On Monday at the North American International Auto Show, Kia Motors America (KMA) hosted the global debut of the all-new 2019 Forte which enters its third generation with a more sophisticated design and desirable features that transforms one of Kia's best-selling vehicles into something more than a compact car meant for getting people from one point to another. Thanks to a number of improvements, Forte now offers drivers a higher level of comfort, fuel efficiency and advanced driver assistance technologies that are aimed to make the journey – whether a short commute or long haul – a more rewarding and decidedly upscale experience.

The Forte has evolved with a number of visual and feature enhancements, inside and out. The cabin is now more comfortable and "class above," and integrates new driver assistance technology. In addition, the Forte ups its MPG game with an all-new powertrain that utilizes Kia's first IVT, set to deliver an estimated 35 MPG combined[i].

"The compact sedan segment is highly competitive, but with all the improvements the new Forte brings to market for the 2019 model year, it is more than prepared to take on the toughest the segment has to offer," said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. "As one of our top-selling models, the all-new Forte follows some large footsteps, but enhancements in styling, packaging and content make it even more attractive to drivers seeking a compact sedan that can accommodate their versatile lifestyle."

Standard features and desirable amenities in the compact sedan segment continue to be available across three trims – LX, S and EX – with the model line continuing to expand throughout its lifecycle.

Sophisticated Yet Sporty Design

While the third-generation Forte retains its sporty and youthful image, it has graduated to a more sophisticated appearance thanks to a number of sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan. Lauded in the auto industry for its excellence in design, the Stinger is a product fueled by Kia's bold and adventurous spirit and Peter Schreyer's global team of designers translated elements of the Stinger's design language onto the compact to give it a commanding road presence. Enthusiasts know that the right proportions are key, and like the Stinger, Forte's long hood and short deck lend it an overall fastback-like shape. The cowl point was moved back five inches, creating a more athletic stance that makes the Forte appear well-planted to the ground.

Creases in the hood contribute to the Forte's muscular appearance and distinctive design traits on the front fascia, including a fresh approach to Kia's signature tiger nose grille and an aggressive black lower valance, enhance its presence and individual character. The front clip is flanked by a Stinger-esque headlamp design and layout. Separate turn signal indicators are mounted below on the front bumper, where air curtains improve aerodynamic performance and enhance the Forte's technical appeal. Around back, the rear bumper gets the same treatment with separate reverse and turn signal indicators located beneath available LED taillights. Similar to the Sportage compact crossover, a sleek horizontal trim piece connects the taillights.

Comfortable Cabin

Creating the fastback shape strengthened the Forte's exterior appearance, but it also gave engineers an opportunity to expand the occupant compartment in several key areas so passengers are treated to a comfortable space no matter how long the journey. Overall length has increased by 3.2 inches to 182.7 inches, allowing for more legroom and additional cargo in the trunk. With 15.1 cu.-ft., cargo room is among the largest in the segment and generous enough to accommodate gear for a group of friends on a road trip or a growing family managing a busy schedule. Additional headroom results from increasing the overall height nearly a half inch to 56.7 inches, while the overall width has grown to 70.8 inches.

While the extra 0.7 inches of width may not be noticeable to the naked eye, the layout of the dashboard paints a picture of a wide interior space. Again drawing inspiration from the Stinger, a horizontal theme creates a sense of openness and avoids clutter with clean lines and minimal buttons that are intuitively placed below an 8-inch color touchscreen. Aeronautically inspired spoked circular vents adorn the dash and increased soft-touch points create a comfortable and visually appealing cabin. Drivers and passengers alike will appreciate easier ingress and egress, plus improved outward visibility.

Strong Foundation

Building upon an already solid structure that helped the current 2018 Forte sedan achieve an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus rating[ii], the all-new 2019 Forte strengthens its bones with additional hot-stamped components and 54 percent Advanced High-Strength Steel. Stronger seat frames are lightweight and provide a more comfortable seating position with increased lumbar support and denser seat foam for more pleasurable long-distance drives. The all-new Forte offers projection or full LED headlights and is targeted to receive the highest ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and IIHS.

Because body stiffness plays a major role in NVH performance, engineers worked to increase rigidity for a quieter cabin and better handling tuned to match the Forte's sporty and dynamic exterior appearance, resulting in a 16 percent stiffer body in white. New subframe designs help to improve lateral responsiveness, while steering feel is upgraded compared to its predecessor's thanks to enhancements within the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system that reduce artificial steering feel and friction. Reworked suspension geometry provides a quick and nimble behind-the-wheel feel and evolutionary improvements were made to throttle and brake feel performance, yielding a smoother initial response at tip-in and a shorter stopping distance than the previous model.

