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GM PARTNERS WITH FLEET COMPLETE
General Motors will partner with Fleet Complete to help accelerate delivery of internet-of-things (IoT) enabled services on OnStar-equipped vehicles in the United States. Model year 2015 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles for small business and commercial fleets are part of the program.

“Connectivity is the future, and fleets of all sizes are rapidly embracing innovative, data-driven business solutions that can help them improve safety and reduce operating costs,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, General Motors Fleet. “The combination of OnStar connectivity and our built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot opens the door for people to put very sophisticated software and analytical tools to work quickly and efficiently.”

Fleet Complete’s CONNVEX platform used with OnStar can help with driver behaviour, operational efficiency, expenses and downtime.

“Our collaboration attests to the fact that integrated connected vehicles, especially in business, are becoming the new norm Working together with GM will simplify consumer access to connected vehicle technologies and help more fleet-owning businesses thrive.” said Tony Lourakis, CEO, Fleet Complete.


GEELY GLOBAL GAINS GROW
The founder of Chinese carmaker Geely, Li Shufu has become Daimler's largest investor after purchasing close to 10 percent of the German car and truck maker, according to Bloomberg news.

"Competitors who are challenging the global car industry in the 21st century technologically are not part of the automotive industry today. To succeed and seize the technology high ground, one must have friends, partners and alliances." Li said in a statement.

Geely also owns Volvo Cars AB as well as the producer of London's famed black taxi cabs. The company also has a large stake in truck maker Volvo AB and sports car manufacturer Lotus cars.

Geely said Li, the Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding company, expects to benefit from Daimler's investment in new technologies in the race to shift to electric and autonomous vehicles.


JAGUAR LAND ROVER PARTNERS WITH WAYMO

Jaguar Land Rover has formed a long-term strategic partnership with Waymo. They will develop a premium self-driving electric vehicle that will be used for Waymo’s driverless transportation service.

“While we've been focused at Waymo on building the world's most experienced driver, the team at Jaguar Land Rover has developed an all-new battery-electric platform that looks to set a new standard in safety, design and capability,” said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Waymo. “We're sure Waymo riders will enjoy the safe, premium and delightful experience that the self-driving I-PACE will provide.”

JLR and Waymo will designed and engineer a self-driving I-PACE. The vehicle with Waymo self-driving technology will begin testing later this year. Up to 20,000 I-PACE vehicles will be built in the first two years of production and be available for Waymo’s driverless service.

“With the Jaguar I-PACE we have a world-beating car that’s captured the imagination of customers around the world. Our passion for further advancing smart mobility needs expert long-term partners,” said Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover. “In joining forces with Waymo we are pioneering to push the boundaries of technology. Together we will deliver the self-driving Waymo Jaguar I-PACE with the grace, space and eco-pace that customers expect.”


PETER MANSBRIDGE TO MAKE KEYNOTE AT ARI FORUM

ARI will welcome Peter Mansbridge former CBC news anchor of The National as the keynote speaker at its Toronto Fleet Forum.

The Fleet Forum is set for May 23 at Angus Glen in Markham, Ontario, and will also include an ARI update from Chris Conroy, President and CEO, ARI, presentations on Fleet Future Technology – Advanced Analytics and Fleet AI with Don Woods and Mike Stallone, and Fleet Best Practices by Charlie Guthro.

The popular Outdoor Fleet Expo also returns as does complimentary golf.

For more information contact: info@arifleet.ca.
EMKAY CANADA NEW LOCATION
EMKAY Canada has announced it will be moving to a new larger Canadian head office in Mississauga. The new office will open on April 30, and include numerous amenities, prime location, and improved visitor experience.

New location information is as follows: EMKAY Canada, 55 Standish Court, Suite 440, Mississauga, Ontario, L5R 4B2, with office number being 1-855-225-5575, and fax number being 647-426-3955.

