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September 26, 2016

NAFA CONNECTED VEHICLE WEBINAR TO EXAMINE FLEET CYBERSECURITY

NAFA will be conducting a webinar on Wednesday, October 5 at 10:30a.m. entitled Fleet Management and the Connected Vehicle.

The webinar will features the following speakers:
-Patrick O'Connor - NAFA's Legislative Counsel in Washington D.C. and President of Kent & O'Connor
Jeff Jeter - NAFA's Vice-President and Fleet Manager, Chesterfield County
-Oleg Cytowicz - NAFA's Board of Delegates Vice-Chair and Global Fleet Lead Senior Analyst NA Fleet Ops, Unilever
-Robert Martinez - NAFA's U.S. Government Representative and Deputy Commissioner, NYPD

Topics that will be covered are:
-The contents of the NHTSA/FBI March 2016 bulletin
-The distinction between security concerns and privacy issues
-The need for fleet access to OBD-II Port access
-How NAFA is contributing to the cybersecurity debate

To find out more and to register: click here.


September 26, 2016

SUBARU CANADA PARTNERS WITH ST. JOHN AMBULANCE THERAPY DOG PROGRAM

Subaru Canada Inc., has partnered with St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. As a Signature sponsor, Subaru will help support the service, raise awareness, and hope to grow and extend the reach of the Therapy Dog Program.

"The Therapy Dogs program strives to assist others in an inclusive and non-judgemental manner," said Joe Felstein, Director of Marketing, Subaru Canada, Inc. "It embodies the core values of caring and community that resonate with both Subaru as a brand and the entire family of Subaru owners."

The program began over 24 years ago as a pilot project in Peterborough, Ontario, and has since grown to over 3,000 Therapy Dog team reaching 1,000s in need annually. The Therapy dogs help to comfort and offer companionship to seniors, calm and reassure patients getting treatment, help relieve stress on college and university campuses during exams, help at-risk youth, and children with special needs.

"We are truly grateful for Subaru's support of our Therapy Dog Program," said Allan Smith, St. John Ambulance National Office CEO. "As a charity, we rely on corporate partnerships to enable us to continue the services provided by our volunteers in communities across Canada.

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September 13, 2016

NAVISTAR AND VOLKSWAGEN TRUCK AND BUS FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCE

Volkswagen Truck & Bus has entered into a strategic alliance with Navistar International Corporation. As part of the alliance, VW will make an equity investment of $256 million in Navistar. A framework has been set up to have strategic technology and supply collaboration, as well as procurement joint venture.

"We are very pleased to partner with a global leader who shares our view of the world, in an alliance that will deliver multiple benefits and is consistent with our open-integration strategy," said Troy Clarke, President and CEO, Navistar. "Starting in the near term, this alliance will benefit our purchasing operations through global scope and scale. Over the longer term, it is intended to expand the technology options we are able to offer our customers by leveraging the best of both companies and enabling Navistar to deliver enhanced uptime. Volkswagen Truck & Bus's equity investment will strengthen our liquidity position and expand our financial flexibility, while aligning us with a valuable strategic partner."

The alliance is subject to regulatory approvals, finalization of the agreements governing the procurement joint venture and the first contract under the technology and supply framework agreement, and closing conditions.

"Closer collaboration among our existing brands was a top priority for our commercial vehicles business and we are well on track in this context," said Andreas Renschler, CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus and member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG responsible for commercial vehicles. "We are now taking the next step on our way to becoming a Global Champion in the commercial vehicles industry. The strategic alliance with Navistar is an important milestone and will be very beneficial for both sides."


September 13, 2016

MITSUBISHI CANADA LOANS MIRAGE TO BREAKFAST CLUB OF CANADA

(From left) John Arnone, Mitsubishi Motors and Karri Trowell, Breakfast Club's Atlantic region with 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan.
Mitsubishi Motors of Canada have loaned a 2016 Mirage G4 sedan to Breakfast Club of Canada Nova Scotia branch. This is the first of several vehicle loans that are planned to programs across Canada that feed and nurture children.

“Our commitment to provide Breakfast Club with vehicles to support its important work in our communities begins here in Nova Scotia,” said John Arnone, Manager, Public Relations, Mitsubishi.

