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November 2017 - Global News

Daimler Introduces Pair of Mexico-Specific Cabover Trucks

The rollout of two new market-specific cabover trucks in Mexico exemplifies Daimler Trucks overarching strategy of acting globally but thinking locally.

Tags: Freightliner, Mexico, Class 8, Daimler Trucks North America, Cabovers, Global

November 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Convert Diesel Delivery Trucks to Electric

UPS and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) plan to use new technology to convert UPS package delivery vehicles from diesel to electric, UPS has announced.

Tags: UPS, Electric Trucks, Delivery Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Conversion

April 2017 - News

In Memoriam: Founder of Canadian Automotive Fleet Magazine

John Ernest (Jake) McLaughlin, the founder and publisher of Canadian Automotive Fleet magazine, which was created as a joint venture with Bobit Business Media, passed away on March 29 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

Tags:  Global, Canada, Bobit Business Media, Obituary

November 2017 - Industry News

House Plan Would Eliminate EV Tax Credit

A $7,500 federal tax credit that has fueled sales of plug-in electric vehicles in recent years could be eliminated if House Republicans can include the proposal in the tax cut bill now under discussion, reports Reuters.

Tags: Tax Credits, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Taxation, U.S. Congress

November 2017 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Climb 3.7% in October

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 3.7% to 49,801 in October with strong truck sales outweighing a nearly 30% decline in cars, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Procurement, Trends

October 2017 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Launches Electric Truck Brand E-Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation launched E-Fuso, a product brand exclusively dedicated to electric trucks and buses, and unveiled its all-electric heavy-duty truck concept.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, E-Fuso

October 2017 - Global News

Element Fleet Management Canada Names President

Element Fleet Management Canada has promoted its former chief commercial officer to the role of president.

Tags: Canada, Global, Promotions, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Management Companies

October 2017 - Feature

Maven Makes Shared Mobility Possible

Launched by General Motors in January 2016, Maven is a car-sharing service that is spreading across North America and offering technology and terms that could prove irresistible to mobile fleets.

Tags: General Motors, Maven, Maven Gig, Carsharing

October 2017 - Industry News

Element's 2017 Roundtable Highlights Fleet Trends

Hundreds of fleet company executives, supplier partners, automotive manufacturers and Element experts gathered at the 2017 Element Fleet Roundtable in Maryland last week.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Events, Technology

October 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Puerto Rico Hosts First Post-Hurricane Sale

Manheim Puerto Rico hosted its first post-hurricane sale on Oct. 12 — 200 vehicles were offered for sale, the auction announced. Of those, 70 sold and an additional 30 vehicles are pending sale.

Tags: Remarketing, Manheim, Puerto Rico, Hurricanes, Hurricane Maria

October 2017 - Industry News

Dan Frank Named Chief Executive of Wheels

Dan Frank has been named the chief executive officer of Wheels, Inc., as his father Jim Frank transitions from that role to executive chairman of the board, the fleet management company announced.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Wheels Inc., C-Suite

October 2017 - Global News

Unilever to Electrify Entire Fleet by 2030

Unilever has committed to converting its entire fleet to be battery-electric or hybrid-electric by 2030, which is part of the organizations commitment to encouraging commitments on electric transport.

Tags: Unilever, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 2017 - Global News

Sofico Opens Office In Mexico

Sofico opened an office in Mexico as a means to better serve its customers in Central America with its services in financing, leasing, and fleet software.

Tags: Mexico, Software, Sofico, Global

September 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Cadillac Claims First Hands-Off Coast-to-Coast Drive

Cadillac CT6 sedans equipped with a new semi-autonomous driving mode called Super Cruise began heading from New York City to Los Angeles on a drive the General Motors unit says is the first of its kind.

Tags: Cadillac, Cadillac CT6, Autonomous Vehicles, Semi-Autonomous

September 2017 - Global News

Canadian Utility BC Hydro Adopts Chevin FleetWave

BC Hydro has adopted FleetWave to meet flexible reporting capabilities, quick and effective analytical means, and access to key performance indicators over the complete lifecycle of vehicles.

Tags: Canada, Fleet Management Software, Chevin FleetWave, Chevin

September 2017 - Industry News

Hurricane Irma Could Wipe out 400,000 Vehicles

As many as 400,000 vehicles in Florida will need to be replaced as a result of Hurricane Irma, including as many as 11,000 fleet vehicles, according to Cox Automotive.

Tags: Enterprise Holdings, Hurricanes, Cox Automotive, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey

September 2017 - Industry News

Trump Administration Streamlines Self-Driving Guidelines

The new federal guidance is designed to ease regulatory processes to encourage more innovation from manufacturers.