The current office will close on April 27; however, all website, phones and email queues will be operational during the changeover to the new office.


NAFA I&E NAMED TO 2017 TOP US TRADE SHOWS
NAFA Institute and Expo (I&E) was named to Trade Show News Network 2017 Top US Trade Shows. Rankings are based on net square footage of shows in the United States. I&E was number 201 of all events.

“Being named to Trade Show News Network’s list of top trade shows reinforces NAFA’s mission to guide and support the fleet industry, and speaks volumes about the value I&E provides to fleet and mobility professionals,” said NAFA CEO Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “Year after year, I&E continues to be the largest gathering of fleet and mobility professionals in the industry not only because of largest fleet expo in the world, but also because of the cutting-edge training and array of networking opportunities offered.

The 2018 I&E is April 24-27, in Anaheim, Calif. It hosts over 2,000 fleet professionals with an expo that covers 200,000 gross square feet (60,000 net) and over 260 exhibiting companies.


MITSUBISHI MOTORS HELPS BREAKFAST CLUB OF CANADA

(From left) Tony Laframboise, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada presents a $100,000 donation to Mandy Desautels, Breakfast Club of Canada.
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada donated $100,000 to Breakfast Club of Canada as part of its annual commitment to the organization.

“Today, as we unveil the Outlander PHEV to Western Canada, it is fitting that we also take this opportunity to draw attention to the importance of stimulating the young minds that will nurture innovation for a more sustainable future,” said Tony Laframboise, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. “Together with Mitsubishi Motor dealers across the country, we proudly support the Breakfast Club of Canada.”

Mitsubishi presented a cheque to Breakfast Club of Canada at the Vancouver International Auto Show, where 52 schools in the greater Vancouver area are impacted by the organization.

“Mitsubishi Motors partnership helps us to support breakfast programs at schools across the country and offers students the chance to start their day with the fuel they need to learn which is invaluable,” Lisa Clowery, National Corporate Relations Director, Breakfast Club of Canada.


CARPROOF NOW CARFAX CANADA

CARPROOF Corporation has changed its name to Carfax Canada effective October 2018.

"We want our customers to know that this is a change in name only," says Shawn Vording, vice-president of automotive sales at CARPROOF. "Our partners will still receive the comprehensive history and valuation information they have come to expect from CARPROOF. This decision was driven by our commitment to continuous growth and will allow us to provide better products and services to a greater audience."

CARPROOF now is aligned with the US-based Carfax, which helps to leverage the globally-known Carfax brand to consumers and dealer customers in Canada. IHS Markit owns both companies.


MAGNA GETS A LYFT ON AUTONOMOUS
Magna and Lyft will jointly fund, develop, and manufacture self-driving systems.

"There is a new mobility landscape emerging and partnerships like this put us at the forefront of this change," said Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technology Officer, Magna. "Lyft's leadership in ridesharing and Magna's automotive expertise makes this strategic partnership ideal to effect a positive change as a new transportation ecosystem unfolds."

Development of the self-driving system will be led by Lyft at its self-driving engineering center. Manufacturing will be led by Magna, and will join Lyft’s development team to add their system knowledge, safety and ADAS expertise and manufacturing capabilities. Lyft will use Magna’s automotive experience for its fleet’s self-driving system.

The systems will be able to be deployed on the Lyft network or through Magna’s ability to deploy technologies across wide ranges of uses that benefit the entire automotive industry. The technology which is scalable could be market-ready in a few years.

"Together with Magna, we will accelerate the introduction of self-driving vehicles by sharing our technology with automotive OEMs worldwide," said Logan Green, CEO, Lyft. "This is an entirely new approach that will democratize access to this transformative technology."

Magna will also invest $200 million in Lyft equity.


EMKAY WINS THREE STEVIE AWARDS
EMKAY has won three 2018 Stevie Awards after being a finalist in multiple categories.

