OAK PARK, MI, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD, LSE:
ADC & OTCQX: AZDDF) - ("Azure" or the "Company"), a leading developer of
hybrid electric and electric powertrains for commercial vehicles, announced
today it has signed Sales & Service agreements with two additional Ford
dealerships: Northside Ford in San Antonio, TX and Carmenita Ford in Los
"These additional dealerships are exceptionally well-suited to represent
Azure. They boast deep roots in the markets they serve, together with long
standing relationships with customers in the local, state and federal
government," said Jay Sandler, Azure Dynamics' Vice President of Sales.
"Moreover, as we continue to grow our dealer business, we have been
seeking an experienced sales executive to support our team and provide
strategic counsel and we've found that with Ray Crews," continued Sandler.
Ray Crews, a former Ford Motor Company Commercial Fleet Sales Manager,
will be assisting the Azure sales team in its effort to enroll Ford
dealerships in key markets across the United States. Crews retired from Ford
in 1999 as the Commercial Fleet Truck Sales Manager for North American Fleet
Operations. Prior to that, he served as the National Fleet Sales Manager for
the Ford Heavy Truck Division.
The new dealership agreements are part of Azure's effort to enlist
approximately 50 dealers over the next year in major metro markets in the
United States and Canada to broaden its distribution network for its
Balance(TM) Hybrid Electric Vehicle. The dealerships will maintain inventory
of ready to deliver Cube Vans and Walk-in Vans equipped with Azure's
Balance(TM) Hybrid Electric powertrains. These two newly signed dealerships
are located in the high volume markets of San Antonio and Los Angeles.
The Balance(TM) Hybrid Electric system is integrated on Ford's E450
Cutaway and Strip Chassis drive system utilizes a conventional 5.4 liter
Triton gasoline engine and the 5-speed automatic TorqShift transmission. The
hybrid powertrain features electric-launch assist, engine-off at idle and at
below 20 miles per hour, while electronically supporting key ancillary
functions like air conditioning, power steering and braking. The powertrain
can improve fuel economy by up to 40%, while reducing carbon emission by up to
30% in city conditions.
For more information about Azure Dynamics and its family of hybrid
electric and electric commercial vehicles, please visit www.azuredynamics.com.
About Azure Dynamics
Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD) (LSE: ADC) (OTCQX: AZDDF) is a
world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric
components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles. Azure is
strategically targeting the commercial delivery vehicle and shuttle bus
markets and is currently working internationally with various partners and
customers. The Company is committed to providing customers and partners with
innovative, cost-efficient, and environmentally-friendly energy management
solutions. For more information please visit www.azuredynamics.com.
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