Bill Gibson, director of national sales for ELMS, passed away on August 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla., following a brief illness. Gibson is best remembered for his fleet career at General Motors, where he retired on April 30, 2011, as director, sales for General Motors Fleet & Commercial Operations. He worked at GM for 38 years, which included 21 years in GM Fleet & Commercial Operation, which included rental, commercial, and global fleet sales.
August 28, 2021
The automotive industry in Mexico has been growing each year since 2009, but 2017 was the first year sales decreased. Although retail and fleet sales declined, Mexican automotive industry continues to post strong export sales.
June 26, 2018
The largest fleet market in Argentina is among large multinational corporations, such as pharmaceutical companies, but there is also a strong vocational fleet market in food distribution, petroleum, mining, and utilities.
May 15, 2018
The strongest sectors acquiring commercial fleet vehicles are agricultural, construction, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, telecommunications, and consumer product companies. Car rental and government are the two top fleet markets.
May 15, 2018
GM’s reorganization of its South America regional structure in 2010 by creating three business units, GM Andina, GM Mercosur, and GM Central, have contributed to the growth of the Chevrolet brand as a regional market leader.
February 8, 2018
The new-vehicle market has been up and down for the 2017 calendar-year, but demand for SUVs and luxury vehicles continues to remain strong. The sales forecast is that the growth rate for 2017 will be lower than prior years.
October 18, 2017
The corporate fleet sector in South Korea accounts for 18-20% of total auto sales, with most sales going to local brands. However, GM Korea is growing its fleet presence, with commercial sales now representing 9% of total sales.
June 23, 2017
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.
October 28, 2016
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.
October 19, 2016
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.
October 5, 2016
With a population of approximately 51 million people, South Africa has a diverse culture and is viewed as the gateway to Africa. The preference in South Africa is vehicle purchasing. Leasing has only made single-digit penetration in the automotive market.
March 4, 2013
Argentina continues to be the second-largest fleet market in South America. Fleet leasing is not prominent in Argentina; it is more common for corporations to purchase fleet vehicles.
February 13, 2013