EMKAY won one Silver award (Sales Achievement of the Year – Silver), and two bronze awards (Back-Office Customer Service Team of the Year – Bronze, and Award for Innovation in Sales – Bronze).

It is the 10th year in a row that EMKAY one smallhas won multiple Stevie awards.


WHEELS WINS STEVIE
Wheels Inc was named the winner of the Bronze Steve Awards for Sales and Customer Service winner in Customer Service Department of the Year category.

“Wheels is committed to providing exceptional customer service that supports our clients’ success. To demonstrate our commitment, Integration Services continuously evaluates its own processes and makes improvements in order to deliver an exceptional client experience,” said Kurt Paquin, Senior Director, Solution Services. “We’re pleased the judges recognized the efforts our team has put in to perfecting our process.”

Wheels’ Integration Services team won the award for the second consecutive year. It was honoured for its client-centric approach to managing custom process requests. It focused on two area of improvement, organizational alignment and data quality.


SUBARU CANADA CELEBRATES 40 YEARS

Subaru Auto Canada Limited (now Subaru Canada Inc) began in 1978 with seven dealerships selling Subaru products. 40 years later, those dealerships are still operating, but the total has grown to 93 across Canada.

"For 40 years, Subaru has been delivering safe, reliable, versatile and fun-to-drive vehicles to countless Canadians," said Yasushi Enami, Chairman, President and CEO, Subaru Canada, Inc. "This isn't just a celebration of 40 years for Subaru in Canada, but a celebration of all the customers that have helped to get us here."

To help celebrate the anniversary, Subaru has released a new logo, as well as displaying a 1969 Subaru 360 (first vehicle sold by Subaru in North America) at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Subaru also displayed special edition models: 2018 WRX STI Type RA, 2018 BRZ tS, and the all-new 2019 Ascent, at the show.


FLEXY FINALISTS
NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) has named the finalists for the 2018 Fleet Excellence Awards, also known as FLEXYs.

Finalists are:

Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Fleet Management
· Karla Guajardo, Fleet Manager, Honeywell International
· Adam Orth, CAFM®, Fleet Services Manager, General Mills Inc.
· Yogi Shivdasani, LKQ Corporation

Excellence in Fleet Safety – Corporate
· Kevin Everett, Fleet and Environmental Manager, at EMCOR Services, MESA Energy Systems
· Andy Gattermeyer, Road Safety Advisor, BP Pipeline
· Joe Suarez, Director, Florida Power & Light Company

Excellence in Fleet Sustainability – Corporate
· Michael Bieger, Senior Director Global Fleet, ADP Inc.
· Sharon Etherington, Manager of Regional Procurement Services, Roche
· Safelite AutoGlass, Columbus, Ohio

Excellence in Fleet Safety – Public
· Patrick Bartole, CAFM, Fleet Manager, New Jersey City University Dept. of Facilities and Construction Management
· Charles Grab, UCONN Transportation and Fleet Services
· Rick Medina, Fleet, Fuel, and Equipment Services, Mission Support and Test Services LLC

Outstanding Achievement in Public Fleet Management
· Ronald Gitelman, CAFM, Fleet Administrator, Yale University
· Robert Gordon, Director of Fleet Management, DeKalb County Fleet Management
· Kathy Wellik, CAFM, Director, Iowa State University Transportation Services

Excellence in Fleet Sustainability – Public
· Richard Battersby, CAFM, Fleet Manager, City of Oakland Public Works
· Rick Medina, Fleet, Fuel, and Equipment Services, Mission Support and Test Services LLC
· Angela Sherick-Bright, Assistant General Manager, City of Los Angeles General Services Dept.

Excellence in Fleet Leadership
· Mario Moses, Fleet and Sourcing Manager, Bayer
· Steven Schoen, Director, Mobility Services Americas, Siemens
· Joe Suarez, Florida Power & Light Company

Winners will be announced at the Flexy Excellence Awards during NAFA Institute and Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.


