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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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