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May 22, 2017

COX AUTOMOTIVE CANADA REDESIGNS WEB SITE

Cox Automotive Canada has redesigned its web site, coxautoinc.ca. The web site is an information portal for Cox Automotive Canadian operations. It has been designed to be mobile-friendly, which allows for seamless transition between desktop or mobile device.

"We're excited about our new website experience, and how it will better serve the media, existing and prospective clients, and build our brands in Canada," said Jack Sulymka, Director, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Cox Automotive Canada. "The automotive remarketing industry is evolving towards an integrated online experience, and along with our enhancements, our new website will also provide key information that can benefit our clients' business."

The web site offers information on Cox Automotive Canada people, brands, solutions, Cox Cares, press room and a blog.







May 22, 2017

EMKAY AMONG CHICAGOS BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR

EMKAY has been selected as one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in 2017. This is the 8th time the company has been given the award.

The award looks at companies that exemplify the program’s mission of: Better Business. Richer Lives. Stronger Communities. The competition focuses on how companies develop employee enrichment and operational excellence, leading to increased productivity and financial performance.



May 22, 2017

VOLVO CARS PARTNERS WITH GOOGLE

Volvo Cars has partnered with Google on developing the next generation of its in-car infotainment and connectivity solution to be based on Android. The new system is set to be launched on new Volvo models in two years. A large catalogue of Android apps, developed by Google, Volvo, or third part developers, will be available.

"We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership. Google's platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalization possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective," said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Research and Development, Volvo Car Group.

Volvo models will be updated with Google Local Search for those customers with Sensus Navigation.

"We're thrilled to partner with Volvo to bring Android into their next generation connected cars," said Patrick Brady, Vice President of Android Engineering, Google. "This partnership gives us the opportunity to deliver a more seamless experience to Volvo drivers through a full-featured infotainment platform and rich ecosystem of Android applications and Google services."



May 17, 2017

ARI NAMED TO BEST WORKPLACES IN CANADA

For the first time, ARI has been named to Best Workplaces in Canada – Large and Multinational for 2017, coming in at number 32.

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada,” said Rick Tousaw, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, ARI Canada. “At ARI, we seek to foster a culture that is supportive, collaborative and based around a sense of family. We invest in our people, and in their development and well-being because at the end of the day, our success as a business is the direct result of their hard work and dedication.”

ARI was recognized for having open, transparent, two-way communication between the employees and leadership, and has a intensive on-boarding program and internship program. Which is designed to prepare participants for full-time employment at ARI after graduation.

“Our employees are really second to none. Each day, they go above and beyond for our customers, they invest in themselves via our internal training and development program, Holman University, or through other external training programs, and most important, they support each other,” said Tousaw. “Whether it is celebrating a small victory or the achievement of a personal milestone, our employees lend a helping hand when needed and always stay focused on creating an atmosphere of teamwork, cooperation and understanding. Quite simply, our people care for each other, and that is what makes us special.”



May 15, 2017

WHEELS NAMED TO 2017 CIO 100

International Data Group named Wheels Inc., as a recipient of the 2017 CIO 100. The award is given to organizations worldwide who offer value through effective and innovative use of IT.

“We are extremely honored that IDG has recognized Wheels’ innovative use of technology and the significant value our platforms deliver to our clients,” said Tim O’Hara, Chief Information Officer at Wheels. “Our Reimbursement program is the first truly integrated solution through which clients can manage their reimbursed drivers using the same tools and support resources that were previously available only to company-provided vehicle segments. Customers now have new options to make their workforces satisfied and productive while increasing control over risk and costs,”

Wheels was honoured for its software-as-a service-solution that supports its Reimbursement program.

The CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony, held August 16 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will honour those companies named to the top 100.



May 15, 2017

SHELL CANADA TO PROVIDE CARD SERVICES TO ATCO

Shell Canada has an agreement to offer Shell Fleet Navigator card service to ATCO.