The vehicle, which began life as a media loan vehicle, is set to help Breakfast Club of Canada visit schools in Annapolis Valley, Cape Breton, Halifax, North Shore region, southern Nova Scotia and among First Nations.

“When we say that every dollar and every gesture counts, this is a great example. This generous offer by Mitsubishi Motors not only allows us to have access to reliable vehicles to support school and partner visits, but gives us peace of mind,” said Daniel Germain, Founder, Breakfast Club of Canada. “It is heart-warming knowing that Mitsubishi Motors cares enough about our mission to see to more than just a financial need. With Mitsubishi Motors as a committed, national partner, we can concentrate on providing the school children their daily breakfast. This is huge for the Club and we can’t wait to add more Mirage G4 sedans in key regions across Canada.”


September 6, 2016

KIA CANADA HITS 750,000 SALES MILESTONE


Kia Canada has recently reached the 750,000 units sold mark in its 17th year of selling vehicles in Canada.

“Kia Canada is delighted to have accomplished this terrific milestone of delivering our 750,000th vehicle in our 17th year of business in Canada,” said Ted Lancaster, Vice President and COO, Kia Canada Inc. “Noting the momentum of our brand and the rate of growth of our business in Canada, we look forward to selling our 1 millionth vehicle in the coming years.”

To commemorate the sales milestone, a 2017 Kia Sportage customer from Kia of Owen Sound was provided with five years of free scheduled maintenance service.

In its first full year of operations in 2000, Kia Canada sold 14,759 vehicles. That number grew to 67,914 vehicles sold in 2015, an increase of over 360 per cent.


September 6, 2016

RUDY RUDY RUDY!

The Work Truck Show 2017 has announced Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettinger will be the keynote speaker at the President’s Breakfast & NTEA Annual Meeting. Ruettinger is the real-life inspiration for the 1993 movie ‘Rudy.’ He will speak about how to overcome obstacles and reaching your goals by staying on track.

“We all have struggles in our professional and personal lives,” says Adam Keane, 2017 NTEA Convention chairman, and executive vice-president of Allied Body Works Inc. “The important thing is how we overcome the obstacles that stand between us and our goals. Rudy is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the world because of his positive message and unique story about triumph over adversity.”

The Work Truck Show 2017 takes Place March 14 to 17 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tickets are required for the President’s Breakfast. For more information visit: worktruckshow.com.


September 1, 2016

SINGAPORE HOSTS ROBO-TAXI PILOT PROJECT

NuTonomy has launched the first public trial of robo-taxi service in Singapore. Nutonomy has been conducting daily autonomous vehicle testing in Singapore since April.

“NuTonomy’s first-in-the-world public trial is a direct reflection of the level of maturity that we have achieved with our AV software system,” said Karl Iagnemma, CEO and co-founder of nuTonomy. “The trial represents an extraordinary opportunity to collect feedback from riders in a real-world setting, and this feedback will give nuTonomy a unique advantage as we work toward deployment of a self-driving vehicle fleet in 2018.”

Residents of Singapore can now use nuTonomy ride-hailing smartphone app to book a nuTonomy self-driving car at no cost. The vehicles used are a Renault Zoe or Mitsubishi iMiEV, which have been configured for autonomous driving. The vehicles will use the company’s software that is integrated with sensing and computing components. An engineer from nuTonomy will be in the vehicle to observe system performance and take control of the vehicle if needed.

NuTonomy will collect and evaluate data from the trial that is related to software system performance, vehicle routing efficiency, vehicle booking process, and passenger experience, in order to refine the software for its launch of a commercial robo-taxi service in Singapore in 2018.

NuTonomy operates self-driving cars in Michigan and the United Kingdom, testing software with major automotive manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover. It is a developer of software for self-driving cars.


August 26, 2016

DIAMOND ESTATES CHOOSES ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT

After a selection process, Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc., and its sales agency, Kirkwood Diamond Canada chose Element Fleet Management as its vehicle leasing and management services provider. Diamond Estates owns a fleet of delivery vehicles, and (like KDC) uses allowances to compensate sales and other personal for business related use of personal vehicles.

“We are enthusiastic about our new partnership with Element, Alan Stratton, Chief Financial Officer, Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc." They give us access to a low cost of capital and a fleet management program built on best practices. We will be able to project a consistent image by having all of our drivers in late model vehicles with current technology and safety features.”