A More Efficient Powertrain

The all-new 2018 Honda Accord, the 10th generation of America's most popular car, has earned the prestigious 2018 North American Car of the Year award. Accord's win marks the third consecutive year that a Honda model has received top honors from the North American jury of automotive journalists, with the Honda Civic and Honda Ridgeline winning the car and truck awards in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

"Honda took a clean-sheet approach to reinventing America's most popular car, and we couldn't be prouder to receive this honor for Accord as the North American Car of the Year," said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division and general manager of Honda Sales, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We're especially proud for the production associates in Ohio where Accord has been built to the highest quality standards for over 35 years.1"

The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards honor excellence in innovation, design, safety features, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value. Initiated in 1994, they are judged by 60 professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who work for independent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and industry websites.

Completely redesigned from the ground-up, the all-new Accord features a lighter and more rigid body structure, an advanced new chassis design wrapped in a more sophisticated, sleek and athletic design with top class interior space and comfort. The drivetrain options include two all-new, high-torque VTEC® Turbo engines, the world's first 10-speed automatic transmission for a front-drive car and a new generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid technology. The Accord also includes a host of new safety, driver-assistive and connected-car technologies.

On Wednesday, Honda Canada Inc. (HCI) announced a 6% increase in combined annual sales for its Honda and Acura divisions in 2017, for a total of 197,251 units sold, setting a record annual sales record for a fourth consecutive year. The Honda Automotive Division set a sales record for 2017 for a fourth consecutive year in which 176,951 units were sold, an increase of 6% over last year. The Acura division has sold more than 20,000 units for the third year in a row, which represents sales stability compared to last year.

"Looking back at 2017, Honda Canada has many reasons to celebrate. With our flagship models, including the Civic and the CR-V, built in Canada and well established in their respective categories, we are well positioned to continue our success and our leadership status in retail sales in of the New Year, said Jean Marc Leclerc, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. As we work towards achieving our 2030 vision globally, more than half of all Honda vehicles to be launched in Canadaover the next two years will be electric. We are already starting strong with the recent launch of Clarity, Honda's first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in Canada , which is perfectly positioned as an uncompromising alternative fuel vehicle.

Last year, Acura's luxury RDX SUV served the brand's success story, boosting sales to over 20,000 units sold for the third year in a row. that he was in his last year of the product's life cycle. Representing Acura's largest new design for more than a decade, the all-new RDX will be launched later this year, signaling the beginning of a new era for Acura products, inspired by high-performance, precision-engineered vehicles.  " added Mr. Leclerc.

2017 Highlights at Honda Canada Inc.

HCI:

  • Honda Canada set an annual sales record in 2017 for a fourth consecutive year with 197,251 units sold, compared to the previous annual record of 186,676 units sold in 2016.
  • In 2017, HCI's annual sales increased for the sixth year in a row.

 

Honda:

  • The Honda brand had its best year ever in the company's history with 176,951 units sold, surpassing the last annual record in its history by more than 10,000 units.
  • The Honda Automotive Division recorded an increase in annual sales for the sixth year in a row.
  • The Honda Civic has become the best-selling passenger car in Canada for a 20 th consecutive year and has crossed the mark of two million units sold in Canada .
  • The Honda CR-V, whose sales have increased for the eighth consecutive year, had its best year to date with 50,443 units sold, surpassing the 50,000 mark for the first time in history. this model. The CR-V also exceeded 500,000 cumulative total sales in Canada in 2017.
  • Honda's HR-V set its second consecutive annual sales record with 14,149 units sold.
  • The Honda Pilot had a record year with the sale of 8,905 vehicles, exceeding the previous annual record of 8,230 units sold, set in 2015.

 

Acura:

  • The Acura brand has sales of more than 20,000 units for a third consecutive year.
  • The Acura RDX has enjoyed its best year yet with 8,101 units sold, compared to the previous record of 8,047 units sold in 2016, recording a sales increase for the sixth year in a row.