“ATCO is a diverse company providing products and services to many different industries,” said Josh Ferguson, National Sales Manager, Commercial Fleet, Shell Canada. “We are thrilled to be working with each of their business groups to develop customized programs and ultimately, help streamline ATCO’s fleet operations.”

Over 2,500 of ATCO’s drivers at its business units in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be moved to the Shell Fleet Navigator card.

“We have been fortunate to partner with Shell on a range of projects over the years, and we recognized very quickly the exceptional expertise in fuel management they could bring to bear," said Sett Policicchio, Managing Director, Shared Services, ATCO. "As we continue to drive efficiency throughout our global operations, we have pursued cost-effective solutions that will help automate, streamline and simplify our business - the Shell Fleet Navigator Card does all of those things, and it will play an important role in supporting our fleet operations moving forward."



May 9, 2017

UBER PARTNERS WITH LEFTOVERS

Uber Calgary has partnered with LeftOvers Calgary by donating 40 free rides per month to help LeftOvers with its delivery capabilities.

"With an increased demand for food drop offs, this generous partnership with Uber opens the door for volunteers that don't own a vehicle or want to do a quick volunteer route on their lunch break," said Lourdes Juan, Founder, LeftOvers Calgary.

LeftOvers was founded in 2012, it delivers 2,500 to 3,000 pounds of food every week, which is delivered to 20 different service agencies in Calgary including: Calgary Drop in Centre, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, Alpha House, Making Changes Association and Inn from the Cold. LeftOvers works with 35 restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores and events in Calgary to help eliminate food waste.

"We are pleased to use our technology to help a charity organization that provides meaningful help for Calgarians in need. As more and more Calgarians are embracing ridesharing and Uber, we want to give back to the community and the people of Calgary," said Ramit Kar, General Manager, Uber Western Canada.



May 9, 2017

MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER ON RECORD PACE

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter sold approximately 45,000 units worldwide from January to March this year, a new record. It is best first quarter in Sprinter history and a 10 per cent increase over 2016.

“With the Sprinter, we have had a first-class product on the market for over 20 years, a product which defines an entire segment. Never before have so many customers decided in favor of a Sprinter,” said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “It is primarily due to our van icon that Mercedes-Benz Vans has posted its most successful first quarter of all time – in terms of unit sales, revenue and EBIT.”

Mercedes-Benz Vans set a record for sales including all its models in the first quarter. The division sold 86,800 vehicles (up 13 per cent year over year). With March being the best month in history for the brand, at 38,000 deliveries).



April 19, 2017

UTILITY FLEET FORUM POWERING UP

The Canadian Utility Fleet Council is staging its 26th annual Canadian Utility Fleet Forum at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto, Ontario from May 1 to 3.

“I look forward to meeting everyone at our 26th annual Fleet Forum in Toronto. The forum will feature a packed agenda with a strong representation of aerial and chassis manufactures who will be presenting information on what’s new on the market. In addition, the forum will examine environmental challenges to fleets, as well as the always popular vendor one on one where delegates can ask manufacturer or service providers questions about product and programs,” said Peter Michaud, President, Canadian Utility Fleet Council.

The event will feature a vendor Expo including ARI, Element Fleet, Navistar and others. Keynotes, presentations, discussion panels and more are all part of the forum . For more information about visit: www.cufconline.com/forum.



April 10, 2017

MITSUBISHI CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
In marking its 100th year of building cars, Mitsubishi Motors has had a very eventful 2017. From being a niche player in the auto industry, its recent inclusion in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance puts it in the fourth largest auto group in the world.


In the near future, key business, product and manufacturing synergies will take shape within this new global alliance. Mitsubishi has confirmed an all-new crossover/SUV model named Eclipse Cross that will be coming to Canada, along with the long-awaited Outlander PHEV.

On April 1, Canadian-born Tony Laframboise was named Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada’s new President and CEO. Read CAF’s Names and Places article here: fleetbusiness.com/names/names.html#laframboise.

