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May 19, 2015
NAFA ONTARIO 2015 GOLF TOURNAMENT

NAFA Ontario will host the 2015 Charity Golf Tournament at Copper Creek Golf Club in Kleinburg, Ontario Thursday, May 28. For the third year funds raised will go to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. The 2014 fundraiser had sponsors and participants raise $25,800 for charity.

“We have over 30 corporate sponsors from across the fleet industry along with several unique prize packages that are available for an additional donation, including a keg of St-Ambroise beer from McAuslan Brewery, a television from North Toronto Auction and a duffle bag full of golf balls and a cash prize from FCA Canada,” said Mike Cole, Ministry Of Transport.

Over 140 golfers are expected to play. The planning committee included Jennifer Chapman, Foss National Leasing; Mike Cole, NAFA Vice-President for Canada; Chris Hill, Fleet Challenge; Jo-Anne Lamontagne, Mercedes-Benz Canada; Jeff Meggitt, York Region; and Stu Ralph, North Toronto Auction.

For more information, contact: Jennifer Chapman, at jennchapman70@gmail.com.

May 19, 2015
ELECTRIC MOBILITY CANADA CONFERENCE SET TO START NEXT WEEK

Electric Mobility Canada, dedicated to the promotion of electric mobility, will hold the EV2015VE Conference and Trade Shown May 25 to 27 at the Westin Nova Scotian hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Conference theme this year is “ Innovation and Infrastructure”. Four technical sessions deal with Energy Storage Technology, Infrastructure Advancements and User Experience, Progress in EV Engineering, and Smart Utilities Integrating EVs. In addition, sessions on the National Road Map will include overviews on communication and car sharing, infrastructure and R&D, and pre-commercialization.

Online registration for the Conference event will close on May 22. To register online, visit: emc-mec.ca/ev2015ve/registration/ or to get more information visit: emc-mec.ca/ev2015ve/.

May 19, 2015
MAZDA AND TOYOTA PARTNERSHIP

Mazda and Toyota are preparing to partner an arrangement that will allow both companies to leverage resources as well as complementing and enhancing products.

“As evidenced by their SKYACTIV Technologies and KODO—Soul of Motion design, Mazda has proven that it always thinks of what is coming next for vehicles and technology, while still managing to stay true to its basic carmaking roots,” said Akio Toyoda, President, Toyota. “In this way, Mazda very much practices what Toyota holds dear: making ever-better cars. I am delighted that our two companies can share the same vision and work together to make cars better. I can think of nothing more wonderful than showing the world—together—that the next 100 years of cars will be just as fun as the first.”

“Toyota is a company that has shown steadfast resolve in acting responsibly on global environmental issues and the future of manufacturing as a whole,” said Masamichi Kogai, President and CEO, Mazda. “I also have tremendous respect for Toyota’s dedication in its pursuit of ever-better cars through ongoing innovation. Furthermore, Mazda identifies with the way Toyota cherishes its roots and all of the communities it is involved in. It is no wonder they are held in great esteem in return. I hope that by working together to make cars better, we can raise the value of cars in the eyes of consumers while also enhancing the manufacturing capabilities of our home, Hiroshima, and all the communities we are involved in as well.”

A committee representing both brands will be created to determine how best to utilize each company’s strengths and utilizations.

May 12, 2015
ARI INTRODUCES SUSTAINABLEWORKS

ARI has launched SustainableWorks, a consulting service to help organizations configure fleets supported by the program’s clean, efficient, cost-effective fleet solutions.

SustainableWorks is designed to help clients develop and implement sustainable strategies. Experienced consultants will help fleets optimize operations reducing total cost of ownership and enhancing environmental performance.

“Major advancements in vehicle technology, communication systems and analytics capabilities give fleet managers more opportunities than ever before to optimize their fleet operations in a clean and cost-effective manner,” said Brian Matuszewski, Manager of Sustainable Strategies, ARI. “SustainableWorks has been created to simplify this process by providing fleet managers with a single point of contact to define fleet objectives, conduct a comprehensive analysis and deliver a customized solution that includes a complete strategy for successful implementation.”