 

Honda
Honda Canada Inc. (HCI) was founded in 1969 and is the parent company of the Honda and Acura vehicle brands in Canada . The company has built more than eight million cars and light trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities, as well as engines at a third plant in Alliston , Ontario . Both manufacturing facilities are extremely versatile and currently build the Honda Civic and CR-V. Honda Canada has invested more than $ 4.7 billion in Canadaand buys nearly $ 2.1 billion worth of goods and services annually from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than four million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks to the country.

 

HONDA CANADA INC.

 

HONDA CANADA INC.

Dec 17

 

Dec 17

RETAIL SALES - CUMUL OF THE MONTH

 

RETAIL SALES - ANNUAL CUMULUM

                 

MODEL

2017

2016


% Change

 

Model

2017

2016


% Change

                 

FIT

333

1,184

-71.9%

 

FIT

5,019

8,622

-41.8%

CIVIC

2,095

3,164

-33.8%

 

CIVIC

69,030

64,552

6.9%

INSIGHT

0

0

-

 

INSIGHT

0

1

-100.0%

CR-Z

0

5

-100.0%

 

CR-Z

10

40

-75.0%

AGREEMENT

568

905

-37.2%

 

AGREEMENT

13,504

13,857

-2.5%

CLARITY

27

0

-

 

CLARITY

27

0

-

CROSSTOUR

0

0

-

 

CROSSTOUR

0

5

-100.0%

HR-V

809

1,240

-34.8%

 

HR-V

14,149

12,371

14.4%

CR-V

2,833

2,998

-5.5%

 

CR-V

50,443

44,789

12.6%

ODYSSEY

562

579

-2.9%

 

ODYSSEY

11,232

12,311

-8.8%

PILOT

635

606

4.8%

 

PILOT

8,905

7,279

22.3%

RIDGELINE

238

369

-35.5%

 

RIDGELINE

4,632

2,622

76.7%

HONDA Division

8,100

11,050

-26.7%

 

HONDA Division

176,951

166,449

6.3%

                 

ILX

121

187

-35.3%

 

ILX

2,047

2,459

-16.8%

TLX

326

307

6.2%

 

TLX

4,205

4,137

1.6%

RLX

9

12

-25.0%

 

RLX

59

107

-44.9%

RDX

715

601

19.0%

 

RDX

8,101

8,047

0.7%

MDX

435

405

7.4%

 

MDX

5,838

5,425

7.6%

ZDX

0

0

-

 

ZDX

1

2

-50.0%

NSX

0

4

-100.0%

 

NSX

49

50

-2.0%

ACURA Division

1,606

1,516

5.9%

 

ACURA Division

20,300

20,227

0.4%

                 

Honda Canada Inc.

9,706

12,566

-22.8%

 

Honda Canada Inc.

197 251

186,676

5.7%

 

SOURCE Honda Canada Inc.

Mazda Canada Inc. on Wednesday reported December sales of 4,685 vehicles, which represents a decrease of 0.8 percent versus December 2016. Sales for the full 2017 calendar year are 74,056, which is an increase of 7.0 percent compared to CY2016, and the best full-year sales since 2010.

Key December and CY2017 sales notes:

  • The CX-3 finished the year strong with a record December, increasing sales by 27.9 percent. This was also a record full year of sales for CX-3, up 16.9 percent over CY2016. CX-3 ended the year in the second place in the subcompact crossover segment with 15.7 percent of the segment share.
  • The CX-5 also increased sales for the full calendar year, which it has done every year since it was introduced in 2012.
  • Rounding out the crossovers, CX-9 also enjoyed a record December with a sales increase of 51.2 percent over December 2016. Full year sales are also the best ever, jumping up over CY2016 sales by 61.3 percent.
  • MX-5 posted the best full-year sales since 2008, and increased over CY2016 by 26.7 percent.
  • Mazda6 ended the year with a 9.0 percent gain in December, and was up 23.8 percent for the full year.
  • As crossover vehicle sales continue to dominate the market, Mazda's CX-line posted YOY sales growth, with CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9 collectively posting an increase of 7.7 percent in December. The three crossover vehicles finished the year up 9.1 percent, with a record 40,285 vehicles sold in CY2017.
  • With Canada now in the winter months, Mazda's i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive system – available as an option on all Mazda crossover SUVs – continues its popularity among crossover SUV buyers, with 84.2 percent of buyers choosing the option.

