September 2, 2014
SPRINTER "BATTLE OF THE VANS" ROLLS INTO TORONTO
As part of its national "Battle of the Vans" cross country commercial van comparison tour, Mercedes-Benz brought its 2014 Sprinter along with its two main competitors to Toronto, Ontario for customers to put the three new van offerings through their paces and let the best van win.
A caravan of commercial vans led by a Sprinter embarks on the street drive fuel economy comparison component of the event.
Event participants were given the opportunity to experience the Sprinters best in class fuel economy benefits on a 45 minute street drive and could compare results using "Watchdog" fuel economy measurement technology. Attendees also took the Sprinter and its competitors through a closed course to compare the braking and handling attributes of the three.
The Sprinter prepares to head out of the gates on the emergency braking comparison test.
As part of the event Sprinter had on hand a number of information charts comparing the MSRP, model length and roof height of the three vans. Mercedes-Benz Academy head instructor Danny Kok also passed on some valuable safe driving tips for those in attendance.
A Sprinter navigates the slalom course with ease.
August 12, 2014
ARI’S WESTERN CANADA FLEET FORUMS
More than 140 were in attendance at ARI’s Western Canada fleet forums held in in Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia. Calgary attendees listened to an industry outlook from Greg Stringham, Vice President, Oil Sands and Markets with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP.) Jay Ingram was the keynote speaker; Ingram is a science journalist with the Discovery Channel Canada.
(From left) Tim Stephens, ARI, with Greg Stringham, CAPP.
At the Vancouver event, a case study on Canada’s first platinum rated E3 Fleet was reviewed. Adam McCluskey, Manager, Inventory and Fleet at the University of British Columbia, was presented with an award recognizing the efforts of the university in it’s carbon reduction efforts.
(From left) Sara Church, ARI, with Tim Courtney, ICBC.
“The UBC and ARI partnership achieved truly groundbreaking results for the environment,” says Peter Nogalo, Marketing Manager at ARI. “To have those results recognized by the E3 Fleet was an added bonus.”
Tim Courtney, Vice President of Commercial Insurance with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC,) presented a view of the pressures facing fleets when it comes to risk and insurance, including factors that can drive premiums.
(From left) Adam McCluskey, University of British Columbia, with Rick Tousaw, ARI.
"We were really fortunate to have Mr. Courtney share his insight with our group,” said Nogalo. “Particularly, how new challenges like distracted driving are affecting both safety and costs.”
Vaughn Palmer, Provincial Affairs political columnist with the Vancouver Sun, gave a briefing on the state of the province.
ARI’s final fleet forum of 2014 will be held in Montreal on October 2nd.
August 12, 2014
CANADIAN BLACK BOOK CHARITY TOURNAMENT ANOTHER ROUSING SUCCESS
Canadian Black Book held its annual golf tournament in support of Tim Hortons Children's fund recently. The event was held at the Mississauga Golf and Country Club and raised over $20,000 for the charity. Among those enjoying the day were Larry Shred, Canadian Black Book, Gord McComb, Auction Express and Ron Porter.
(From left) Larry Shred, Canadian Black Book, Gord McComb, Auction Express and Ron Porter.
July 22, 2014
ENTERPRISE GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES FUNDS TO FIGHT CANCER
Enterprise Rent A Car held its annual golf tournament in support of WICC (Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade) and the Canadian Cancer Society. The event brought together fleet, OEM, dealer remarketing and other automotive professionals to lend support to a worthy cause. Comparing scores at the end of the round were Herb Richter and Randal Narike, Enterprise Holdings along with Dave McQuilkin, White Oak Ford Lincoln and Fred Booth, Fleet Smarts.
Herb Richter, Randal Narike, Enterprise Holdings, Dave McQuilkin, White Oak Ford Lincoln, and Fred Booth, Fleet Smarts.
July 22, 2014
JIM PATTISON LEASE HOSTS ANNUAL PATTISON STAMPEDE BBQ
Jim Pattison Lease, with other Pattison companies, held the 11th Annual Pattison Stampede BBQ in Calgary, Alberta on July 9. The event entertained 2,867 people including customers, vendors and staff. Those present enjoyed a day of carnival activities, barbeque, bull riding photo opportunities, and door prizes. Proceeds from the carnival, 50/50 tickets and a silent auction raised over $7,500 for the Calgary Humane Society, the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Calgary Hospice.
Jim Pattison Lease recently held its Calgary Stampede BBQ.