Typically, the SustainableWorks team studies the life cycle of a vehicle fleet to determine how best to customize recommendations and solutions; these Include “evaluating fleet utilization, determining how best to strategically implement clean technology vehicles, develop more efficient driver behavior strategies, and implement comprehensive fleet emissions reporting.

v May 4, 2015
VW'S TWO MILLIONTH VEHICLE SOLD IN CANADA

A Volkswagen Tiguan was sold to an Ontario customer in Brampton, making it the two millionth vehicle sold by the company in Canada.

"We are so very proud to have a shared history with so many Canadians," said Maria Stenstrom, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group Canada. "Our cars have become a part of people's lives, and we can't wait to see what the future will bring."

Introduced in Canada in 1952 at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario with eight vehicles, VW has been in Canada for 63 years.



April 28, 2015
100,000TH POLICE INTERCEPTOR PRODUCED

100,000th Ford Police Interceptor
100,000th Ford Police Interceptor.
Troy Design and Manufacturing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, completed production of the 100,000th Police Interceptor. Troy Design and Manufacturing has the capacity to produce between 600 and 1,200 vehicles per week in its 54,000 square-foot upfit facility (depending on demand).

The Police Interceptor is produced at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago, Illinois, and the final factory orderable options and modifications are done at the Troy facility.

To completely upfit police vehicles with law enforcement equipment requires five and a half hours. Law enforcement agencies can select from 125 upfit packages (lighting, wraps, styles). The 100,000th vehicle will enter into service with the Chicago Police force later this year.

April 21, 2015
WHEELS ADDS 407 ETR TO TOLL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Wheels Inc., has added the 407 ETR (open access all electronic toll highway), to its Toll Management program, which covers a variety of tollways. The service offers up-to-date tolling equipment, expense reporting and full administrative support for clients and drivers.

“Launched in 2010, the Wheels Toll Management solution has proven very successful at helping our clients significantly reduce the financial and administrative impact that tolls and toll violations have on their fleets,” said Gail Wheeler, Wheels’ Assistant Vice President of Marketing. “By adding Canada’s 407 ETR to our program, we’re now the only fleet management organization that provides clients with coverage in virtually all major tolling regions in North America.”

April 14, 2015
CANADIAN AUTO SECTOR SHIPMENTS INCREASE

Scotiabank Global Auto Report found that Canadian auto sector shipments increased 18.5 per cent year-over-year in January. Canadian auto industry shipments were over $86 billion last year.

"Record auto sales and production across North America are reviving the Canadian auto industry," said Carlos Gomes, Senior Economist and Auto Industry Specialist at Scotiabank. "The auto sector is leading the manufacturing resurgence across the Canadian industrial heartland, is gaining market share globally, and momentum has accelerated in the opening months of 2015."

To read the report, visit: www.gbm.scotiabank.com/English/bns_econ/bns_auto.pdf.

April 14, 2015
NISSAN INCREASES BASIC LIMITED WARRANTY ON COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

Nissan Canada announced its commercial vehicle line-up will have a basic limited warranty coverage of five-years or 160,000 kilometres (whichever comes first).

Vehicle coverage includes the NV200, NV Cargo, and NV Passenger van and increases from three-years/60,000km.

"As one of the newest nameplates in the commercial vehicle segment, we need to prove to our customers that Nissan fully stands behind our innovative, durable Nissan NV Cargo, NV Passenger and NV200 Cargo vans. One of the best ways to do this is by offering the best warranty in the business,” said Steven Rhind, Director of Marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. “Listening to feedback from our customers is the essence of our commercial vehicle business. With this elongated warranty, we’re reaffirming to our customers that Nissan builds a van that can keep up and never let owners down, because when their vans are down, so are their businesses.”