Most drivers will be transitioned to the new program by the end of the fiscal year. Diamond Estates has taken delivery of its first delivery van under the new program. The total fleet program is expected to include approximately 35 vehicles, mainly in the sales fleet, with some delivery vans as well.

Other benefits listed by the company of using Element managed vehicles are: ensuring employees have safe, reliable transportation, leveraging Element's buying power and standardization to reduce operating costs and the use of industry leading data collection and analysis to optimize the program.


August 19, 2016

FLEETS CAN GET REGULAR CHECKUPS WITH ARI FLEET HEALTH CARD

ARI has introduced the Fleet Health Card, which captures data from the fleet in real-time to measure spend, utilization/reliability, preventive maintenance and fuel to track a vehicle’s relative and comparative performance.

“With this new tool, it’s easier to manage by exception because it allows fleet managers to focus only on the vehicles that require their immediate attention,” said Tony Candeloro, Vice-President of Customer Information Systems and Product Development, ARI. “When you have to spread your focus across your entire fleet, it’s more likely that you’ll miss something important. The ARI Fleet Health Card can turn Big Data into action, allowing you to work smarter and more efficiently.”

The Health Card distributes a fleet statistically on a curve, and allows fleets to use real-time data for their vehicles to benchmark against the rest of their fleet.

Users can view the spend category and manage it in five different categories:
• Cost per mile, vehicle cost per month and maintenance cost per gallon: Spotlights higher spend and fleet distribution from the median.
• Five year history over fleet performance: Analyzes inventory movement, cumulative fleet maintenance and mileage.
• Fleet asset summary: Shows the asset type, number of units and spend amounts.
• Vehicle spend per repair category: Details preventive maintenance, unscheduled maintenance, and rentals.
• Repair categories: Focuses on costs affiliated with 13 major repair areas and indicates spend that has not yet occurred.

In the coming months, users will also be able to look into data in utilization/reliability, preventive maintenance and fuel categories.


August 15, 2016

NISSAN TITAN/TITAN XD TO COME WITH FIVE YEAR/160K WARRANTY


Nissan announced a new truck warranty for its 2017 TITAN and TITAN XD pick-up models. The new warranty will feature bumper-to-bumper coverage (including both basic and powertrain coverage) of five-years and 160,000 kilometres (whichever happens first).

“We’re pleased to now offer the same confidence-inspiring protection as our commercial vehicles have for our entire range of 2017 TITAN and TITAN XD full-size pickups,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. “The new bumper-to-bumper coverage shows customers that Nissan stands behind the quality of its vehicles – including the ones that are subject to the hardest use.”

The vehicles that will be covered under the warranty include: TITAN V8 gasoline-powered models, and TITAN XD diesel-powered and V-8 gasoline-powered models, in crew cab and single cab models.


August 9, 2016

NISSAN INTRODUCES FIRST SOLID OXIDE FUEL-CELL POWERED VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Company has unveiled a prototype vehicle which is powered by a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC) and runs on bio-ethanol electric power.

“The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production…all the while supporting the existing infrastructure,” said Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO, Nissan. “In the future, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell will become even more user-friendly. Ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to handle than most other fuels. Without the need to create new infrastructure, it has great potential to drive market growth.”

The prototype is a Nissan e-NV200, that offers the following specifications: battery capacity at 24kWh, energy source being electricity and ethanol, tank capacity of 30 litres, SOFC output of 5Kw, and a driving range of over 600 kilometres.


August 8, 2016

GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING AT NAFA ONTARIO RIDE AND DRIVE

NAFA Ontario chapter will be hosting its ride and drive event at the Garry W. Morden Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, on Thursday, September 29.

“Every second year, the NAFA Ontario Chapter is proud to host the Ride n’ Drive with the support of our vehicle manufacturer partners. This free event will offer over 80 vehicles for test drives, supplier displays and a BBQ lunch,” said Jeff Meggitt, Chair, Ontario Chapter, NAFA. “This rare opportunity brings together a wide range of vehicles from all major vehicle manufacturers and fleet professionals for a day of test driving and networking.”