July 7, 2014
NAFA ONTARIO DONATES TO SICK KIDS HOSPITAL
Mike Cole, NAFA Ontario Chair travelled to Sick Kids Hospital to present them with the proceeds from the recent charity golf tournament held in support of Sick Kids Foundation. The Ontario Chapter Golf Day final tally donation was $25,825 thanks to the generosity of sponsors and participants. The Chapter has already begun working on next year's event and Cole expects it to surpass the excellent results achieved this year.
(From left) Mike Cole, NAFA Ontario, presents Jade De Ciccio, Sick Kids Hospital, with a cheque for $25,825 for the Sick Kids Foundation.
July 1, 2014
FOSS NATIONAL LEASING DELIVERS 20 NEW VEHICLES TO WIND MOBILE
Foss National Leasing delivered 20 2014 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles to Globalive Wireless Management Corporation known in Canada as Wind Mobile.
(From left) Claudio DeAngelis, Foss, Robert Nakou, Wind, and Deborah Pavao and Jeff Hartley, Foss, with the new Chevrolet Equinox vehicles.
Taking part in the delivery were: Robert Nakou, Manager, Corporate Services, WIND Mobile, Deborah Pavao, Account Manager, Foss National Leasing (Account Manager for the WIND account), Jeff Hartley, President, Foss National Leasing, Claudio De Angelis, Remarketing Manager, Foss National Leasing (since 20 vehicles were being returned simultaneously), Richard Jackson, Fleet and Commercial Truck Manager, Roy Foss Motors, Gary Vye and Ron Strachan, Delivery Coordinators, Foss National Leasing.
The “welcoming group” helped drivers ensure all articles were removed from the current vehicle, sign the condition report, made sure Bluetooth was connected and functioning, and that driver of the new vehicle became familiar with functions elements like wipers, turn signals and such.
(From left) Robert Nakou, Wind, with Deborah Pavao and Jeff Hartley, Foss.
“Overall driver satisfaction is the most important part of the delivery. Our selected fleet friendly dealers are an important partner that represent our organization," said Pavao."The importance of transitioning the driver from the current vehicle to the new vehicle as efficiently and complete as possible increases driver satisfaction and optimizes driver downtime."
Members of Foss National Leasing, Roy Foss, and Wind Mobile helped drivers with the delivery process.
June 23, 2014
JIM PATTISON'S ANNUAL SALES CONFERENCE IN WHISTLER
Jim Pattison Lease had its annual Sales Conference in Whistler, British Columbia on June 1 to 4. Pattison account executives took the opportunity to share knowledge and discuss initiatives to further support clients' fleet requirements with new products and services.
(From left) Wayne Rose, Jim Pattison Lease, Joe DeStefano, General Motors Canada, Norm Lyle, Chrysler Canada, Jeff Morton, Ford of Canada, make a presentaiton during the conference.
Sales champions were recognized for providing excellence in customer service. National fleet representatives from Chrysler, Ford and General Motors kept the group informed about emerging trends and developments.
Jimmy Pattison, founder of Jim Pattison Lease, made a keynote appearance and spoke about his inspirations and his passion for the business. He also discussed the range of opportunities and financial stability that the company brings to clients with new services and programs.
Attendees to the Jim Pattison Lease Sales Conference in Whistler, B.C.
June 17, 2014
JIM PATTISON LEASE HOLDS CLIENT EVENT AT MANHEIM TORONTO
Jim Pattison Lease and Manheim Toronto held a client event at the Manheim Toronto auction in Milton, Ontario. Jim Pattison Lease clients were welcomed at the auction facility and given an overview and virtual tour led by Don Wallace, General Manager, Manheim Toronto. Following the introduction, guests were escorted to the auction lanes where they watched Gerry Corcoran, Remarketing Manager, Jim Pattison Lease, manage sales of a number of vehicles across the auction block.
Gerry Corcoran, Remarketing Manager, Jim Pattison Lease speaks to clients at the event.
“We recognize that the true cost of lease ownership is not known until the vehicle has been sold,” said Corcoran. “As depreciation expense is the largest component of vehicle expense, we have developed a sales process that ensures our vehicles are presented to the largest number of potential buyers. Currently 15,000 Canadian dealers participate in online and live auction sales. This maximizes the highest net return for our clients.”
Len Di Salvia (right), Jim pattison Lease with Ralf Iantorno, Automatic Compactors at the auctions lanes.
At the conclusion of the auction sale, the group reconvened for lunch and discussions with representatives of the Jim Pattison Lease team.