April 6, 2015
ZIPCAR SERVICE ADDED TO SEVEN MORE GREATER TORONTO AND HAMILTON GO TRANSIT STATIONS

Zipcar, a car sharing network, and Metrolinx, have added seven more GO transit stations which will offer the car sharing service. These seven add to the six GO stations already put in place in 2014 when the partnership was launched.

"We are pleased to announce the expansion of our successful partnership with Zipcar to provide a cost-effective and convenient travel option for transit riders whose destinations are not easily reached by other means from the GO station," said Greg Percy, President, GO Transit. "By providing more Zipcar vehicles at GO Transit stations, we're giving our customers even more ways to take GO Transit as well as increased access to GTHA communities."

Zipcar vehicles are now available at:
New:
Bramalea
Brampton
Burlington
Cooksville
Guelph
Oakville
Pickering

Existing:
Eglinton
Long Branch
Mimico
Port Credit
Richmond Hill
Scarborough

"Zipcar is thrilled to continue expanding at GO Transit stations across the GTHA," said Zipcar General Manager Nicola McLeod. "The growth of this partnership allows for more GTHA residents and businesses to ditch their personally owned car keys in favor of taking public transit and Zipcar."

April 6, 2015
SHELL’S FLEET NAVIGATOR CARD FIRST ANNIVERSARY

Shell Fleet Navigator card
Shell Fleet Navigator card.
Shell marks the first anniversary of the Fleet Navigator Card introduced in Canada to fleet in April 2014. Navigator was launched a year earlier in the United States.

“We know that fuel can represent a sizable portion of a fleet’s operating costs and we saw a significant opportunity to offer our Canadian customers more convenience and cost-cutting benefits,” said Henry Miller, General Manager of the Commercial Fleet Card Program for Shell in North America. “Ultimately, the Shell Fleet Navigator™ Card offers our customers peace of mind.”

For more information on the Shell Fleet Navigator card and other fuel management cards, visit our Fuel Card Review at: www.fleetbusiness.com/features/15fuelcards.html.

April 1, 2015
EMKAY IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF CANADA’S TOP 100 SMALL AND MEDIUM EMPLOYERS

EMKAY Canada has been picked as one of the Top 100 most innovative small and medium employers in Canada by Mediacorp Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers project.

“EMKAY Canada is very pleased to accept this award and recognition of our efforts to create a work environment that focuses on employee betterment while fostering long term sustainable growth” said Paul Turner, President, EMKAY Canada.

Employers are evaluated on: physical workplace; work atmosphere and social; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement. Eligibility is assessed by applying Small and Medium Employer definitions determined by Statistics Canada. The project examines private-sector companies with fewer than 500 employees.

“These employers are showing they can compete with larger companies when it comes to creating progressive workplace benefits and forward-thinking HR policies,” says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor, Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc. “The competition provides us with an opportunity to write about some very dynamic and interesting employers – these small and medium employers (SMEs) are often the workplace innovators when it comes to trying-out new HR and recruitment strategies.”

March 31, 2015
NAFA NAMES 2015 FLEET EXCELLENCE AWARDS FINALISTS

NAFA Fleet Management Association selected finalists for 2015 Fleet Excellence Awards (FLEXY), to be presented during the third annual Fleet Excellence Awards Gala at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida as part of NAFA’s Institute and Expo.

Nominated Canadian participants include Michael Cole/Fleet Management Centre, part of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and nominated for two awards (Excellence In Public Sustainability Accomplishments and Excellence In Fleet Leadership). In addition, Christie Boone and Jason Allan, City of Edmonton are nominated for Excellence In Public Fleet Safety.

The “FLEXY” awards evaluate all fleet operators (in Canada and the United States), including non-NAFA members. Industry leaders judged the selection process for both finalists and winners. Judges made selections based on actions and ideas recorded by nominees on anonymous submission forms.