Tags: Regulations, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Donald Trump

September 2017 - Feature

Global Fleet Conference Grows in Miami

The 2017 Global Fleet Conference hosted fleet managers and stakeholders with multinational responsibilities from June 6 to 8 in Miami, Fla.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Donlen, Global, LeasePlan, Nexus Communication, Global Fleet Conference

September 2017 - Industry News

AFLA Names 2017 President Award Winners

The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) has announced the recipients of the 2017 President's Award, which honors individuals who have excelled in their service to AFLA’s current president.

Tags: AFLA, Automotive Fleet, Awards

August 2017 - Industry News

Hurricane Harvey Could Create 1M Salvage Vehicles

While market watchers agree that Hurricane Harvey's impact stretches beyond Houston-area automotive business, estimates on exactly how many vehicles will need to be replaced vary between half a million and million vehicles, including as many as 18,500 fleet vehicles.

Tags: Hurricane Harvey, Natural Disaster, Cox Automotive, Black Book

August 2017 - Industry News

Talks to Revamp NAFTA Slated to Begin This Week

Trucking and logistics interests are keeping a close eye on talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement begin this week – particularly those involved in the automotive industry.

Tags: Mexico, NAFTA, Donald Trump, Economic Conditions

August 2017 - Global News

Chanje Bringing Class 5 Electric Cargo Van to U.S.

Can an electric medium-duty vehicle manufactured at a global scale and priced on par with a diesel finally achieve mass-market appeal? Chanje is betting on it.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Chanje, Global, Cargo Vans, Class 5, Full-Size Vans

August 2017 - Global News

Fleetcor Offers Cross-Border Payments with Global Payment Tech Acquisition

Fleetcor Technologies, Inc. has entered into the business to business (B2B), cross-border payment market with its acquisition of Cambridge Global Payments.

Tags: Payment Service Provider, Global, Fleetcor, Payment Cards

August 2017 - Industry News

GE Water & Process Technologies Names Global Fleet Manager

Jason Pucely was named global fleet manager for GE Water & Process Technologies in Trevose, Pa.

Tags: Best Buy, Global, New Hire

July 2017 - Global News

Ford Leads Vincentric's Canadian Top Fleet Value List

Ford featured 10 winning models, which included the Taurus, several Ford Transits, and a few vehicles from the Ford F Series,

Tags: Toyota, Operating Costs, Canada, Vincentric, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Global, TCO

July 2017 - Global News

Nestle Names Global Category Manager for Car Fleet

Dean Yerem was promoted to global category manager - car fleet for Nestrade, which is the global trading company within the Nestlé Group. Yerem assumed this position in April and is based in Panama City, Panama.

Tags: Nestle, Global, Promotions

July 2017 - Industry News

VW Names Second-in-Command for North America

Volkswagen of America has appointed Werner Eichhorn as chief sales and marketing officer for North America. He will start on Sept. 1 and report to Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of the region, the automaker announced.

Tags: Volkswagen, Global, Automotive Executives, Promotions

July 2017 - Cover Story

2018-MY Buying Inclinations Point to a Strong Model-Year

The majority of commercial fleets responding to AF’s annual survey report that new-vehicle ordering volume will be either larger or comparable to the prior model-year due to business growth and the need to replace aging assets.

Tags: Vehicle Ordering, Buying Intentions, Engine Downsizing

June 2017 - Feature

Fleet Market in Canada Driven by Both Tailwinds & Headwinds

In 2016, Canada experienced record auto sales, but lower oil prices have impacted the economy of Western Canada while low interest rates fueled new-vehicles sales. The forecast is for strong fleet sales in CY-2017.

Tags: Canada, Global, Auto Sales, Fleet Sales

June 2017 - Feature

Mexico Fleet Market Resilient in Face of Uncertainty

Calendar-year 2016 sales shows were strong, but there are headwinds buffeting 2017 auto sales, in particular, the risk of higher interest rates, and a weaker Mexican peso vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Mexico, Global, Auto Sales

June 2017 - Product News

Chevin Adds Global Features to Fleet Management Software

Chevin Fleet Solutions has added multiple-currency and other new global features to offer greater support for international organizations and businesses operating across borders, the company announced.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Global, Chevin FleetWave, Chevin

June 2017 - Global News

Ford to Source Next-Gen Focus From China

Ford is shifting production of its next-generation 2019 Focus compact car to China from Mexico, and will invest $900 million in its Kentucky Truck Plant to expand production for the new Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, Ford has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Ford Focus, China, Mexico, Ford, Compact Cars

June 2017 - Global News

LeasePlan USA Hires SVP for Multinational Fleets

Heidi DiAngelo will manage international accounts, develop global strategies, and work with organizations to make international fleet management more efficient.

