Ford recently stopped in Toronto, Ontario as part of its Canadian six city Fleet Ride and Drive tour. The event brought over 190 fleet customers, partners and prospects together to experience Ford’s 2020MY vehicle lineup. Attendees were among the first to drive the all-new 2020 Transit and all-new 2020 Escape. Other featured vehicles included the 2020 Explorer and the 2020 Super Duty.

Morning and afternoon sessions gave guests the chance to test-drive the automakers latest product offerings on a closed course. In addition to the drive course, guests were invited to learn about Ford’s latest vehicle innovations, mobility experiences, signature technologies and more.

Peter Stoddart, Fleet Operations Manager, welcomed attendees and gave a special thank you for their time and business. Peter reviewed how the Ford of Canada Fleet organization became part of the North American Fleet, Lease and Remarketing Organization (NAFLRO) in January, 2019. Joining NAFLRO creates additional value to Canadian fleet customers through growth opportunities. NAFLRO’s strength and available resources creates opportunities that will be beneficial to fleet customers in both the Medium Truck and Fleet Parts and Service. Peter also spoke about Ford’s new Commercial Vehicle Center program, which aims to provide fleet and commercial customers in both the U.S and Canada with outstanding sales, service and financing at the dealership level. Lastly, Peter introduced his fleet team who were on hand to answer questions throughout the day. Also in special attendance was Mark Buzzell, Director, NAFLRO.

Customer’s were invited to learn more about 2020 Ford products including the 4th generation Transit Connect with never before seen all-wheel-drive and embedded Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services. New features include work-ready cargo capacity, new powertrains delivering more power and improved efficiency, available new All-Wheel Drive, more drive assist technologies, and new seating options. The Transits AWD was demo’d for guests. In normal mode, the technology continuously monitors and optimizes torque output with the capability of sending up to 100% of available torque to the front wheels to help prevent slipping on loose surfaces. The system responds within milliseconds, redirecting power to the wheels with the most traction to help prevent slip.

"It’s a big year for Ford Fleet as 2020MY will see the largest commercial vehicle launch in the history of Ford Motor Company including an all-new Ford Transit. When we introduced Transit five years ago, it immediately became Canada’s go-to full size van for fleets, small businesses and large families.  We’ve since listened to our customers and updated Transit with smart new technology, advanced driver assist features, and enhanced capability they have asked for. We also are making available an intelligent All Wheel Drive system with Selectable Drive Modes to provide enhanced traction; the perfect configuration to help handle Canadian winters. Customers are at the centre of all that we do and it's great to be back in Toronto sharing all of the product news for 2020 MY." said Mark Buzzell. 

The 2020 Ford Escape was also show. Completely redesigned, the 2020 Escape comes available with three engine options. Drivers can choose from a hybrid or hybrid plug-in Escape with the 2.5L Atkinson-cycle engine, the 1.5L EcoBoost, or the 2.0L EcoBoost. The new escape also features heads up display, Ford Co-Pilot360 that includes safety features like pre-collision assist with automatic braking, cross traffic alert and more. Available active park assists 2.0 makes parallel parking easier than ever.

"The all-new Escape and all-New Explorer were out on the test course non-stop.  The 2020 Escape delivers a special driving experience with new powertrain options including a 1.5 litre EcoBoost with cylinder deactivation, a Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid. Redesigned from the ground up, the all-new 2020 Explorer offers its broadest model line-up ever including the first ever 400 horsepower ST and Limited Hybrid. The Ford Co-Pilot 360 technologies are now standard on both the 2020 Escape and 2020 Explorer and are designed to make the driving experience more comfortable, less demanding and safer.   Ford Co-Pilot 360 includes Auto High-Beam Headlamps, BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Rear View Camera. I would like to thank all of our customers who participated this year’s Ride and Drives; you made this year’s tour the best ever!" added Peter Stoddart. 

Guests were eager to drive the 2020 F-Series Super Duty. An all-new 7.3-liter V8 with 430 horsepower and 475 ft.-lbs. of torque joins the standard 6.2-liter V8 in Super Duty’s gas engine stable. The available third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8 is upgraded to deliver 475 horsepower and 1,050 ft.-lbs. of torque. An all-new 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift® automatic transmission is standard with the 7.3-liter V8 and 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8. Wendy Ladd, Jim Pattison Lease commented, “Ford has an excellent truck line up in Super Duty. My favorite ride today was the F350. I'm very excited to see the Medium Duty line up as well. Great event!”

The 2020 Explorer and 2020 Escape were stars of the show.

The 2020 Escape offers three engine configurations to choose from.

Peter Stoddart, Fleet Operations Manager, Ford, welcomed guests and thanked them for their business.

Ford brought an extensive list of vehicles for guests to test drive.

Jim Pattison’s John Surmak and Serge Viola, Purolator, pose with the F-150.

Ford’s Rob Gramada and Jake Christopherson take the Lincoln Aviator for a spin.

Attendees were taken through a product presentation prior to driving.

The 2020 Transit’s AWD capabilities were put on display.

Jim Pattison Lease’s, Michelle Torrealba, John Surmak and Wendy Ladd.

Henry Schein’s, Eros Salis and David Pinto.

The 2020 Super Duty turned heads out on the course. 

Martin Goupil, Continental Tire Canada with John Forget, National Energy Equipment.


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