The list of finalists: (Canadian nominees highlighted in italics):

Excellence In Corporate Sustainability Accomplishments
Kristen Collins, Genentech
Erin Gilchrist, Safelite AutoGlass
Pam O’Mealy, Daiichi Sankyo

Excellence In Public Sustainability Accomplishments
Richard Battersby, CAFM®, UC Davis/City of Oakland
Douglas Bond, Alameda County
Fleet Management Centre/Michael Cole, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Canada

Outstanding Achievement In Corporate Fleet Management
Brad Bohnen, Ericsson Inc.
Erin Gilchrist, Safelite AutoGlass
Jonathan Kamanns, Ingersoll-Rand

Outstanding Achievement In Public Fleet Management
Richard Coulson, City of LA
Rick Longobart, City of Santa Ana
Ricky Nieman, Texas Dept. of Transportation

Excellence In Public Fleet Safety
Christie Boone & Jason Allan, City of Edmonton, Canada
Greg Hansen, Washington State DoT
Dennis Kincade, County of York

Excellence In Corporate Fleet Safety
Chad Fay, NPL
Theresa O’Connor, Mars Inc.
Keith Walker, Kimble Recycling & Disposal

Excellence In Fleet Leadership
Fleet Management Centre/Michael Cole, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Canada
Richard Coulson, City of Los Angeles
Rick Longobart, City of Santa Ana

March 31, 2015
HONDA CANADA TO PRODUCE CR-V FOR EUROPE

Honda of Canada Mfg., (HCM), a division of Honda Canada Inc., announced it will produce the next generation CR-V for the European market. With the announcement HCM will export vehicles to Europe for the first time.

“Honda is thrilled to once again have good news for automotive manufacturing in Canada by broadening our production portfolio to include exports to the European market,” said Jerry Chenkin, President and CEO, Honda Canada Inc. “This expansion decision was made possible due to our deep, mature, and rich talent pool with nearly 30 years of automotive manufacturing experience. We are so proud that our Canadian associates have the reputation of producing high quality vehicles that will meet the needs of the discerning European customer.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast attended the announcement ceremony.

“The negotiation of a free trade agreement with Europe by the Government of Canada under CETA (Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) was a catalyst for our decision to export CR-Vs. These opportunities will open new markets for our high quality vehicles from Canada and help keep us competitive in the global environment,” said Chenkin.

March 17, 2015
FORD LAUNCHES NEXT GENERATION TELEMATICS PRODUCT

Ford Motor Company has introduced Ford Telematics previously known as Crew Chief. It will again be powered by Telogis. The previous version was available in Canada and the United States, the new version will be available globally, and will add new features.

“Commercial trucks have to be more than delivery boxes on wheels, and innovations like Ford Telematics are critical to helping our fleet customers succeed,” said Raj Nair, Ford chief technical officer and group vice president, Global Product Development. “Ford, in coordination with Telogis, is leading the development of smart solutions for hardworking fleets so they can maximize their operations to better serve their customers.”

Ford Telematics will include: mobile connectivity, data reporting, workflow and information gateways, in-cab alerts, driver scorecards, fuel management, dashboards, and customizable reports.

Ford Telematics will be available from the factory and as a dealer-installed aftermarket option. It can be incorporated in the purchase of a Ford vehicle and is covered under the vehicles limited warranty, as well as being serviceable at Ford dealerships.

Ford Telematics is available today in North America for 2009 or newer models of: Super Duty and F-150 pickups, Transit, Transit Connect, E-Series vans, and Police Interceptor Utility and Sedan. It will be introduced on F650/750 models for 2016.

March 17, 2015
2015 RAM 1500 NAMED BEST FULL-SIZE TRUCK FOR THE MONEY

2015 Ram 1500
2015 Ram 1500.
The 2015 Ram 1500 has been named Best Full-Size Truck for the Money by U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row.

"This award from U.S. News Best Cars recognizes the quality and value of our Ram 1500 in what will continue to be a highly competitive segment," said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand. "Ram is committed to technology and innovation leadership. Proof of that commitment is a long list of best-in-class titles, including America’s most fuel efficient pickup at 29 mpg."

