Event provided a mix of vehicles, as well as featuring everything from electric vehicles and hybrids to work trucks, as well as commercial vans of all sizes
November 18, 2016
by Canadian Automotive Review Staff
From the October 2016 print edition
Ontario fleet managers braved the rain, strong winds and chilly temperatures to attend a recent North American Fleet Organization (NAFA) Ontario chapter ride and drive event. And despite the conditions, fleet managers and buyers were able to test-drive various new cars under some slightly soggy roads—a taste of Canada’s changeable weather.
NAFA held the ride and drive at the Garry W. Morden Centre in Mississauga on September 28. The event began at 10:30am and continued until 3pm, with some attendees dropping by while others spent the day. The two-kilometre closed track that attendees got to test drive vehicles on is on the training facilities for the Peel Regional Police and the Mississauga Fire Department
The ride and drive provided a mix of vehicles, as well as featuring everything from electric vehicles and hybrids to work trucks, as well as commercial vans of all sizes. Among the manufacturers with vehicles at the event available to test drive were: Toyota; GM; Chrysler; Ford; BMW; Mercedes-Benz; Mitsubishi and others. New technology and the latest developments in telematics were also featured at the event.
This year’s event featured over 90 new vehicles from various OEMs, as well as upfitters, aftermarket equipment and fleet suppliers. All told, 240 people registered for the event, and 29 companies were represented there.
It gives the fleet industry in the province the opportunity to network while at the same time providing the chance to try out vehicles new to the market, said Jennifer Chapman of LeasePlan and treasurer of NAFA Ontario. Along with the ability to test drive new vehicles, the event also allows for some mingling and networking, she noted.
“It’s a chance for people in the association and the industry to get together and see what’s new,” Chapman said.
The ride and drive is annual and alternates each year between Ontario and the Quebec chapter of NAFA.