The Ford Fleet team brought back their CIAS fleet breakfast tradition for 2020. The morning event gave guests an exclusive preview of the Ford display at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Attendees were among the first to see Ford’s latest vehicle innovations, mobility experience, signature technologies and more.
The breakfast began with opening remarks by Peter Stoddart, Ford of Canada’s General Manager who thanked customers for attending the event and for their business. Peter also spoke to the company’s huge investment in fleet as well as its investment in a green future. Following Peter’s presentation were new model vehicle demonstrations for the 2020 Transit, 2020 Escape Plug-in Hybrid and the 2021 Mustang Mach E. Other vehicles showcased at the Ford display was the Explorer, Super Duty and F-150.
Both the Escape Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid have a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle hybrid four-cylinder engine. The electric range on the plug in hybrid has up to 62 kilometres of electric-only driving range and uses a 14.4kWh battery pack that has a combined 209 horsepower. Ford says the battery will reach a full charge on a Level 2 charger in about 3.5 hours. Unlike some plug-ins that use EV power immediately, Ford has four modes to select from. "Auto EV" lets the car decide. "EV Now" forces the powertrain to exclusively use electric power. "EV Later" switches it to full gas power motoring, and then "EV Charge" allows the battery to charge while driving.
The 2020 F-Series Super Duty improvements include new gas and diesel engines, an all-new 10 speed automatic transmission, chassis upgrades, exterior and interior design updates and advanced technologies for better towing, payload and connectivity. Ford has made significant upgrades to the new Super Duty, both inside and out. The largest V8 Gas Displacement engine available in its class, the all-new Ford-designed and Ford-built 7.3-litre V8 joins the standards 6.2-litre V8 in Super Duty’s gas engine stable. The third generation 6.7-litre Power Stroke diesel V8 has also been upgraded. Both engines are paired with 10-speed heavy duty automatic transmission.
The 2021 Mustang Mach E captivated attendees attention. For the first time in 55 years, Ford has expanded the Mustang line-up with the all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV. The Mach-E gets an estimated range of up to 500km under ideal conditions and offers built in charging solutions that route customers to nearby public charging stations. The stallion gets 332 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft of torque with zero emissions.
For Imran Mohammed, BDS Fleet Service, it was his first time attending the event, “Ford put on a great event this morning and it was very well attended. It was interesting to hear about their extensive commitment to EV’s and awesome to see the new Mach-E. Having the upfitting Transit work van on display was great as well as a talking point with the commercial fleet customers.”
Peter Stoddart, Ford of Canada, was graciously thanked customers and prospects for attending.
Attendees were given in depth presentations on some key fleet vehicles.
Gary Bruce, Wheels with Raul Marin and Vejai Manny, Dynacare.
Andrew Ogilvie, Emkay with Ian Ramsay, Farmbro.
Jim Pattison’s Kevin Sambleson, Craig Venexan and Brent Sangwin.
Geoff Seely, ARI, Michael Lennard, Lincoln Canada and Dean Stoneley, Ford of Canada.