ONTARIO TO WIDEN HIGHWAY 401
An 18 kilometre stretch of Highway 401 is being widened to help improve the flow of traffic. Widening will take place from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton.

"This stretch of highway is one of the busiest in the province and is vital to the movement of people and goods in Ontario and the United States,” said Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation. “Our government is committed to making the necessary infrastructure investments that sustain the economic growth in the GTA. Adding new lanes will keep traffic moving so businesses can get their products to market and people can get where they need to be sooner."

A request for proposals to design, build and finance the highway has been undertaken. The winning bid will be announced in 2019. HOV lanes will be added as part of the design.

The stretch of highway has average daily traffic in Peel and Halton of 118,000 to 175,000 vehicles per day.


TOYOTA ACCELERATES AUTONOMOUS DEVELOPMENT
Toyota Motor Corporation has created a new company whose aim it will be to accelerate advanced development for automated driving. Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) will see Toyota, Denso Corporation and Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., jointly developing fully-integrated, production-quality software for automated driving.

The companies plan to invest over 300 billion yen in the TRI-AD, initially with 300 employees (growing to around 1,000) with headquarters in Japan. Dr. James Kuffner will be CEO of TRI-AD, he is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Toyota Research Institute (TRI), based in North America.

"Building production-quality software is a critical success factor for Toyota's automated driving program," said Kuffner. "This company's mission is to accelerate software development in a more effective and disruptive way, by augmenting the Toyota Group's capability through the hiring of world-class software engineers.

Key objectives of TRI-AD are:
- Create a smooth software pipeline from research-to-commercialization, leveraging data-handling capabilities.
- Strengthen coordination with TRI and efficiently link research results to product development.
- Strengthen the collaboration within the Toyota Group in the domains of research and advanced development.
- Recruit and employ top-level engineers globally, while cultivating and coordinating the strong talent within the Toyota Group.

"Toyota is known for the quality and efficiency of the Toyota Production System (TPS). I have no doubt that we can translate the fundamental ideas of TPS from the production of hardware to the production of software, and dramatically enhance Toyota's software capabilities," said Dr. Gill Pratt, TMC Fellow, TRI CEO and Chairman of the new TRI-AD Board of Directors.


AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE DEVELOPMENTS
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has announced that the Office of Administrative Law approved regulations allowing for autonomous vehicles to be tested and deployed for public use without an approved driver on California roads.

“This is a major step forward for autonomous technology in California,” said Jean Shiomoto, Director, DMV. “Safety is our top concern and we are ready to begin working with manufacturers that are prepared to test fully driverless vehicles in California.”

The new rules come into effect on April 2, at which point the DMV can issue permits. Vehicle OEMs must get a driverless testing or deployment permit from the DMV to comply with the new rules. They can still apply for permits with a driver if they wish.

Testing and deployment of autonomous trucks or other commercial vehicles is not covered under the new regulations. DMV and California High Patrol will collaborate to look at the safety and regulatory considerations for those vehicles.


AJAC REWARDS INNOVATION

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the 2018 Innovation Award winners as part of the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.








AJAC WINNERS

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named its 2018 Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.








CAR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the three finalists for each of the 2018 Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.


MAVEN CROSSES BORDER
Maven is available in Toronto, Ontario, its first expansion outside the U.S.

“Bringing Maven car sharing to Toronto not only reduces congestion, but also represents the latest step in the development of General Motors’ mobility footprint in Canada,” said Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, General Motors of Canada. “The launch of Maven follows the recent opening of our Canadian Technical Centre – Markham Campus, the largest automotive technology development centre of its kind in Canada and furthers our ability to bring new solutions to existing problems and redefine the future of mobility in Toronto and beyond.”

Maven, owned by General Motors, will be available in parking lots throughout the city. 40 vehicles will be available, including: Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Tahoe, Trax and Volt; GMC Acadia and Yukon; and Cadillac ATS and XT5.

