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In Memoriam: Bill Gibson — 1952 - 2021

In Memoriam: Bill Gibson — 1952 - 2021

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

General Motors Celebrates 50 Years with Mary Kay

General Motors Celebrates 50 Years with Mary Kay

General Motors is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its successful relationship with Mary Kay in providing career cars as incentive rewards to the company’s national network of independent beauty consultants.

April 1, 2019

Mexico: Analysis of the Fleet Market

Mexico: Analysis of the Fleet Market

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

Commercial Fleet Market in Argentina Gains Strength

Commercial Fleet Market in Argentina Gains Strength

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

Fleet Market Flat as Ecuador Emerges from Recession

Fleet Market Flat as Ecuador Emerges from Recession

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 Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 11%

GM’s Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 11%

In addition, General Motors fleet sales to governmental political subdivisions were up 5% in 2017. This was the first time in 25 years that commercial and government sales for GM have been greater than daily rental deliveries.

March 1, 2018

Chevrolet Benefits from Reorg of GM South American Operation

Chevrolet Benefits from Reorg of GM South American Operation

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

State of the Chinese Commercial Fleet Market

State of the Chinese Commercial Fleet Market

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

South Korea: State of the Commercial Fleet Market

South Korea: State of the Commercial Fleet Market

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

AF Global Report Examines Robust Mexican Fleet Market

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.

October 28, 2016

GM Mexico's Garza Examines Mexican Fleet Market

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.

October 19, 2016

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

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.

October 5, 2016

General Motors' 2017 Fleet Preview
GM’s Ed Peper Discusses the Commercial Fleet Market

GM’s Ed Peper Discusses the Commercial Fleet Market

Peper talked about GM’s re-entry into the low-cab forward market, along with its suite of other commercial products. He reaffirmed continued production of Express/Savana, as evidenced by new powertrain upgrades in the pipeline.

May 9, 2016

Former GM Fleet Exec Shepherd Dies

Former GM Fleet Exec Shepherd Dies

Jim Shepherd, retired General Motors fleet account executive for Northern California, passed away on Feb. 3. He was 73.

March 31, 2016

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