That’s a flurry of activity compared to the humble beginnings of Mitsubishi as a car company 100 years ago. Known then as Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Company, it launched the Model A in 1917. In the years that followed Mitsubishi built only 22 Model A but it was enough to qualify as the first mass-produced passenger car ever made in Japan.



April 7, 2017

FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES CHANGES NAME TO SUBARU CORPORATION

The parent company of Subaru Canada Inc., has changed it name from Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., to Subaru Corporation, effective April 1.

"We have long strived to make excellent products. In recent years, our effort has expanded from making good products to delivering distinctive value that only Subaru can bring to customers," said Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, President and CEO, FHI. "This change in company name declares Subaru's determination to thrive as a brand that delivers value."

FHI was founded in 1917, as Aircraft Research Laboratory (later renamed as Nakajima Aircraft Co., Ltd.). It received it current name in 1953, and entered automotive in 1958 with the Subaru 360.

"Subaru" is Japanese for the Pleiades star cluster and was the first brand to use a Japanese name for its vehicles. Six companies merged to form FHI, reflected in the star cluster logo.



March 28, 2017

FORD UPDATES COMMERCIAL VEHICLES AND PROGRAMS


Ford has made a variety of announcements in regards to its commercial vehicles and programs during the Work Truck Show.

“Ford is deeply committed to the work truck market,” said John Ruppert, Ford general manager, commercial vehicle sales and marketing. “We are the only OEM to offer our vocational customers vehicles in every segment from Classes 1-7, and have sold more commercial vehicles every year for three decades than any other manufacturer. In 2017, we’re celebrating 40 consecutive years of Ford F-Series as America’s best-selling truck. The work truck industry is a very important part of our business, and we’re dedicated to continuing to develop new and improved vehicles, technology and support to help our customers get the job done.”

For the 2018 the Ford Transit now offers: a rearview camera, which will be above the rear doors on medium and high roof models (stays by license plate on low roof models); other standard new features are: a lockable glove box, a rear LED cargo lamp switch, and a rear door exit handle.

New optional features are: heavy duty cargo area flooring and rear scuff plate kit, extended length running boards, push down manual parking brake, power folding heated mirrors with turn signals, AM/FM radio with audio input jack, microphone and Bluetooth, and d-pillar handles for medium and high rood models. Also available as optional equipment is forged alloy dual rear wheel package, and charcoal leather trimmed heated seat package.


Ford’s Advanced Fuel QVM program has been expanded and will now include companies that develop and install electric and hydraulic hybrid powertrains. The eQCM program has three developers (XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems, and Lightning Hybrids.

Also, Work Truck Magazine has named the Ford F-650 and F-750 as its Medium Duty Truck of the Year.


“Customers are embracing our new medium-duty trucks,” said John Scholtes, Chief Program Engineer, Commercial Vehicles, Ford. “They appreciate how flexible the platform is – we offer a choice of gasoline or diesel powertrain, three body styles, a wide GVWR range, and almost limitless customization options to let them spec exactly the right trucks for even the toughest jobs.”



March 28, 2017

ARI INTRODUCES WATCHLIST

ARI has introduced WatchList, a new tool available through ARI insights. The tool is available for ARI clients who are using Accident Management and Telematics programs.

Watchlist can notify a fleet manager of events such as accidents and downtime as they happen and can be monitored in a newsfeed format similar to a social media feed, allowing for immediate action to be taken.

“ARI WatchList brings critical incidents to a fleet manager’s attention right away in a highly visible area of the ARI insights dashboard,” said Tony Candeloro, Vice-President of Product Development and Client Information Services. “This automatic and transparent notification process is a giant leap forward in terms of empowering a fleet manager to take quick action and is integral to a quick resolution.”

Fleet managers can see which vehicle is off-road as they are notified and can contact a vendor before a purchase order is issued and make any arrangements necessary.

