Ford is investigating its US emissionscertification process

first_img Post a comment Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ford Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts 2019 Ford Ranger: It’s got the look More From Roadshow Fordcenter_img Tags More about 2019 Ford Ranger Car Industry Enlarge ImageFord is looking into the way it tests fuel economy for new vehicles, starting with the 2019 Ranger. Emme Hall/Roadshow Ford announced Thursday that it has opened an investigation into its process for certifying vehicles for US fuel-economy and emissions tests. Ford stresses that the investigation is not about the existence of “defeat devices,” as was the case in VW’s Dieselgate scandal. Rather, the automaker is looking into its road-load calculations.Road-load calculations are used for evaluating a vehicle’s rolling resistance and thus for configuring dynamometers used to test for fuel economy and emissions. Engineers can check the mathematical models used to create the road-load figures with coast-down tests, which involve checking how far and for how long a vehicle continues to coast in neutral.Ford does not believe thus far that any testing errors caused errors in terms of fuel-economy figures. “There’s been no determination that this affects Ford’s fuel economy labels or emissions certifications,” the company said in a statement.Ford opened the investigation after “a handful of employees” reported concerns about the tests in September. The automaker says it has hired an outside firm to investigate its road-load testing, as well as a lab that will conduct more coast-down tests. Moreover, the company is looking into “potential changes to our road-load modeling process.” Ford also voluntarily shared information on its investigation with the EPA and the California Air Resources Board.Ford is starting its review by evaluating how it tested the 2019 Ford Ranger, and says that it is also assessing some of its other vehicles.There’s some recent precedent for this type of investigation. In 2014, Hyundai and Kia paid a $100 million civil fine because they had miscalculated road-load data for as many as 1 million vehicles, resulting in incorrect fuel-economy ratings. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 36 Photos Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ 0last_img read more

Long weeks of runway repairs short fuses at Pearson

first_imgTags: Toronto Pearson Airport TORONTO — Seven weeks of runway construction at Toronto’s Pearson Airport wrap up May 16 but it could be a long last few days ahead as airline delays, cancellations and long lineups continue and passenger frustration mounts.WestJet’s Executive VP, Operations Cam Kenyon issued a statement letting passengers know they weren’t alone in their frustration. “I want to personally apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced during this construction event,” he said. “We aim to create a remarkable experience with every flight, and for every guest who flies with WestJet. Unfortunately, recent experiences for some of our guests travelling in and out of Toronto Pearson have been somewhat short of remarkable.”Kenyon noted that the repair project, upgrading Pearson runway 05/23, is on schedule to be completed by May 16, after which service will be back to normal. “We are working to make things better, and as always our commitment is to improve and to continue to offer all our guests a remarkable experience,” he said.WestJet says the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) initially communicated to all airlines that they expected minimal impact on schedules, dependent of course on weather, during the construction period. “Therefore, at the outset of this project no reductions in capacity (arrivals and departures) were planned by the GTAA or Nav Canada and air carriers operating in and out of YYZ did not significantly adjust their schedules to reduce capacity,” says the airline.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsAs it turned out, unfavourable weather, high demand in peak periods and Nav Canada’s adjustment to optimum runway configurations for the construction meant YYZ operations were significantly impacted over the last couple of weeks.A statement from GTAA President and CEO Howard Eng noted that travellers “may have experienced some inconvenience in the form of travel delays or increased aircraft noise in recent weeks as a result of major repair work … if you were affected by this work, we apologize.”Runway 05/23 is Pearson’s busiest runway, said Eng. The last major reconstruction of 05/23 was performed 12 years ago, in 2005.Planned work originally necessitated two closures of this runway, one in April-May 2017 and a second closure in the fall of 2017. Toronto Pearson has expedited its rehabilitation work so that the runway can be returned to service on May 16 at 6 p.m.“For more than a year the GTAA, the airline community and our air navigation service provider, Nav Canada, have worked collaboratively to carefully plan this rehabilitation work. Regrettably, weather conditions this April were unseasonable, and this, combined with a number of other factors that affect airport operations, means that certain flights operating to and from Toronto Pearson were delayed.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaA report from the Toronto Star says the runway repair project has caused more than 1,000 flight cancellations and delays, impacting every one of the more than 65 airlines flying out of Pearson. There are now questions about who is financially responsible for compensating passengers forced to book hotels nights or other inconveniences as a result of the delays and cancellations. Travelweek Group Posted by Sharecenter_img Long weeks of runway repairs, short fuses at Pearson << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, May 9, 2017 last_img read more