June 17, 2014
PHH HOLDS ANNUAL PHARMA FLEET SYMPOSIUM
PHH hosted pharmaceutical fleet customers and prospects at its head office in Mississauga, Ontario for its annual Pharma Fleet Symposium. The event featured a review of PHH’s 2014 Canada Fleet Policy Survey results. Some of the highlights of which were: increased utilization of personal use charges, greater enforcement of Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) checks and the changing nature of pharma fleets vehicle makeup. The symposium also included a vehicle remarketing update and a 2015 new product preview session.
Filomena DeVito, PHH, is flanked by Sahar Seyedzadeh (left) and Sabreena Bhanji (right), Activis Specialty Pharmaceuticals during a break at the symposium.
June 10, 2014
LEASEPLAN CANADA’S CANADIAN INAUGURATION PARTY
LeasePlan officially announced the company’s debut in Canada. The proclamation was at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. The celebration brought together fleet customers, suppliers, and key players in LeasePlan’s global leadership. Jeff Hartley, now President of LeasePlan Canada as well as Foss National Leasing, spoke about how Leaseplan is set to serve the Canadian market.
(From left) Kevin McNally, Karen Foss, and Jeff Hartley, LeasePlan Canada at the official launch.
“The combination of LeasePlan's expertise and resources with Canadian experience has created a great opportunity for LeasePlan Canada to be a driving force in the market very quickly. Global companies in Canada are looking for stability and consistency and that is exactly what LeasePlan brings to them,” said Hartley. “With the recent consolidations in our market we have the opportunity to accelerate this process.” he added.
LeasePlan operates in 31 countries (including the U.S., Mexico, countries of South America, India, Russia, Asia and Western Europe). It manages over 13 million vehicles. LeasePlan will operate in Canada as a Foss National Leasing subsidiary. Foss National Leasing will continue to serve the Canadian market and Jeff Hartley will perform as President of both Foss National and LeasePlan Canada.
"I am honored to be part of such an exciting company that brings an extremely strong North American and International reputation of being the best fleet management solutions provider," said Darlene Spriel, Director, Fleet Solutions, LeasePlan Canada. "The LeasePlan Canada launch event was attended by both our LeasePlan North American and International family members who were excited to meet our Canadian customers, alongside our very valuable business partners that support our team and day to day business operations."
June 10, 2014
PHH HOSTS SALES FLEET USER GROUP
PHH recently hosted its Sales Fleet User Group to review its selector survey results.
(From left) Marjorie Fitzgibbon, Dupont and Patricia Furgiuele, PHH talk about the meeting.
The event included a 2015 vehicle model preview and a Canadian remarketing overview.
June 3, 2014
NAFA ONTARIO GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND
NAFA Ontario members came together in spectacular fashion recently in support of Sick Children’s Hospital at the NAFA Ontario golf day. Fleet managers, suppliers and industry partners enjoyed a great day on the links at Copper Creek golf course in Kleinburg, Ontario and thanks to the generosity of the events many sponsors raised over $25,000 for Sick Kids. Hats off to Stu Ralph, NTA, Mike Cole, MTO, Jennifer Chapman, Wheels and all the other volunteers who contributed to the resounding success of the day.
Mike Cole, NAFA Ontario Chapter Chair, receives a certificate of appreciation on behalf of NAFA Ontario from Lucas Cohen, Sick Childrens hospital.
June 2, 2014
CHRYSLER CANADA’S 2015 200 SEDAN EVENT
Chrysler Canada showed off the new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. A run-down with a full Chrysler product overview including the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles four-year plan, the foundations of Chrysler fleet success (including: customer centric, FMC partnerships, innovative commercial product, aggressive pricing, dealer engagement, and customer loyalty), a quick review of new models kicked-off the session.
(From left) Eddie Stoncius, Farmbro, Bill McNiece and Jeff McNiece, Accro, and Josh Bailey, Canadian Black Book network during the event.
“The Chrysler Fleet Team was delighted with the enthusiastic response for the all new Chrysler 200 among our fleet customers. The striking design and beautiful craftsmanship combined with the segment’s first standard nine-speed automatic transmission, two ultra-fuel efficient engine choices and an optional best-in-class AWD system all combine for an incredible value story," said Ken Tuckey, Senior Manager, National Fleet and Commercial, Chrysler Canada. "The all-new Chrysler 200 truly offers everything that fleet buyers are looking for in the midsize sedan segment.”
This was followed by the unveiling of the 200 sedan and a full description of new features and technologies available on the vehicle. Finally an autocross course was set up for a ride and drive portion with the 200 and competing vehicles.
Chrysler 200 on the autocross course which was part of the ride and drive.
