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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

February 2017 - Global News

World's Fleet Managers to Gather at 2017 Global Fleet Conference

The Global Fleet Conference in Miami is designed for fleet managers and fleet stakeholders with global responsibilities. Educational content is focused on the needs of global fleets. Networking has been a highlight of Global Fleet Conferences in the previous years, and will remain a focus for the conference in 2017.

Tags: Global, Global Fleet Conference, Fleet Events

February 2017 - Global News

Mexico City Ranked Most Congested Global City

The top five most traffic congested cities in the world are Mexico City, Bangkok, Jakarta, Chongqing, and Bucharest.

Tags: TomTom, Mexico, Traffic Congestion, Mexico City, Global

February 2017 - Industry News

Waymo Sues Uber, Otto, Alleging Stolen Autonomous Technology

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo is suing Uber and its Otto autonomous trucking subsidiary for stealing the company’s autonomous vehicle sensor technology. Alphabet is also the parent company of Google.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Waymo, Lawsuits, Global

February 2017 - Industry News

Goodyear's Raw Material Costs Increase $300M in 3 Weeks

Tire makers worldwide are citing rising raw material costs as the driver of their price increases. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. painted a picture of just how extreme the increases have been so far — using words like “volatile” and “unpredictable."

Tags: Goodyear, Global, Tires, Economic Conditions

February 2017 - Global News

LeasePlan USA Names Schlesinger President, CEO

Jeff Schlesinger was named president and CEO of LeasePlan USA, a fleet management company headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga. Schlesinger succeeds Mike Pitcher, who retired as president and CEO at the end of 2016.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, LeasePlan, C-Suite, New Hire

February 2017 - Industry News

GM’s Maven Carsharing Launches in Atlanta

GM’s Maven City carsharing program has expanded to Atlanta. Registered members will have access to 50 carsharing vehicles at more than 20 locations throughout the city.

Tags: Carsharing, General Motors, Mobility, Maven

January 2017 - Global News

Global Fleet Conference to Feature Four Regional Fleet Market Updates

The 2017 Global Fleet Conference will be featuring panels that will update attendees on the fleet market conditions of South America, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand.

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

January 2017 - Global News

Toyota Built 2M Vehicles in North America in '16

Toyota achieved a record year of North American vehicle production in 2016 with more than 2.12 million vehicles built at its North American vehicle assembly plants.

Tags: Toyota, Manufacturing, Milestones

January 2017 - Global News

Telematics Providers Ink Deals with Four Mexican Companies

International telematics provider Scope Technologies and local partner Troncalnet have signed four new deals with Mexican companies such as CARSSA Courier Company, Grupo Autofin de Monterrey, FAMSA, and Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA).

Tags: Telematics, Mexico, Partnership

January 2017 - Global News

AmeriPride Names SVP of Canadian Operations

AmeriPride Services, a textile rental services and supply company, has named Andrew Steiner to senior vice president of Canadian operations. Steiner’s appointment was effective January 1, 2017.

Tags: Canada, AmeriPride

January 2017 - Global News

WEX, Enterprise Fleet Enter into Canadian Agreement

WEX Inc., a global provider of corporate payment solutions, has signed a new agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management in Canada. WEX and Enterprise Fleet Management have been working together in the U.S. since 1993.

Tags: Canada, Enterprise Fleet Management, WEX

December 2016 - Global News

Mexico Gasoline Prices to Surge in 2017

Mexican gasoline prices are forecast to rise by as much as 20% in January compared to the highest recorded prices in December as part of the country’s move to end several decades of government-set prices at the pump.

Tags: Mexico, Gasoline Prices

December 2016 - Industry News

FedEx CEO Warns Trump Attack on Trade Could Be 'Catastrophic'

FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith warned that President-elect Trump's campaign promises to pull back on international trade agreements could be “catastrophic.”

Tags: NAFTA, Free Trade Agreement, FedEx, Donald Trump, Economic Conditions

December 2016 - Global News

2017 Hyundai Models to Get HERE HD+ Traffic

HERE’s HD+ Traffic service will be available on select 2017 Hyundai cars sold in Canada and the U.S.

Tags: Canada, Hyundai, Routing

November 2016 - Feature

Pacific: Canadian Trucks Provide a Boost

Auctions in the Pacific Northwest and across the northern tier of the U.S. have seen a healthy influx of Canadian units over the past two years as a result of a softening economy in western Canada and a weak Canadian dollar.

Tags: Canada, DAA Northwest, DAA Seattle, Washington Auctions, Car Rental, CPO, McConkey Auction Group

November 2016 - Industry News

Opportunity: U.S.-based International Key Account Manager for Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover has an opening for a U.S. based international key account manager (fleet), and is looking for an applicant who has prior experience working in fleet and business sales from a manufacturer perspective.