Maven has no signup or membership fees, with members paying rates starting from $9 per hour which includes gas and insurance minus a deductible). All vehicles have OnStar, Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM radio.

“Toronto has a unique spirit. Residents are constantly on the go and want more sharing and mobility options,” said Julia Steyn, Vice-President, General Motors Urban Mobility and Maven. “Maven offers cars Torontonians want to drive to help them be there for the moments that matter.”


TMMC #1
Toyota Canada Incorporated's primary supplier Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) was the number one Canadian automaker and net exporter of vehicles in 2017 with 571,535 units built at its facilities.

“Toyota Canada is very proud that our number one supplier is not only a Canadian company but also the number one maker of vehicles in Canada,” said Larry Hutchinson, President and CEO, Toyota Canada Inc. “More than 40 per cent of the vehicles we sold in Canada were built right here by Canadians.”

TMMC has three facilities in Canada, in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario. It builds the Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV4, Lexus RX 350 and Lexus RX 450 hybrid. Toyota has built over seven million vehicles in Canada since it began to do so in 1988.

“We have a very strong partnership with TMMC and its Team Members, and each Toyota vehicle manufactured in Canada delivers the quality, dependability and reliability that our Canadian customers have come to expect,” Hutchinson added. “And the support of our Canadian customers – and their communities across the country – has allowed us to grow our business in Canada for over 50 years.”


MAP MARKS MILESTONE
Wheels Inc., Maintenance Assistance Program (MAP) celebrated its 45th anniversary recently.

Initially the program allowed drivers to get replacement tires locally through national suppliers. Now it offers a nationwide network of 38,000m select facilities that offer maintenance and repair services (tires, oil change, brakes, glass, rentals and towing).

“An important part of the success of our Maintenance Assistance Program over the past 45 years has been the partnerships we’ve built with our network maintenance providers. The relationships are transparent, collaborative, and focused on delivering the best experience and value possible for our clients,” said Brian Simek, Sr. Manager, Maintenance & Mechanical Repair.

A major part of MAP’s success is its advisors (technical advisors are required to be ASE-certified, and many also hold advanced certification), they oversee and approve work, handle supplier question and provide accountability.

“We’ve come a long way since those days. Today everything is automated: we push emails to alert drivers of upcoming or past-due maintenance work, and just launched an updated version of our mobile app that uses a combination of GPS and ZIP code locator technology to provide drivers faster access to nearby network suppliers,” said Simek.


ARI 2018 FLEET FORUM DATES
ARI has announced four dates for its 2018 cross-Canada fleet forum series. Events will be held in Toronto, Ontario on May 23, Montreal, Quebec on September 13, Calgary, Alberta on October 16, and Vancouver, British Columbia on October 17.

“We are excited to once again bring together our clients, partners and ARI subject matter experts for our Cross-Canada Fleet Forum Series,” said Peter Nogalo, Marketing Manager, ARI. “The events prove year after year to be an excellent way to share the latest in fleet technology and trends, as well as to facilitate networking within our industry.”

Keynote speakers for the forums will be announced at a later date, registration for Toronto forum will open in early April. For more information contact ARI at info@arifleet.ca.


FIELD NARROWS FOR CAR OF THE YEAR

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the winners of 14 vehicle categories as part of the 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and 2018 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.


SILVERADO DIESEL ENGINE IN LIKE FLINT
Flint Engine Operations in Flint, Michigan will build the all-new Duramax 3.0 litre turbo-diesel engine for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.

“The next-generation Silverado builds on the success of our current models, many of which are produced here in Flint. We are proud to expand the industry-leading diesel portfolio here in Vehicle City,” said John Urbanic, Flint Engine Operations plant manager.

Flint Engine produces a 1.4L engine that is used in the Chevrolet Cruze, Vot and Equinox. Flint Engine Operations received an investment of $263 million in 2015 for a new engine line.


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