 

 

December

2017

December

2016

YOY

Change

YTD

 2017

YTD

2016

YOY

Change

Mazda2

0

0

-

0

27

-100.0%

Mazda3

1,591

1,822

-12.7%

27,862

27,689

0.6%

Mazda5

116

136

-14.7%

2,224

1,617

37.5%

Mazda6

169

155

9.0%

2,541

2,053

23.8%

MX-5

13

13

0.0%

1,144

903

26.7%

Passenger Car

1,889

2,126

-11.1%

33,771

32,289

4.6%

CX-3

783

612

27.9%

10,938

9,354

16.9%

CX-5

1,709

1,783

-4.2%

25,404

25,123

1.1%

CX-9

304

201

51.2%

3,943

2,444

61.3%

Light Truck

2,796

2,596

7.7%

40,285

36,921

9.1%

MAZDA TOTAL

4,685

4,722

-0.8%

74,056

69,210

7.0%

Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

2018 Toyota Camry , sensible family sedan

Ever since it arrived for 1983 as the first ever transverse-engine, front-wheel-drive Toyota, the Camry has been a sane, sensible family sedan. Over six succeeding generations, the Camry executed that mission so well that it became America’s best-selling passenger car—but also among its most boring. Now, however, company boss Akio Toyoda wants to banish boring, which means big changes for the brand’s big seller. The effort got off to a tentative start with a more-extensive-than-usual mid-cycle update for 2015 but reaches full flower with the all-new eighth-generation car. This Camry really wants to party.


HIGHS
More muscular engines, toned chassis, extroverted styling.


LOWS
Higher prices, still no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, styling maybe too extroverted?



To start, there’s the styling. In its family-sedan segment, it’s the equivalent of a purple mohawk. The new car is longer, lower, and (fractionally) wider, giving it a slightly lower-slung profile. Up front there’s an angry-looking visage marked by a pinched upper grille and a gaping lower maw. The bottom edge of the fascia flares outward, as do the rocker panels; the shoulder line kicks up behind the rear doors; and a crease slashes across the C-pillar and extends back to the decklid spoiler. SE and XSE models have their own, even busier front and rear styling, plus additional sculpting on the rockers and a rear bumper that emulates a diffuser. XSE versions offer a black roof. One can argue whether the new Camry’s styling looks better, but there is no question that there’s more of it.

Subaru of America, Inc. announced on Friday that the 2018 Crosstrek and WRX, when equipped with optional EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, received the 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK award and when equipped with both EyeSight and LED Steering Responsive Headlights, received the 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2018 Crosstrek and WRX received the 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK award by achieving the highest possible rating of "Good" in the IIHS crashworthiness evaluations of front small overlap, front moderate overlap, side impact, roof crush, and rear impact as well as EyeSight receiving a "Superior" rating in the Institute's front crash prevention testing. The Crosstrek is an IIHS Top Safety Pick for six years running (2012-2017) and WRX for three years running (2015-2017).

Now all 2018 Subaru models with EyeSight and LED Steering Responsive Headlights received the highest possible 2017 safety rating from IIHS. The Crosstrek and WRX join Forester, Impreza, Legacy and Outback with this prestigious honor.

"Subaru is committed to developing the highest safety standards for our vehicles," said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc., "and receiving the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award for all our 2018 models equipped with EyeSight and LED Steering Responsive Headlights proves this commitment to our customers."

The all-new 2018 Crosstrek combines a bold new design with a new and highly capable chassis for versatility in both off-road and city driving with a starting price of $21,795.

The rally-bred WRX is powered by a 268 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine and has a starting price of $26,995.

 

Both vehicles received the Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and LED Steering Responsive Headlights
Both vehicles received the Top Safety Pick award and a 'Superior' rating in front crash prevention when equipped with EyeSight
Crosstrek is an IIHS Top Safety Pick for six years running
WRX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick for three years running

Cherished steam engine Loco #5 has returned to service with Snowdon Mountain Railway, carrying passengers to the mountain’s summit for the first time in 17 years.

Loco #5 is now the railway’s premier locomotive, following a comprehensive £60,000 refit and refurbishment of the engine.

This historic locomotive, named ‘Moel Siabod’ after another of Snowdonia’s peaks, first came into service in 1896.

Manufactured by the Swiss Locomotive & Manufacturing Co of Winterthur, these steam engines originally cost the railway around £1,500 to buy.

Alan Kendall, general manager of Snowdon Mountain Railway, said: “I’m extremely pleased to have Loco #5 back in service and taking passengers up Snowdon once again.

“Our engineers assure me it is the best presented locomotive on our railway and the benchmark for all future locomotive re-builds.”