Tags: Element Fleet Management, New Hire, Global, LeasePlan, Leasing, Fleet Management Companies, Multinational Fleets

May 2017 - Global News

Canadian Company Invests in eNow

Canadian Solar Inc., a solar power company, announced that it has acquired a minority equity interest in eNow, a U.S. company specializing in solar-based energy management system for the commercial transportation industry.

Tags: Upfitting, Solar Power, eNow, Canada

May 2017 - Industry News

Ford Appoints Nair to Head North America

Ford's new CEO, Jim Hackett, has appointed Raj Nair to lead Ford North America and two other leaders for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, the company has announced.

Tags: Ford, Senior Management, Automotive Executives

May 2017 - Global News

Shell Canada Offering Fleet Card Services to Canadian Gas Company

ATCO will transition more than 2,500 of its drivers in Canda to utilize the Shell Fleet Navigator Card.

Tags: Canada, Shell, Global, Payment Cards

May 2017 - Industry News

LeasePlan Sponsoring Dinner Cruise at Global Fleet Conference

LeasePlan will be sponsoring a dinner cruise at the 2017 Global Fleet Conference cruise that will be held in Biscayne Bay, Florida, on June 7.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, LeasePlan, Fleet Events, Global Fleet Conference

April 2017 - Industry News

Ford, Nissan Top Vincentric's Fleet Value List

Ford and Nissan vehicles appeared most prominently among the vehicles chosen as having the best fleet value by Vincentric for the 2017 model year, the firm that analyzes total cost of ownership announced.

Tags: Vincentric, Nissan, Ford, Awards, TCO, Operating Costs

April 2017 - Press Release

LeasePlan Offers Global Fleet Conference Pass

Register to win an all-access pass to the Global Fleet Conference, which is sponsored by LeasePlan, the company has announced.

Tags: Global Fleet Conference, LeasePlan, Fleet Management Companies, Fleet Events

April 2017 - Global News

Global Procurement and Supplier Management Trends Examined at Global Fleet Conference

The 2017 Global Fleet Conference will offer in-depth presentations regarding global fleet supplier relationships as well as global procurement strategies.

Tags: Automotive Fleet, Procurement, Global Fleet Conference, Suppliers

April 2017 - Industry News

Apple Granted Permit for Autonomous Car Testing

The tech leader is allowed to test three Lexus RX 450h autonomous vehicles on public roads in California.

Tags: Regulations, California DMV, Apple, Lexus RX, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

April 2017 - Industry News

Used-Car Values Could Fall by 50%, Morgan Stanley Says

A new report from Morgan Stanley warns that used-car values could fall by 25% to 50% in the next four to five years.

Tags: Remarketing, Morgan Stanley, Used Vehicles, Residual Values

April 2017 - Global News

Trump’s Impact on Commercial Fleets Analyzed at Global Fleet Conference

The 2017 Global Fleet Conference will feature a presentation that will address how proposed policy changes by the Trump administration may impact the North American fleet market.

Tags: Automotive Fleet, Global Fleet Conference, Donald Trump, Disruptive Technology

March 2017 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Remain at $2.29 Per Gallon

The average national price of gasoline remained at $2.29 per gallon for the week ending March 27 amid discussion by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to extend a production cut by another six months.

Tags: AAA, EIA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy, Fuel

March 2017 - Industry News

LeasePlan USA Names CCO

Ricardo Fonzaghi was named chief commercial officer of LeasePlan USA, overseeing the company’s sales and client relations teams.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, LeasePlan, New Hire

March 2017 - Industry News

Ram Commercial Enhances Truck, Van Upfitting

Ram Commercial introduced its Augmented Reality Upfit Configurator and Q Pro certification program to help dealers and auxiliary equipment providers set up its trucks and vans for commercial users at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Upfitting, Work Truck Show, Software, Ram Truck, Augmented Reality

March 2017 - Global News

FCA Mexico Sales Up 9%

On March 1, FCA México reported February sales of 8,059 units, up 9% versus 2016; best February since 2010.

Tags: Mexico, Ram Truck, Global, FCA

March 2017 - Global News

BP First International Oil Company to Enter Mexico Retail Market

Mexico is the sixth-largest consumer gasoline and diesel market globally and BP is the first international oil company to enter the market, following deregulation, which was previously only served by Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the Mexican state-owned petroleum company.

Tags: Mexico, BP, Fuel and Oil, Global

March 2017 - Industry News

Element Increased Operating Income 45% in 2016

Element Fleet Management increased operating income 45% and increased service and other revenue to 55% of total revenue in 2016, due in large part to its part to its acquisition-oriented growth strategy, the company announced.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Element Fleet Management, Earnings, Equity Markets

March 2017 - Global News

Global Fleet Conference Preferred Pricing Available to May

Registration for the Global Fleet Conference 2017 has opened and preferred pricing is available to fleet managers who sign up before May 6.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Global Fleet Conference, Fleet Events, Global

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