“Though it’s hard to measure, we have found that an hour of downtime can cost approximately $150, although factors such as the type of vehicle, how it’s used and the driver’s salary will impact that figure,” said Candeloro. “That can add up very quickly for a fleet and have a significant impact on a company’s bottom line.”

When ARI WatchList notifications are clicked, details surrounding the event are visible. Important incidents can be pinned to the top of the feed. Fleet managers can subscribe to notifications they want to get, and dismiss any as they are resolved. Those who want to share notifications can do so with other ARI insights users that are part of the organization.



March 28, 2017

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR NAFA FLEET EXCELLENCE AWARDS

NAFA has named the finalists for its 2017 Fleet Excellence Awards (FLEXY) to be presented as part of the Institute and Expo at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

The fifth annual awards list of finalists is:

Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Fleet Management
Robert Douglass, Willbros, Fort Worth, Texas
Jeff Menheer, Takeda, Deerfield, Illinois
John Morella, AmeriGas Propane, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Excellence in Fleet Safety - Corporate
Laura Hulback, The Valspar Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Joe Radar, Fisher Auto Parts, Staunton, Virginia
April Yeager, Clariant, Charlotte, North Carolina

Excellence in Fleet Sustainability - Corporate
John Conte, Holman Parts Distribution, Pennsauken Township, New Jersey
Rick Medina, National Security Technologies, Las Vegas, Nevada
Safelite AutoGlass Fleet Department, Columbus, Ohio

Outstanding Achievement in Public Fleet Management
Peter Bednar, County of Ventura Fleet Operations, Ventura, California
James Hineson, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Jersey City, New Jersey
Thuan Treon, County of Bexar Public Works Department, San Antonio, Texas

Excellence in Fleet Safety - Public
Manuel Correra and Richard Hough, City of Henderson, Henderson, Nevada
Gregory Dimesa, New York City Police Department, Maspeth, New York
Damien O. Moody, United States Air Force-96 Logistics Readiness Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

Excellence in Fleet Sustainability - Public
Peter Bednar, County of Ventura Fleet Operations, Ventura, California
James Hineson, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Jersey City, New Jersey
Gary Lentsch, CAFM®, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Eugene, Oregon

Excellence in Fleet Leadership

Michael Bisogno, Commonwealth of Virginia - DGS/Office of Fleet Management Services, Richmond, Virginia
Marilyn Rawlings, City of Cape Coral, Cape Coral, Florida
Safelite AutoGlass Fleet Department, Columbus, Ohio


March 20, 2017

ARI 2017 FLEET FORUM SERIES DATES ANNOUNCED

ARI’s 2017 Cross-Canada Fleet Forum Series, themed Fleet Means Business dates and locations have been announced.

They are;
May 31 – Toronto, Ontario
August 15 – Calgary, Alberta
August 17 – Vancouver, British Columbia
October 3 – Montreal, Quebec

“Increasingly, fleet professionals come from a variety of areas across organizations,” said Peter Nogalo, Marketing Manager, ARI. “Whether it’s sales, service, finance, HR, operations, or procurement; fleet is an integral part of a business. Our 2017 theme of Fleet Means Business recognizes fleet as a key driver of profitability and not simply a cost centre.”

ARI’s 2016 Fleet Forums attracted over 450 Canadian fleet professionals. Registration for the first fleet forum in Toronto will open on April 1.



March 20, 2017

NAFA I&E MAKES TOP TRADE SHOW LIST

NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) 2016 Institute & Expo (I&E) was named to the 2016 Trade Show News Network (TSNN) Top 250 Trade Show List.

“We are thrilled to be recognized once again by TSNN,” says NAFA’s Chief Executive Officer, Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “With so many events taking place throughout the year, it is phenomenal to be among the select few considered. It is a testament to our teams’ hard work and dedication to continuously innovate and provide the fleet industry with a single source for all their fleet needs.”