Tags: Canada, Fleet Sales, United States, Jaguar Land Rover

November 2016 - Global News

Shell Canada Inks Fleet Card Agreement

Shell Canada has announced a multi-year agreement to provide Shell Fleet Navigator Card services to Purolator. Further expanding the footprint of Shell fleet operations in Canada, Purolator has transitioned its fleet of 3,000 drivers to the Shell Fleet Navigator Card.

Tags: Canada, Purolator, Shell

October 2016 - Global News

Scania to Showcase Concrete Mixer Trucks for Mexican Market

Scania is teaming up with McNeilus to showcase its first concrete mixer trucks for the Mexican market.

Tags: Mexico, Scania, Construction Fleets, McNeilus

October 2016 - Global News

AF Global Report Examines Robust Mexican Fleet Market

In an in-depth Q&A, Automotive Fleet Editor Mike Antich discusses the ups and downs of the Mexican automotive market with Francisco Garza, GM Mexico vice president, vehicle sales, service, and marketing (VSSM) for Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean countries.

Tags: Infrastructure, Mexico, NAFTA, General Motors

October 2016 - Press Release

Chevin Passes 1M Vehicle and Asset Milestone

More than 1 million vehicles and assets are now being managed using Chevin Fleet Solutions' FleetWave software, the company has announced.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Asset Tracking, Chevin

October 2016 - Feature

GM Mexico's Garza Examines Mexican Fleet Market

Presently, there are 34 million vehicles in operation in Mexico, of which 34% are commercial vehicles. The majority of large fleets operating in Mexico are owned or leased by multinational companies.

Tags: Oil Prices, Mexico, General Motors, Vehicle Exports

October 2016 - Global News

Global Fleet Safety Alliance Formed

The CEI Group, Inc., CEPA SafeDrive, and VVCR International have announced they have created the Global Fleet SafeDrive Alliance, which will offer a turnkey, fully integrated multinational fleet safety program.

Tags: CEI Group, CEPA SafeDrive, VVCR International

October 2016 - Global News

Mexican Telematics Market is Fragmented but Growing

C.J. Driscoll & Associates has released its 148-page “2016-17 Mexican Telematics Market Study,” a comprehensive report details the state of telematics use in Mexico, including market penetration, types of fleets using telematics, and the major players.

Tags: Mexico, CJ Driscoll, Report

October 2016 - Feature

Commercial Sales Increase 2.8% in Canada despite Economic Headwinds

As oil prices have dropped, the growth in fleet sales has shifted from the oil-rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan to the manufacturing provinces of Ontario and Quebec, which have influenced the types of vehicles acquired.

Tags: Canada, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2016 - Cover Story

The U.S. Commercial Fleet Market Continues to be Strong

The forecast is that the commercial fleet market in the U.S. will remain strong well into the 2017 calendar-year. Stimulating this ongoing business activity is steady growth in the national economy, low fuel prices, and low interest rates.

Tags: State of Fleet Market Report, General Motors, Fuel Costs

October 2016 - Industry News

Global Fleet Conference Registration Opens Nov. 1

Registration for the Global Fleet Conference 2017 will open on Nov. 1, 2016. The Global Fleet Conference has sold out each of the previous four years, so mark your calendar and be ready to make your plans to attend.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Miami, Nexus Communication, Global Fleet Conference

October 2016 - Global News

ALD Automotive, Wheels Extend Coverage into Central America

ALD Automotive and its strategic North American partner Wheels Inc., signed a partnership agreement with Arrend Leasing, a Guatemala-based car leasing company covering four markets in Central America.

Tags: ALD Automotive, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras

September 2016 - Industry News

NETS Names McKillips Executive Director

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has appointed Joseph McKillips as its executive director to replace Jack Hanley, who has retired.

Tags: Promotions, NETS, India, Vietnam, Abbott, Multinational Fleets

September 2016 - Industry News

AFLA Names 2016 President's Award Winners

The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) has honored three fleet industry professionals with its 2016 President's award, including Automotive Fleet's editor Mike Antich, the association announced.

Tags: AFLA, Automotive Fleet, Bobit Business Media, AFLA Conference, Awards, ADP

September 2016 - Industry News

ARI Names Director of Sales

ARI has added several associates to its sales organization to support its strategic vision and continued growth, including appointing Craig Pierce as director of sales, the fleet management company has announced.

