General Motors recently stopped in Toronto as part of its GM Fleet and Commercial Sales Canada Solutions Summit tour. Over 270 fleet owners, operators and managers had an exclusive look at GM’s latest product offerings, technology updates and more.
Peter Bagnall, Director, Fleet and Commercial Sales kickstarted the day with a presentation. “We at GM, want to demonstrate to you that we are the best choice for your fleet needs. We are in the check every box that matters business.” 2018 was GM’s best fleet sales year since 2008 with an impressive 73,642 total fleet sales, up 4% from 2017. Peter also took the opportunity to emphasize GM’s commitment to Canada and Ontario jobs. GM currently employs 10,000 people across Canada.
Craig Campbell, Training Manager, GM elaborated on that commitment during the following product presentation. GM vehicle software technologies like new driver mode controls, brake life monitoring systems, trailer brake controls and other safety tech are all proudly designed and engineered in GM’s Markham and Oshawa technical engineering centres.
The afternoon included a ride and drive where guests had the chance to drive the latest vehicles from the automakers four distinct brands. The Chevrolet Silverado HD, Sierra HD, Blazer, Cadillac XT4, Bolt, Buick Regal Sportback, Tahoe, Colorado and Canyon were just some of the myriad of vehicles available to drive. The ride and drive included both a street drive and closed course, an upfitter corral and learning labs where attendees had an in depth look at different GM safety technologies, truck towing and hauling capabilities, connectivity features and more. New for 2020 Trucks, optional GMC enhance ProGrade Trailering system which features 15 cameras is available. The camera’s mounted on the rear of a trailer provide a “see-through” trailer effect, making towing easier and safer than ever.
People flocked to test drive the new heavy and light duty trucks. The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD were made with fleet customers in mind. Enhancements include a new 6.6L V8 Gas engine, all-new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission, advanced trailering system technologies and more. For the half tons, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 offer customers six powertrains, including the 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel and the 6.2L V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management.
GM’s Jim Scott, Vahisan Kumaaravel, Andrew Gibson, Sean Logan, Geoff Johnstone and Peter Cornu.
Attendees had the exclusive chance to drive the all new HD’s.
Derek Cutting, Durham College and Stephen Sell, Ontario Electrical League pose with the Bolt EV.
Customers Paul Gapasin and Saidah Azad, TD Bank put the Chevy Blazer to the test.
Foss National’s Monique Powers, Deborah Pavao and Stephanie Celli with a Chevrolet Silverado HD.
Foss/LeasePlan’s Ryan Hartley with GM’s Ed Shire.
Transpart Inc’s Rick Kwasnik and Neil Barfoot.
Adrian Steel’s Andrew Kingdon, Robert Dowse and Stephen Johns.
Len Hewitt and Brent Hewitt maned the Woodfield Canada booth.
A host of vehicles were available for test drives.