Ford made a stop in Toronto, Ontario as part of its Canadian Fleet Ride & Drive tour in 6 cities across the country. The event, held at the Toronto Congress Centre, gave attendees the opportunity to discover Ford’s new and exciting vehicle line up including the all-new 2019 Ranger, 2019 Transit Connect and the 2019 F-150.
The event began with a breakfast meet and greet which gave fleet professionals the opportunity to network with colleagues and talk to Ford’s fleet team. Peter Stoddart, Fleet Operations Manager welcomed attendees and introduced Ford’s fleet team. Barb Tilly, Fleet Lease and Marketing Manager gave a special thank-you to everyone in attendance and on behalf of Ford commented, “We appreciate your partnership and we look to work for your business every day.”
The first half of the day’s session consisted of a presentation that introduced the stars of the day’s show, the 2019 Ranger, the 2019 Transit Connect and the 2019 F-150.
The Ranger comes equipped with a 2.3L Eco boost engine with 10 speed select shift automatic transmission. The light duty truck offers drivers a multitude of safety features including the trailer sway control and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking technology.
When asked about the Ranger, Mark Boutillier from Action Car & Truck commented “It’s an impressive vehicle. The Rangers fully boxed frame gives it a ton of capability and sets it apart from its competitors.”
The 2019 F-150 comes new with standard Automatic emergency braking with pre-collision assist and pedestrian detections plus high beams. As well connectivity features like SYNC 3 and Ford Pass Connect 4G Wifi. The F-150 comes available with a 3.0L Power Stroke Diesel V6 Engine that has a combined fuel economy of 10.7L/100km. The trucks standard 2.7L EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine also boasts fuel efficiency at 11.3L/100km. Both the Diesel variant and the gasoline engine have 10 speed automatic transmissions.
The 2019 Transit Connect Cargo Van comes with segment exclusive side wind stabilization technology to prevent sway on windy days going over the Burlington Skyway. Side wind stabilization as well as pre-collision assist technology come standard on The Transit Connect Passenger Wagon, Transit Connect Cargo Van and the Full size Transit.
The day concluded with a drive course which gave attendees the chance to test out the limits of the vehicles on a closed course that featured the F-150 hitched with trailers so drivers could experience the Trucks towing capabilities themselves.
Ford also encouraged guests to drive their competitors’ vehicles on site to see how the Ford line up stacks up in comparison.
Markus Flair, Fleet Manager for Rogers Communications commented, “Rogers has many Ford vehicles in our fleet. I have always been really satisfied with the customer service Ford provides, they take exceptional care of their fleet customers.”
Angie Boutilier and Lucy Steed from Element Fleet Management