Tags: ARI, Promotions, Fleet Management Companies

September 2016 - Global News

In Case You Missed it: Q1/Q2 Global Fleet Special Report

In preparation for the release of the upcoming Global Fleet Market Conditions Q3 2016 digital magazine, here is a recap of the Q1 – Q2 2016 Global Fleet Special Report issue, in case you missed it.

Tags: Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Automotive Fleet

September 2016 - Global News

Do You Want to Present at the Global Fleet Conference 2017?

The Global Fleet Conference planning committee is working on the 2017 schedule and is looking for your ideas. If you would like to help lead the conversation as a presenter, we want to hear from you.

Tags: Global Fleet Conference, Industry Events, Fleet Events

September 2016 - Global News

Commercial Sales Increase 2.8% in Canada Despite Economic Headwinds

Automotive retail sales in Canada hit a record of 1.94 million new vehicles (fleet and retail) sold in calendar-year 2015, an increase of 2.6% over 2014. This is the third consecutive year of record retail sales in Canada.

Tags: Canada, Oil Prices, Commercial Sales

September 2016 - Global News

Mexico's Rassini Recognized with Second Masters of Quality Award

For the second straight year, Rassini, a Mexican industrial company engaged in the automotive industry, was recognized by Daimler Trucks North America, for quality, delivery, technology and cost performance.

Tags: Mexico, Awards, Daimler Trucks North America

August 2016 - Global News

Save the Date: 2017 Global Fleet Conference Returns to Miami

When making your travel plans for 2017, make sure to save June 6-8 for the annual Global Fleet Conference, which will be returning to Miami.

Tags: United States

August 2016 - Global News

Vincentric Names 2016 Best Fleet Value in Canada Awards

Vincentric has announced its fifth annual Best Fleet Value in Canada awards. Among the honorees were vehicles from Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, Inifiniti, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, and Volvo.

Tags: Canada

August 2016 - Global News

Weather Hazard Alert Service Available in North America

Weather Telematics has released the E-Horizon Road Weather Hazard Alert Service on the Geotab Marketplace.

Tags: Telematics, Geotab, Weather Telematics

July 2016 - Global News

Petro-Canada Grows Partnership with Freightliner Manitoba

Petro-Canada Lubricants has announced the latest growth phase of its partnership with Freightliner Manitoba to now include six Freightliner maintenance facilities across the province of Manitoba.

Tags: Canada, Freightliner, Petro-Canada Lubricants

June 2016 - Industry News

BMW to Build Next-Gen 3 Series in Mexico

BMW is shifting production of its 3 Series entry luxury sedan to a new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, starting in 2019, BMW has announced.

Tags: BMW, Vehicle Production, Mexico, BMW 3 Series

June 2016 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler Recieves $66M for Pacifica Hybrid Production

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will receive up to C$85.8 million ($66.7 million) in grant funding from the Ontario, Canada, government to invest in the Windsor Assembly Plant that's building the Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

Tags: Grant Funding, Elected Leaders, FCA, Canada, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

June 2016 - Global News

GM Expands Vehicle Software Development and Engineering in Canada

This investment will boost the province's economy and create over 700 jobs.

Tags: Canada, General Motors, Research and Development

June 2016 - Press Release

Safe Fleet Acquires FleetMind

Missouri-based fleet solutions provider Safe Fleet has acquired FleetMind Solutions, Inc., a fleet management software provider headquartered in Montreal.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Mergers & Acquisitions, Safe Fleet

May 2016 - Global News

FCA Canada Opens Mopar-Certified Collision Repair Facility Program

FCA Canada has announced today that it has entered into an exclusive, strategic agreement with Certified Collision Care, the Canadian division of the Assured Performance Network, made up of best-in-class body shops from across the country.

Tags: Collision Repair, Mopar, FCA

May 2016 - Global News

Propane Autogas Dispensers Receive Canadian Underwriters Listings

Superior Energy Systems’ electronic propane autogas fuel dispensers have received across-the-board Canadian Standards Association (CSA) listings per Underwriters Laboratories UL 495 and CAN1-12.4 standards.

Tags: Canada, Propane Autogas, Fuel dispensers

May 2016 - Global News

MRO Company Purchases Canadian Fleet Specialist

Lawson Products, Inc., a distributor of products and services to the MRO marketplace, has acquired F.B. Feeney Hardware in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The transaction closed in early May.

Tags: Canada, Acquisition, Lawson Products, MRO

May 2016 - Feature

CEI Holds Global Fleet Safety Workshop

Fleet professionals from around the world attended CEI’s Global Fleet Driver Management Workshop in Philadelphia to share their experiences and offer insights into how to create and manage a global fleet safety program.

Tags: Fleet Events, Multinational Fleets, CEI Group

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