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July 10, 2017


MITSUBISHI CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY WITH EXTENDED COVERAGE

Mitsubishi Motors is expanding its warranty coverage for vehicles sold in Canada for a limited time. In addition to Mitsubishi’s 10-year/160,000 kilometres powertrain warranty, now those who buy a Mitsubishi will also get 10-years/160,000km comprehensive coverage and road side assistance.

“For the summer of 2017, we’re making the best warranty in the business even better,” said Tony Laframboise, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. “The limited-time, expanded warranty promotion occurs during Mitsubishi Motors’ 100th anniversary in the auto industry.”



June 29, 2017

DEL PARTNERS WITH GIN-COR

DEL Equipment has entered into a strategic partnership with Gin-Cor Industries, which will allow for availability of more products and services, along with better operational expertise.

“The decision to partner with Gin-Cor Industries is a key step in my succession plan,” said Paul Martin, Secretary and Chairman of the Board, DEL Equipment. “We want to give the business and all of our employees the best opportunity to carry on the legacy my family has created. I am excited about partnering with Luc Stang, CEO, Gin-Cor Industries and his team, who bring strong operational expertise to DEL Equipment’s national capabilities.”

The agreement calls for Gin-Cor to become an equity partner and member of the board for DEL. Luc Stang will now be President and CEO of both companies, with current DEL president, Paul Martin becoming Secretary and Chairman of the Board of DEL.

“The strategic partnership increases both companies’ service reach and capabilities to better serve our customers and partners, and positions us well to meet the needs of customers across all jurisdictions at a time when legislation is increasingly complex,” said Luc Stang, CEO, Gin-Cor Industries. “Knowing that both companies are driven by customer satisfaction, dedicated to innovation and high-quality products, and share a similar strategic vision and business values gives me confidence that this strategic partnership will enable us to significantly increase our footprint in the industry.”



June 23, 2017

NAFA UNVEILS NEW WEB SITE

NAFA Fleet Management Association has introduced a redesigned web site (nafa.org) that is more mobile friendly while featuring improved navigation, functionality and content.

“The clean, modern look of the redesigned www.nafa.org brings first-time visitors and frequent users alike a superior showcase for all that NAFA has to offer,” said Phillip E. Russo, CAE , CEO, NAFA. “The site’s new functionality is targeted and precise, offering a user a streamlined, immersive experience.”

The redesigned web site offers: -Improved navigation and search functionality -Responsive design for mobile visitors -Sortable calendar of events -Fleet community forums -Easy access to NAFA webinars -and an enhanced purchasing experience for NAFA products and services.

“The new www.nafa.org offers fleet professionals a consistent web experience across all platforms, and brings users what they need with ease and speed. It is a phenomenal new era for NAFA’s digital presence,” said Russo.



June 23, 2017

FCA ADDS DIGITAL RETAILING SOLUTION

FCA Canada has introduced a new digital retailing solution in collaboration with Dealertrack Canada. The solution offers dealer web site enhancements that feature a more efficient, secure and transparent process for online vehicle purchase.

“Today’s consumers have high expectations from their online experience,” said Bill Levasseur, Vice-President Sales and Marketing, FCA Canada. “They are extremely well-informed and want control to purchase quickly, with security, accuracy and transparency. Our goal with the dealer website enhancements is to make the car buying experience easier by providing useful, integrated tools which simplify the process and provide consumers peace of mind.”

At the start users will have the ability to pre-qualify and apply for financing on new and used vehicles, use an enhanced payment estimator for actual vehicle inventory. Going forward, FCA plans to add a trade-in estimator, ability to reserve a vehicle with a deposit, and purchase service packages.

“Dealertrack Canada is very excited by this partnership and together, with the goal to facilitate a more efficient and satisfactory buying experience for both consumers and FCA dealers in Canada,” said Richard Evans, Vice-President and GM, Dealertrack Canada. “There is a rapid shift in consumer demand for a digital assisted buying process and additionally our Digital Retailing technology will support buyers while helping drive added volume sales for FCA retailers nationally.”



June 23, 2017

FORD FOCUS PRODUCTION MAKES WAY FOR RANGER

Ford Motor Company has announced most next generation North American Focus models will initially come from China in second half of 2019 to make way for production of the 2018 Ranger mid size pick up. Additional Focus variants will come from Europe at a later date.

“Finding a more cost-effective way to deliver the next Focus program in North America is a better plan, allowing us to redeploy the money we save into areas of growth for the company – especially sport utilities, commercial vehicles, performance vehicles as well as mobility, autonomous vehicles and electrified vehicles,” said said Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president, Global Operations.

Currently, Focus is produced at the Michigan Assembly Plant and will be built there until mid-2018. The plant will than begin building the Ranger pickup truck in late 2018, and Bronco SUV in 2020.

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