The rankings are based on an in-depth analysis by U.S. News editors of all published vehicle ratings, reviews and test drives.

“In addition to being a fully capable full-size pickup truck, reviewers say the 1500 has the smoothest ride in the class and first-class cabin materials that make it feel like a luxury car,” said Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor – U.S. News Best Cars. “The Ram 1500 also has an available diesel engine with plenty of grunt for towing, as well as great fuel economy.”

The methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Quality is measured by the overall score achieved in the U.S. News car rankings, and value is measured by five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle, both are counted at the time the awards are published.

February 27, 2015
FORD OF CANADA STARTS EDGE PRODUCTION AND ADDS 400 NEW JOBS

The first 2015 Ford Edge models roll off the production line
The first 2015 Ford Edge models roll off the production line.
Ford will add 400 more employees at the Oakville Assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario. These are in addition to the 1,000 new employees announced in 2014.

Additional employees were required to launch the new Ford Edge, which will be built at the Oakville plant. Edge will be exported to some 100 countries.

“The all-new Ford Edge is a true global vehicle and a showcase of Ford’s product excellence,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas. “Thanks to the new capabilities at Oakville Assembly, the 2015 Edge delivers improved driving dynamics, quality, quietness, interior space and even more technology, and we are proud for our Canadian team to start bringing Edge to customers in even more markets around the world.”

“We’re proud to show the world advanced manufacturing right here in Canada and look forward to serving new global customers,” said Dianne Craig, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. “The Oakville Assembly team has worked relentlessly to deliver a quality product to the highest standard – from bringing in the best of Ford’s manufacturing technologies to training new employees across the facility.”

February 27, 2015
ARI’s 2015 FLEET FORUM SERIES FOCUS IS ON ‘FUTURE OF FLEET’

The dates for ARI’s 2015 Fleet Forum have been announced. The focus this year will be on the future of fleet.

“Today’s technologies allow fleet professionals to collect massive amounts of data, perform extensive analyses, and ultimately build toward more intelligent fleet management,” says Peter Nogalo, Marketing Manager at ARI. “With our ‘Future Fleet’ focus, we will be looking at everything from telematics, to carbon pricing, and even self-driving cars,” says Nogalo.

The 2015 series will be held in:
Toronto - June 4
Calgary - July 21
Vancouver - July 23
Montreal - September 24

For more information contact ARI at info@arifleet.ca.

February 13, 2015
GM INVESTS IN CAMI PLANT

2016 Chevrolet Equinox
2016 Chevrolet Equinox.
General Motors of Canada will invest $560 million Canadian at the CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. The investment will fit the plant to manufacture the next-generation Chevrolet Equinox.

“GM is making investments at the award-winning CAMI Assembly plant to enable it to manufacture the next generation Chevrolet Equinox,” said Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, General Motors of Canada. “These investments, which follow planning and study with our partners, are a further vote of confidence in our employees, our business and our future in Ontario and Canada.”

In all, $190 million of the CAMI Assembly investment goes to manufacturing equipment and tools; the balance to vendor tooling with suppliers in Canada.

“We are pleased to see General Motors securing its future in Southern Ontario. Our Government is committed to strengthening our manufacturing sector and creating jobs for Canadian families. This investment proves that our highly-skilled workforce, low taxes and open markets make Canada one of the best places in the world to build cars,” said The Honourable James Moore, Canada’s Industry Minister.

February 10, 2015
ACTION ACQUIRES CTP

Action Car and Truck Accessories has acquired CTP Distributors/Custom Truck Parts Inc., in Western Canada.

“Now that we will be combined under one umbrella, CTP and Action will be the only truly national aftermarket accessory company that deals in all aspects of the aftermarket accessory business in Canada,” said Bill Kluyt, CEO, CTP Distributors Inc. “I am very proud of CTP and what we have accomplished in 22 years, but even more proud and excited of what the combined efforts of CTP and Action will bring to the aftermarket accessory business in Canada!”