The return of Loco #5 takes Snowdon Mountain Railway’s tally of coal-fired steam engines in service to four, alongside four diesel locomotives.

Carrie Probin, marketing executive at Snowdon Mountain Railway, said: “Loco #5 has been given a thorough overhaul and our engineers are proud to see the steam engine restored to its prime and returning to the summit of Wales’ highest mountain.”

Caterpillar Inc. on Thursday announced three vice presidents, Paolo Fellin, Greg Folley and George Taylor, have elected to retire. In connection with these retirements and the company's previously announced plan to review and update its strategy, Caterpillar is also announcing organizational changes, appointing two new vice presidents and launching a search for a third.

Paolo Fellin Retirement
After 37 years of service to the company, Paolo Fellin, Caterpillar vice president of the Global Construction & Infrastructure (GCI) Division, has elected to retire.

"Over his long career, Paolo has built an unrivaled reputation for his passion and devotion to finding solutions for our customers," said Jim Umpleby, Caterpillar CEO. "His leadership has played a critical role as Caterpillar has improved its market position for worldwide machine sales in the last several years."    

Fellin joined Caterpillar in 1980 in Geneva, Switzerland. Over the next several years, Fellin held a series of sales and marketing positions throughout Europe, Africa & Middle East (EAME). In 1992, Fellin moved to products and operations becoming product manager for small excavators (France). In 1996, he was named product manager for wheel loaders (Belgium). In 2003, Fellin was appointed industry manager for Caterpillar's North American Commercial Division (NACD). In 2004, the Caterpillar board of directors named him vice president of EAME, including CIS, Marketing Division, and in 2009, he was named vice president of EAME Distribution Services. In 2013, Fellin became vice president for GCI. His retirement is effective August 1, 2017.

Greg Folley Retirement
After 22 years of service to the company, and 11 years of practicing law prior to joining Caterpillar, Greg Folley, Caterpillar vice president of the Industry Solutions, Components & Distribution Division (ISCD), has elected to retire.

"Greg began his career with Caterpillar in the Human Services Division, and while he's held a range of leadership and executive positions focused on remanufacturing, component production and distribution during his career, his focus on people along with his positive attitude and leadership style are the hallmarks of his career," Umpleby said.  

Following an 11-year career outside of Caterpillar, Folley joined Caterpillar in 1995, and held numerous positions in the Human Services Division, including senior labor relations consultant, human resources manager, corporate labor relations manager, U.K. HR Shared Services director and director of Compensation + Benefits. In 2008, the Caterpillar board of directors named Folley vice president of the Core Components Division. He then served as the chief HR officer from 2009-11, and as vice president of the Remanufacturing, Components & Work Tools Division from 2011-15. In 2016, Folley was named vice president of ISCD. His retirement is effective August 1, 2017.

George Taylor Retirement
After 19 years of service to the company, and with more than 15 years of business experience prior to joining Caterpillar, George Taylor, vice president of the Marketing & Digital Division, has elected to retire.

"George has played a significant role in leading Caterpillar's initiatives utilizing data analytics, innovation, digital channels and techniques to unlock competitive advantages for our customers," Umpleby said. "George has laid a solid groundwork in this area as Caterpillar continues to develop digital solutions and products for our customers."

Taylor joined Caterpillar in 1998 as a strategic business planning services manager. Taylor held numerous marketing, product support and general management positions before he was named the director and general manager of the global on-highway truck group in 2006. In 2015, the Caterpillar board of directors appointed Taylor as vice president of the Customer Services Support Division, and, later, as vice president of the Marketing & Digital Division.

Before joining Caterpillar, Taylor had extensive external experience with IBM. He began in 1984 as a systems engineer and held several managerial positions before becoming a client executive in 1994. Taylor's retirement is effective August 1, 2017.

New Divisions Created in Connection to Updated Corporate Strategy
Following the above announced retirements, and taking into account the company's previously announced plan to review and update its strategy with the establishment of a Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), Caterpillar is also announcing organizational changes that will result in the creation of two new divisions. The company is forming these new divisions to drive greater efficiencies and effectiveness in support of its customers.