“I enjoyed the event a lot. The practical demonstrations on nine-speed versus six-speed transmissions, un-sprung weight and collision prevention with brake assist really helped with understanding the advances made on the vehicle,” said Baljit Kang, Strategic Consultant, New Vehicle Acquisition, PHH Arval. “The 200 looks, feels and drives like it’s more than a generation ahead of its predecessor.”
To read CAF’s article on the Chrysler 200, click here: www.fleetbusiness.com/ drives/200.html (COMING SOON).
Baljit Kang, PHH Arval with the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200.
"Based on my brief exposure to the new 200 I think Chrysler has the potential for being a disruptive entry in the mid-size sedan market,” said Josh Bailey, Vice-President, Research and Editorial, Canadian Black Book. “Great step up versus the outgoing 200."
“The new Chrysler 200 not only looks good, but it certainly holds its own when it comes to performance, it was a pleasure to drive," said Eddie Stoncius, National Account Manager, Specialty Vehicles, Farmbro.
May 15, 2014
NORTH TORONTO AUCTION’S ANNIVERSARY RECORD
Eleven years of continuing growth was observed at North Toronto Auction recently with the largest and most successful wholesale auction in all those years. Grand prizes, gourmet food, cappuccino bar, and live music marked the celebration.
(From left) Stu Ralph, Matt Rispin, and Fran Panza, Owner/Partners, NTA, during the 11th anniversary auction.
“The excitement at the Anniversary Auction was kicked off with BMW remarketing for the first time and selling 100 per cent,” said Stu Ralph, Partner/Owner, NTA. “Chrysler Canada, GM Financial, TD Auto Financing, Repo Depo, Province of Ontario and major franchise dealer’s consignment made the auction a record day.”
April 28, 2014
ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS HOSTS ANNUAL RENTAL MEETING
Enterprise Holdings held its annual rental meeting in Orlando, Florida recently. The event brought together over 1,500 Enterprise daily rental, fleet management and car sharing district managers, executive team leaders and OEM business partners to share the organizations progress and vision for the future.
(From left) Chrissy Taylor, Senior Vice-President North American Operations, EHI, Paul Belfer, EHI, Judy Grant, Nissan and Randal Narike, EHI share a moment at the meetings culminating dinner.
EHI operates in over 50 countries currently and is on track to grow to over 72 within the next 12 to 18 months.
April 21, 2014
CHRYSLER CANADA HOSTS RAM FLEET EVENT
Chrysler Canada’s fleet team was on hand as Ram pick-up trucks and cargo vans were highlighted for fleet managers in attendance. The event began with a Ram and Chrysler product overview. This overview was followed by in depth presentations about the new 3.0L EcoDiesel powered Ram 1500, Ram Prosmaster (on display with the diesel as well) and the Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500, which focused on the 6.4L HEMI V-8 engine.
Ram Heavy Duty with the Chrysler Canada fleet team who was on hand to answer any questions attendees had.
“The Chrysler Fleet Team was delighted to host the many commercial buyers and Fleet Management Company representatives at the 2014 Ram Fleet Event in Mississauga. From the ultra-fuel efficient RAM 1500 EcoDiesel offering 40mpg highway, to the RAM 3500's best in class towing capability of 30,000lbs they were truly impressed,” said Ken Tuckey, Senior Manager, National Fleet and Commercial Vehicles, Chrysler Canada Inc.. "The all-new 2014 RAM ProMaster was also featured with its low 21inch step-in and high roof. ProMaster is fast becoming a fleet favourite for ease of loading, on road handling and ultimate fuel efficiency. The enthusiastic response from attendees across our RAM Commercial Trucks was confirmation that RAM is well on its way to significant sales growth in the Commercial use market.”
Ram Promaster was one of the main attractions at the meeting in both gas and diesel versions.
To read CAF’s article on the EcoDiesel 1500, click here: www.fleetbusiness.com/drives/ecodiesel.html.
April 1, 2014
PHH HOLDS SALES FLEET FORUM
PHH hosted a cross section of its customers for a Sales Fleet Forum recently. Jim Halliday, President, PHH Arval, brought the group up to speed on technology investments the company is making in support of its fleet customers.
(From left) Claudine Dugas, Nestle Purina Petcare, Greg Grant, PHH, and Tricia Cain, Carlton Cards do some networking during a break in the meeting.
In addition to learning more about PHH’s telematics program opportunities from a number of active users, the group reviewed the findings of the PHH 2013 Canada Sales Fleet Policy Benchmarking Report.
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