In addition to the Ride and Drive portion of the day, displays from upfitters, aftermarket equipment and fleet suppliers will be featured. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“This year’s ride n’ drive promises to be bigger and better than ever and we are looking forward to hosting more than 300 people,” said Meggitt. “This unique NAFA event is only possible with the support of our members and suppliers”.

To register: Click here.


August 2, 2016

VERIZON EXPANDS TELEMATICS BUSINESS WITH PURCHASE OF FLEETMATICS

Verizon Communications Inc., has announced that they will acquire Fleetmatics Group PLC. Verizon has signed an agreement with Fleetmatics to acquire the company for $2.4 billion USD.

“Verizon and Fleetmatics share a vision that the SaaS-based fleet management solution market is extraordinarily large, lightly penetrated, global and fragmented which can best be attacked together with a world class product offering and the largest distribution channel in the industry,” said Jim Travers, Chairman and CEO of Fleetmatics.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and closing conditions and is expected to close in fourth quarter 2016.

Recently, in a separate agreement, Verizon purchased another telematics provider, Telogis Inc.

"The powerful combination of products and services, software platforms, robust customer bases, domain expertise and experience, and talented and passionate teams among Fleetmatics, the recently-acquired Telogis, and Verizon Telematics will position the combined companies to become a leading provider of fleet and mobile workforce management solutions globally," said Andrés Irlando, CEO, Verizon Telematics.


August 2, 2016

SINGLE CAB AVAILABLE ON NISSAN TITAN


Nissan has added single cab models to its Titan line of pick-up trucks.

“Once we complete the roll-out of all Titan cab, bed, powertrain and grade level configurations, our all-new Titan family will cover about 85 per cent of the total light pickup marketplace,” said Rich Miller, Director of Product Planning for Trucks, SUVs and Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. and Chief Product Specialist for Titan and Titan XD. “More importantly, the Titan XD and Titan single cabs will have the power, torque, heavy duty chassis and durability required by today’s demanding worksites – including the highest towing capacities and payloads in the lineup.”

The single cab models will offer the same cab dimensions and eight-foot pick-up bed on Titan and Titan XD, however, each will have a separate fully boxed ladder frame chassis.

“The new single cab takes Titan into new territory, bringing the innovative design and bed utility that Titan has been known for to a wider base of commercial use buyers,” said Miller.

The Nissan Titan and Titan XD single cab model will be available late fall 2016. It joins the Crew Cab model (currently available) and a King Cab model, which is planned for the future.


July 18, 2016

ONTARIO APPROVES COMMERCIAL RIDESHARING INSURANCE

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has approved a commercial ridesharing insurance policy that will provide protection for drivers and passengers that use Uber in Ontario.

“This new ridesharing insurance approved by FSCO should serve as a practical solution designed for ridesharing. Both IFC and Uber remain engaged with regulators across Canada to bring new ridesharing insurance policies that offer a smart, seamless and simple solution for driver-partners,” said Ian Black, General Manager, Uber Canada.

The commercial policy will be provided by Intact Insurance Company automatically to every ride sharing driver who is on the Uber platform in Ontario and is purchased by Uber. The coverage applies from when drivers make themselves available to accept a ride until the passenger is out of the vehicle.

“Our goal in working directly with Uber, Aon, and regulators has been to develop an insurance solution that provides protection for all Canadians that use ridesharing services. This unique product will benefit both drivers and passengers, and speaks to how insurance is evolving to meet the needs of consumers. It will also now be easier for other personal lines insurers to permit drivers to participate in ridesharing using their personal automobile given that the commercial portion of rides are covered by Intact,” said Karim Hirji, Senior Vice President, International & Ventures for Intact Financial Corporation.

Alberta has recently introduced a similar program and ridesharing insurance discussions are underway in Quebec.


July 18, 2016

COPART CANADA LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE

Copart Canada has launched its new web site, Copart.ca, which is aimed at its Canadian members. The new web site has Canadian inventory and content that is specific for the Canadian market.

“It’s really exciting to launch Copart.ca, a site specifically for our Canadian Members, on Canada Day! This new website is an investment to better serve our Canadian Members with direct and easy access to the inventory that is available at our six auction locations across Canada,” said Steve Macaluso, Managing Director, Copart Canada. “The new website is also available in French and will exclusively feature Canadian specific content.”