Chris Snodgrass Appointed Vice President of Product Support & Logistics Division
Caterpillar's board of directors has appointed Chris Snodgrass, currently general manager for Caterpillar's Industrial Power Systems Division (IPSD), to the position of vice president of the newly created Product Support & Logistics Division (PSLD). This division will combine groups currently located in other Caterpillar divisions to drive collaboration and implement strategic initiatives under the leadership of Snodgrass. PSLD will include design and manufacturing of wear and maintenance component products, as well as support of prime product and parts distribution, inbound and outbound logistics, warehousing functions, and packaging and container management.  

Snodgrass joined Caterpillar in 2013 following a successful 20-year career that included senior and executive leadership positions with commercial vehicle and industrial components manufacturer Meritor, and with Daimler AG, including roles in the Mercedes Benz truck division in Europe, Freightliner Trucks in North America, and with engine manufacturer Detroit Diesel Corporation.  

"Since joining Caterpillar, Chris has quickly demonstrated an ability to deliver results; as general manager for IPSD, he's played a significant role reducing material costs and driven substantial process improvements and results for the division's sales and marketing functions," Umpleby said. "His significant outside experience and perspective combined with his sharp focus on customers make him ideally suited for this role."       

Snodgrass has a bachelor's degree in management and organizational leadership from Concordia University. He will report to Rob Charter, group president of Customer & Dealer Support. Snodgrass will assume his new duties effective July 1, 2017.

Caterpillar Announces New Digital Enabled Solutions Division and Search for a Digital Vice President
The newly created Digital Enabled Solutions Division will bring together the company's data analytics group, the enterprise data hub, equipment management tools, Cat® Connect technologies and customer experience portals.

"We recognize the need to bring these groups into an organization that will bring enhanced focus and strategic alignment to the existing and yet-to-be developed digital enablers for our products and customers," Umpleby said.

Caterpillar will immediately begin an external search for an executive to lead the new division, which will report to Charter. In addition, as part of the reorganization, Caterpillar's marketing and brand organization will become part of the existing Global Aftermarket Solutions Division led by Vice President Nigel Lewis.

Damien Giraud Appointed Vice President of Global Construction & Infrastructure Division
Caterpillar's board of directors has appointed Damien Giraud, currently worldwide product manager for Caterpillar's large excavators, as the vice president of GCI.

Giraud joined Caterpillar in 1998, following a seven-year career with Colas Group, a French civil engineering and construction firm. During his nearly 20 years with Caterpillar, Giraud has held a number of marketing and product management roles with an increasing level of responsibility. A native of France who speaks four languages, Giraud has worked in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.

"Damien brings an exceptional focus on our customers to this position," Umpleby said. "That customer focus combined with his global work experience, deep industry knowledge and his strong and transparent communication skills make him ideally suited for this position."  

Giraud has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Ecole Des Mines, Saint Etienne, France and a master's degree from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. Giraud will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and will assume his new duties effective August 1, 2017.

Demers Ambulance, a North American leader in ambulance manufacturing, has announced the selection of its 2016 Ford Transit Type II Ambulance as a Hot Product from the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) EMS on Wednesday Conference & Exposition, which was held February 23-25 in Salt Lake City.

Demers Ford Transit Ambulance was selected after a team of judges consisting of emergency medical services (EMS) product specialists, physicians, educators, managers and paramedics reviewed a host of products designed to not only improve the ability to deliver optimal emergency medical care to critically ill and injured patients, but that also allow EMS agencies to do it safely, more efficiently and with enhanced comfort for the patient. Products were rated on four distinct categories: originality, functionality, ease of use and need in the EMS setting.

Only 30 innovative products received the JEMS Hot Product award. The selection of the final 30 Hot Products appears in the June issue of JEMS and can also be viewed at www.jems.com/2017-hot-products.

"The Demers Ford Transit is the next wave in transportation vehicles for agencies that have relied on Type II vans for many years," said A.J. Heightman, JEMS Editor-in-Chief. "The size of the vehicle and its capabilities appear to be just right for the industry. Mixing that with primary basic life support and some smaller advanced life support needs seems to be an ideal package."

Unveiled in 2016, Demers Ford Transit Type II Ambulance features an aerodynamic roof to maximize lighting, save fuel and reduce noise; strong aluminum cabinetry with adjustable shelves; ducted five-vent ceiling HVAC system for improved heating and cooling; and maximized cargo capacity to increase storage, equipment and occupant room. "We are proud of our Transit Ambulance and its potential to support the first responder community," said Benoit Lafortune, Demers Ambulances executive vice president. "We are honored to receive this prestigious acknowledgement from JEMS as it shows we are providing a needed industry solution."

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