Result were taken from show management information and date that was supplied to TSNN. The results show the top 250 trade shows held in 2016, and are ranked by net square footage.

The 2017 I&E is about to take place on April 25-28, in Tampa, Florida.



March 13, 2017

EMKAY UPDATES DRIVER APP

EMKAY has updated its mobile Driver 360 app.

The changes include updates to the registration status section under Licensing, which now allow drivers to submit registration renewal requirements through the app. For any provinces that allow copies for emissions certificate, safety inspection or drivers license, the app can now allow the driver to take and upload a photo.

Also updated is the Mileage Log feature, which has been rebuilt and become Mileage tracking. Drivers can track their trips on a daily basis and allows for manual trip entry. The feature also allows for tracking starting/ending locations, miles driven, and for notes of reference to be added to trips. A driver can also start or stop a trip, and the app will use GPS to automatically determine locations and kilometres driven. As well, the app now has a link that can log users into the EMKAY Driver Dashboard automatically.



March 13, 2017

FORTUNE SMILES ON ARI ONCE AGAIN

Fortune named ARI to it’s 2017 100 Best Companies to Work For list, taking the 38th spot. It is the fifth year in a row that ARI has made the list and is the only fleet management company to do so.

“Being named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for a fifth consecutive year is an incredible honor,” said Chris Conroy, President and CEO of Holman Business Services, and President of ARI. “But make no mistake – the credit for this tremendous achievement belongs solely with our people. They are the ones who make ARI such an incredible place to work year after year. It is our people who devote themselves to ensuring our clients are not just happy customers, but rather become raving fans of our organization. It is our people who care for each other, helping when help is needed, celebrating the big achievements and the small victories, investing in themselves through Holman University and other learning opportunities, and remaining focused on creating an atmosphere of teamwork, cooperation and understanding.”

ARI was recognized for having a collaborative atmosphere, family like culture, internal employee engagement and empowerment program (Partners in Excellence), employee recognition program, approach to wellness and work/life balance, and its focus on employee development and 100 per cent tuition reimbursement program/

“Senior leadership also sees this as a chance to learn – about our organization, our employees, and what we can do to evolve and improve,” said Conroy. “Whether it is the continued development of our in-house employee learning and development program Holman University, or our effort to allow employees to become directly involved in the challenges facing our business via the Executive Challenges we started in 2016, we never want to assume that we are ‘done’ or that we can’t continue to do better when it comes to our employees. They devote themselves to our organization, and we are just as devoted to helping them build a satisfying and fulfilling career and life with ARI.”



March 13, 2017

OPEL/VAUXHALL JOIN PSA GROUP


General Motors Company has agreed to sell its Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial European operations to PSA Group, a french multinational manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles. The transaction makes PSA Group the second largest automotive company in Europe. PSA produces the Peugeot, Citroën and DS brands.

“We are proud to join forces with Opel/Vauxhall and are deeply committed to continuing to develop this great company and accelerating its turnaround,” said Carlos Tavares, Chairman of the Managing Board of PSA. “We respect all that Opel/Vauxhall’s talented people have achieved as well as the company’s fine brands and strong heritage. We intend to manage PSA and Opel/Vauxhall capitalizing on their respective brand identities. Having already created together winning products for the European market, we know that Opel/Vauxhall is the right partner. We see this as a natural extension of our relationship and are eager to take it to the next level.”

PSA Group will partner with BNP Paribas for a 50/50 per cent joint venture to operate GM Financial European operations.

“We are very pleased that together, GM, our valued colleagues at Opel/Vauxhall and PSA have created a new opportunity to enhance the long-term performance of our respective companies by building on the success of our prior alliance”, said Mary T. Barra, Chairman and CEO, GM. “For GM, this represents another major step in the ongoing work that is driving our improved performance and accelerating our momentum. We are reshaping our company and delivering consistent, record results for our owners through disciplined capital allocation to our higher-return investments in our core automotive business and in new technologies that are enabling us to lead the future of personal mobility.

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