Copart Canada members now have access to weekly Canadian auction updates, specialty auction announcements, and updates on industry news and regulatory developments.

“We are committed to providing our Members with a great selection of vehicles using our industry leading auction technology in a safe and transparent online marketplace,” said Macaluso.


July 18, 2016

ENTERPRISE EXPANDS IN GTA

Enterprise Holdings has expanded with new locations near Union Station in Toronto, Ontario, and near Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga.

“We are excited about expanding our market and opening new locations in the heart of the financial sector across from Union Station, as well as in the community of Mississauga,” said Steve Tudela, Corporate Vice-President of Canadian operations, Enterprise Holdings.

The new Toronto location is at 181 Bay Street, Toronto and is connected to the PATH underground pedestrian walkway. The new Mississauga location at 285 Enfield Place, is open seven days a week

“Whether they are in the heart of the city or in more suburban locations, our neighbourhood offices are the key to making local transportation options as accessible and affordable as possible for consumers,” said Tudela.


July 11, 2016

MTO UPDATES MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTION STANDARD PROGRAM

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has updated its Passenger/Light Duty Vehicle Inspection Standard used as part of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) program. The program was established in 1974 and with the advent of new technologies, has now been modernized.

Many aspects change, such as powertrain, suspension, brakes, steering, instruments and auxiliary equipment, lamps, electrical, body, tire and wheel, coupling devices, and road test. A rundown of the changes to each category can be found at: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/motor-vehicle-inspection-stations.shtml#passenger.

“These systems save lives, reduce injury and assist in preventing collisions, but only if they function properly. Individuals purchase vehicles with this technology to protect themselves and their families and they need to know that it works.”” said Bob Nichols, MTO spokesperson. “The standard is considerably more comprehensive, technically up-to-date and more user friendly than the existing standard and was developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders.”

A copy of the Passenger/Light-Duty Vehicle Inspection Standard in PDF format can be found here: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/pdfs/passenger-light-duty-vehicle-inspection-standard.pdf.


July 5, 2016

TRUCK SEGMENTS POWER CANADIAN LIGHT VEHICLE SALES

Canadian light vehicle sales increased in the first half of 2016 as compared to this time last year, with the popularity of light trucks leading the charge.

According to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc., light vehicle sales are up six per cent in 2016 over 2015, at 989,177 units. That includes 642,593 light truck units (up 14.5 per cent year-over-year), and 346,584 passenger car units (down 6.8 per cent Year over Year). The majority of OEMs have seen their sales increase YoY.

For the month of June, overall light vehicles sales were up 7.4 per cent, with light truck being up 13.9 per cent, and passenger cars being down 2.9 per cent.

“At the mid-year point, FCA Canada is on pace for another record-setting sales year,” said Dave Buckingham, Chief Operating Officer, FCA Canada. “Ram Truck and Dodge Grand Caravan are among the top five best-selling vehicles in Canada, providing Canadians the functionality and value that they're looking for.”

"Ford leads a strong automotive industry in Canada through the first half of the year, with consumers purchasing F-Series pickups at a rate we’ve never seen before," said Dianne Craig, President and CEO, Ford of Canada. "Canadians see the value of the toughest, smartest and most capable trucks, and this fall the all-new F-Series Super Duty joins the F-150 with an innovative, high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy body.”

“Our retail-focused strategy is driving our growth and our product lineup has never been stronger,” said Jerry Daniel, General Director, Sales, Service and Marketing, GM Canada. We are excited to bring even more new vehicles for Canadians during our year of nine launches across our Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars, trucks and crossovers.”

“What a great June for Kia with sales up 14 per cent and a wonderful first half of the year. Sorento and Sportage have had record starts to the year, we have expanded our Soul EV network, and in June Kia became the first non-luxury brand in 27 years to reach top spot in the JD Power IQS survey, ” said Ted Lancaster, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Kia Canada Inc. “We are looking forward to a strong second half and kicking it off with our “Summer of Savings” sales event.”

"Subaru Canada is focused on keeping its momentum strong," said Shiro Ohta, chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. "Updated and refreshed product is rolling into our Subaru dealerships nationwide and we will see exciting new product well into the fall, which will result in a continued upswing in Subaru's sales during the second half of the year."

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