TravelBound is migrating to Bedsonline branding booking platform

first_img ORLANDO — FIT specialist TravelBound is rebranding under the Bedsonline name and shifting over to the Bedsonline booking platform.TravelBound, the retail brand of GTA, has been under the umbrella of bed bank wholesaler Hotelbeds, which owns Bedsonline, ever since Hotelbeds bought GTA last summer. The deal also included U.S.-based Tourico Holidays.TravelBound exclusively serves the travel community in North America and the new branding will include an enhanced offering to travel advisors, says the company.“Following the integration of GTA and Tourico Holidays into its parent Group, TravelBound customers are now able to benefit from an exclusive and significantly enhanced product portfolio of hotels, a significant proportion of which are directly contracted, enhanced commercials for agents with standardization of commission structure, and a platform specifically designed to drive growth in the highly competitive travel retail space.”As part of the change to the Bedsonline brand, a migration plan will begin shortly to educate TravelBound clients about the benefits of moving onto Bedsonline’s booking platform.The newly enhanced Bedsonline platform, powered by TravelBound, now offers travel advisors globally the following benefits:Diverse and competitive product portfolio: Over 170,000 hotels globally available (with over 90,000 of those directly sourced, making the content both unique and competitively priced, and with better filters to navigate the inventory online), 24,000 transfer routes and 18,000 activities.Powerful and user-friendly technology: Best-in-class search engine designed specifically for the needs of travel advisors allows users to filter and compare results in a flexible and practical way, including intuitive email, enhanced vouchers and PDF functions.70% of existing customers cite the platform as a top factor in choosing the service. Bedsonline’s parent Group is the only distributor to operate its own cloud-based, open source data centre and handles up to 1.5 billion searches per day.Local knowledge combined with a global offering:  increased sales team support to front line offices across North America with industry know-how ready to take care of all the needs of customers.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe newly revised customer offering will be accompanied by a global brand refresh for Bedsonline that will include a new logo and brand identity.Additionally, the sales team will kick off a campaign to introduce customers – both existing Bedsonline customers and those moving over from TravelBound – to this newly revised offering through sales meetings, presentations, and webinars, details of which will be published soon.TravelBound customers will have sufficient time to transition at their own pace and both workshops and technical support will be on hand to support a seamless migration.James Phillips, Director, Retail Travel Agents AMPAC at Hotelbeds Group, says: “We anticipate that by the end of the year, we’ll have most of the integration work completed on the Bedsonline platform so that customers may experience the fully integrated product. The platform comes with a number of benefits: intuitive search and filtering functionality, an increased amount of content, and will solve the voucher issues we have heard over the years.”He added: “Additionally, we’re standardizing our commission structure on the Bedsonline platform, offering our partners true earning opportunities as opposed to the tiered approach that existed before. Just as important, our customers will have richer sales support in large part due to the opportunities the integration has offered.”Tommy Ryder, Head of Sales, Regional Manager, Bedsonline | TravelBound, adds: “We remain 100% committed to the travel advisor community. We have focused our efforts on retaining much of what is loved from TravelBound and combining that with Bedsonline’s world-class technology. Our travel partners can expect an increased focus on training and education efforts, in person and virtually, as we help them navigate the tools that will help do what they do best – sell travel.” Travelweek Group Tags: Bedsonline, Travelbound Posted by TravelBound is migrating to Bedsonline branding, booking platformcenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, November 9, 2018 last_img read more

The BBC is reportedly planning to scrap its existi

first_imgThe BBC is reportedly planning to scrap its existing channel-based structure, replacing it with content and audience-led divisions.According to a Telegraph report, the BBC is planning to abolish its radio and television divisions, as part of a radical overhaul for the business that will be revealed by director general Tony Hall in the coming months.The report claims that while the BBC’s TV and radio channels will remain on-air, the new structure will help the BBC keep pace with technological developments and the blurring between traditional and online media.It also said that the BBC will not replace BBC director of television Danny Cohen, who left the corporation for a “new leadership challenge” late last year.The news comes in the same week that the BBC switches off the linear feed of the BBC’s youth channel, BBC Three. Yesterday marked the last evening of linear broadcast, with the BBC  taking it online-only as part of a plan to reinvent the BBC’s offering for young people.Separately, the Radio Times reported at the weekend that senior BBC strategist are considering merging BBC Three and Radio 1, and appointing a single ‘youth controller’ to oversee all platforms aimed at 16-34 year olds.A BBC spokesperson said: “Everyone knows we are looking at the BBC’s structure to make sure we are fit for the digital age- there has already been a lot of speculation about our future shape and there will no doubt be plenty more, but when we’ve got something to announce we’ll do so”.last_img read more