The combined companies will operate four major distribution centers (Surrey, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Pickering, Ontario; and Moncton, New Brunswick), four secondary distribution points (Calgary, Alberta; Grande Prairie, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and St. John’s, Newfoundland) and 37 retail stores with installation facilities and e-commerce stores catering to wholesale, retail and commercial fleet segments.

”Action has the utmost respect for what the team at CTP Distributors has achieved and I have followed their success in becoming the largest and best source for truck accessories in Alberta and British Columbia.” said John Chamberlaine, President and CEO, Action Car and Truck Accessories. “Combining our two entities to become Canada’s undisputed overall national leader will allow for opportunities for all involved.”

February 10, 2015
ARI’S 2015 INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

ARI has released its annual publication Industry Outlook for 2015, produced by the company’s strategic consulting team, it highlights key trends and opportunities North American fleets should anticipate and prepare for in the coming year.

“The Industry Outlook provides perspective on critical issues or trends we anticipate will be of importance to Canadian and U.S. fleet managers for their fleet operations in the coming year,” said Chris Morgan, ARI’s VP Global Strategic Services. “The 2015 issue touches on a wide range of topics, including fleet safety, new technologies, regulation changes and operating cost trends, and offers practical strategies on how to prepare for these developments.”

The arrival and impact of lighter vehicle parts and components is a major topic covered, focussing on how this change will impact fleet management processes and strategies.

The Outlook also examines the medium and heavy-duty markets, with emphasis on new and pending regulations, new and evolving technologies and the possible impact that a shortage of experienced drivers could have on the industry. Matters of safety are also covered in the Publication.

For a copy of the 2015 Industry Outlook contact an ARI representative.

February 10, 2015
CAA POLL: MOST BELIEVE TEXTING AND DRIVING UNACCEPTABLE BUT MANY STILL DO

A substantial Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) poll has found that 90 per cent of Canadian believe that it is socially unacceptable to text while driving. Despite this, the poll found that 22 per cent of those polled admitted to reading or sending a text while driving recently.

“We still need to close that gap between belief and behaviour,” says Jeff Walker, Vice-President of Public Affairs, CAA. “But we are on the right track.”

The poll found that primary reasons given for texting and driving were connecting with family, urgent personal matters, and work.

“The next step is to make texting and driving as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving,” said Walker. “CAA will continue to do our part along with other road safety so Canadians actually stop doing.”

The poll also asked Canadian to rank the top 10 road safety concerns.

The top 10 rated as follows:
texting or emailing while driving
drinking and driving
running red lights
speeding on residential streets
driving aggressively
sleepy drivers
driving after using illegal drugs
talking on cell phones while driving
driving well over the speed limit
and talking to, or engaging with in-car systems.

The results were based on a poll of 1,252 Canadians.

February 3, 2015
NAFA DELINEATES PROGRAMS AND SPEAKERS FOR 2015 INSTITUTE AND EXPO

In Orlando, Florida on April 14 to 17 the NAFA Institute and Expo (I&E) will take place. The Expo will be opened by motivational speaker Shawn Achor, presenting his Philosophy of Positive Psychology.

“We are very excited for this year’s I&E,” said NAFA’s Chief Executive Officer, Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “This event exposes members to various special events, presentations from industry experts, networking opportunities, quality educational sessions and outstanding an exhibition hall showcasing over 250 exhibitors. If industry members attend only one event a year, the NAFA I&E should be it.”

Uniquely Canadian programs are the Canadian Legislative Update (Tuesday, 2-3:30 p.m.), Canadian Workshop (Tuesday, 3:45 – 5 p.m.) and Canadian Reception (Tuesday, 5-6 p.m.).

Over 250 exhibitors will be on hand. NAFA’s CAFM Boot Camp will be in full function during the I&E. The trade show portion will take place on the Wednesday April 15 and Thursday April 16. The NAFA Flexy awards will also make a return and submissions can be made until February 9.

For complete program, visit: www.nafainstitute.org/detailed-program/.

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