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March 31, 2015

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 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 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
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

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

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

February 13, 2015

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 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 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

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

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.

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