-CLASS PREVIEW FOR FLEET CUSTOMERS
Mercedes-Benz Canada hosted an exclusive 2014 CLA-Class preview for its fleet customers at its Training Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Tim Reuss, President, Mercedes-Benz Canada shared some of the new vehicles attributes with the audience as well as bringing them up to speed on the company’s successes this year.
Mercedes-Benz Canada corporate sales team was on hand to answer any questions attendees had about the CLA.
Product Specialist, Andrew Lebret, took event attendees through a review of the front wheel drive, five passenger CLA including details about its 2.0 litre turbo charged four-cylinder engine which produces 208 horsepower with 258 foot/pounds of torque mated to a seven-speed automatic dual clutch transmission.
Tim Reuss, made a presentation, bringing visitors up to date about how Mercedes is doing so far this year.
October 28, 2013
EMKAY’S SECOND REGIONAL GRAND OPENING
EMKAY Inc., held a grand opening for its all-new Innovation Service Center at their Canadian Headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. The event showcased EMKAY’s technology and allowed a tour of the facility for clients, industry professions and vendors.
(From left) Les Reiner, HEather Phibbs, Paul Turner, EMKAY Canada, and Norm Lyle, Chrysler Canada, at the grand opening.
“It was a great honor to be able to introduce the EMKAY Canadian Headquarters to the industry and show off the newest technology we have to offer,” said Paul Turner, President, EMKAY Canada. “The EMKAY Innovation Service Center is the first of its kind in our industry, and I am thrilled to be a part of the team that developed this groundbreaking concept.”
The Innovation Service Center opening in Toronto, comes on the heels of the Montreal ISC, the first to be launched. It will be located at 109 Atlantic Ave, Suite 300 in Toronto. One more location will be added.
“The Innovation Service Center is a unique concept that was designed to provide a space where EMKAY’s visitors can experience fleet first hand,” remarked Chris Tepas, Executive Vice President for EMKAY. “We wanted to provide an environment where you can work one-on-one with your team here at EMKAY and really touch and feel your fleet through our technology, tools and people.”
October 21, 2013
MANHEIM’S CLIENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
Manheim Canada recently convened a Client Advisory Board (CCAB) meeting in Northern Ontario. The agenda covered processes and information about customer challenges. Present were Janet Barnard, Executive Vice-President and COO Manheim, Nick Peluso, Senior Vice-President of Customer Management, senior leaders from Manheim’s product development group and operational excellence team. All participated leading the meeting through updates and discussion.
Customers hear about recent research at Manheim Canada’s Client Advisory Board meeting.
“We wanted to show our customers how carefully we listen to them and how seriously we take finding solutions to their challenges,” said Barnard, “We were pleased to share some new solutions we’ve brought to the market as a direct result of feedback from CCAB members.”
Advisory Board members reviewed new products and services and was briefed by Manheim’s Customer Research and Insight group.
“Our goal was to provide a collaborative and productive session for the attendees,” said Peluso. “We also want to reinforce our commitment to this market, and the value we place on customer input. I’m very pleased with the feedback we’ve heard so far.”
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