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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

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

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

June 2017 - Feature

Interview: LeasePlan USA's President & CEO Jeff Schlesinger

LeasePlan foresees the entire fleet management industry changing and is embarking on a corporate-wide transformation of its business. Its goal is to transform from a fleet management company to a fleet mobility company.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, LeasePlan, C-Suite, Mobility, Branding, Sustainability

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, Fuel Cards, Shell, Global

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

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

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