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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:46:00 PST

The proposed legislation would prohibit rental car companies from leaving visible barcodes and advertisements on vehicles, which supposedly attract thieves. But is the cure worse than the disease?


Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:02:00 PST

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. will host a live webcast discussion of its 2017 first quarter financial results on May 9.


Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:44:00 PST

Through this pilot program, Uber drivers can rent vehicles through Getaround’s peer-to-peer carsharing platform. It’s a flat fee of $5 per hour.


Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:39:00 PST

Franchise Services of North America Inc. (FSNA), franchisors of the U-Save Car & Truck Rental brand, has announced that U-Save has opened two offices in the U.S. (Fulton, Mo., and Ogdensburg, N.Y) and two locations in Budapest, Hungary.


Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:21:00 PST

Getaround Inc., a peer-to-peer carsharing platform, has raised $45M in new capital. With this capital, it plans to expand to additional North American markets.


Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:42:00 PST

CarHopper, a car rental booking platform, has started operating in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale. Now focusing on luxury car rentals, CarHopper has raised $1.5 million in seed funding.


Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:26:00 PST

Mex Rent A Car has opened an affiliate location at Iceland's Keflavik International Airport.


Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:04:00 PST

Hyundai will offer its 2017 Ioniq Electric compact sedan as part of a subscription program in California that allows users to drive the car for at least $275 per month plus tax for 36 months without mileage penalties.


Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:58:00 PST

While the high-profile bankruptcy of Atlas Choice has left many car rental companies wary of working with brokers, rental companies can take steps to protect themselves and ensure a productive relationship.


Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:33:00 PST

In March, prices were down 2.5% year-over-year for current and one-model-year-old units and down 2.6% for three-model-year-old units, according to ADESA. Overall, wholesale used prices were up 2% compared to February and up 1% year-over-year.


Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:05:00 PST

The new program provides corporate customers worldwide with the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprints associated with their vehicle rentals through the purchase of carbon offsets.


Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:58:00 PST

According to a University of Colorado study, about 34% of people would have taken transit, biked, or walked if they hadn’t used ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft. Passengers in Denver, Boulder, and various nearby suburbs were surveyed for four months.


Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:51:00 PST

AAA Northern California, Nevada, and Utah is starting Gig Car Share in Oakland and Berkeley. It will be the Bay Area’s only one-way carsharing service.


Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:44:00 PST

National Car Rental has announced a new sponsorship agreement designating National as the Official Car Rental Partner of the Boston Red Sox through 2021.


Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:30:00 PST

With its partner Travelcar, PSA Group’s mobility brand Free2Move has launched its first U.S. carsharing service at Los Angeles International Airport. It plans to expand to other U.S. cities.


Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:12:00 PST

High vehicle demand delivered strong showings across nearly all vehicle segments in the past week, according to Black Book’s April 17 Market Insights report.


Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:30:00 PST

This partnership will allow individuals to purchase the all-electric Mahindra e2oPlus on Zoomcar’s platform, list the vehicle for rental when not in use, and earn cash to help offset the monthly ownership costs.


Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:57:00 PST

After a two-month suspension, Uber will have to partner with licensed rental car companies in order to resume its ride-hailing services in Taipei.


Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:22:00 PST

Budget Car Rental has been named the gold winner in the car rental category of the 2017 Reader's Digest Quality Service Award.


Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:34:00 PST

Avis Budget Group Inc. plans to report its first quarter 2017 results after market close on Wednesday May 3.


Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:12:00 PST

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Germany has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire CARO Autovermietung GmbH. The combined business will have more than 200 locations and a fleet of appoximately 17,000 vehicles.


Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:01:00 PST

With Rentalcars Connect's platform, Finnair customers will have access to a range of ground transportation options, including car rentals, taxis, executive transfers, buses, and trains.


Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:09:00 PST

Avis Budget Group Inc. has announced the completion of a transaction that will allow the company to operate the Budget brand in Poland directly and to expand its presence in the Polish market.


Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:25:00 PST

Rhodium Car Rental will expand in Iceland with its second location planning to open in Reikjavik at the end of the month.


Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:15:00 PST

Mex Rent A Car has launched in Guatemala with a location at La Aurora International Airport.


Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:16:00 PST

Featuring seminars, the exhibit hall, and attendees, photo galleries from the 2017 International Car Rental Show are now live. Speaker presentations are also available online.


Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:58:00 PST

A proposed class-action lawsuit claims the ride-hailing app manipulates the navigation data that calculates the fare amount for its users as well as the amount reported and paid to its drivers.


Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:53:00 PST

Using Rent Centric’s app-based, self-service carsharing platform, the Hertz licensee on the Caribbean island of St. Barts allows customers to access the rental vehicles through an app.


Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:34:00 PST

Allied Rent A Car has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer at its Long Beach location. The rental company will offer U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, support rental items, and in-store pick-up for boxes.


Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:07:00 PST

For the 18th consecutive year, Avis Car Rental has been ranked the No. 1 car rental company in the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index.


Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:08:00 PST

Getaround, a peer-to-peer carsharing platform, has announced its expansion into the Tri-State New Jersey area.


Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:50:00 PST

car2go NA’s carsharing service has pledged support for "Vision Zero," a road safety initiative supported by cities around the world with the goal of eliminating road fatalities and serious injuries.


Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:44:00 PST

Zimride, a ridesharing and carpooling network in North America, will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation for every new member or new ride posted in April — up to $10,000.


Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:37:00 PST

Through June 30, Avis customers who rent a vehicle for at least two consecutive days will receive a promotional code for $25 toward a tee time through GolfNow.


Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:57:00 PST

While wholesale used-vehicle prices declined by 0.5% in March, the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index — a measure of wholesale prices adjusted for mix, mileage and season — came to a reading of 124.1. This is an increase of 1.3% from a year ago.


Fri, 7 Apr 2017 11:27:00 PST

Maven members in Baltimore can now reserve the carsharing vehicles hourly or daily at 20 locations throughout the city.


Fri, 7 Apr 2017 10:07:00 PST

The recall, expected to get under way May 19, covers 572,000 vehicles in the 2013 and 2014 model years.


Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:30:00 PST

This year's International Car Rental Show featured an opening keynote panel session looking at the future of car rental and mobility, a general session focused on how ACRA can communicate on a state and federal level, a closing session that shared tips from the hospitality industry that ca

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:28:00 PST

The International Car Rental Show provided many opportunities for networking, including networking breaks between sessions, an international meet and greet, lunches in the exhibit hall, an opening reception, and a closing reception. Photos by Steve Reed and Amy Winter-Hercher.


Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:20:00 PST

At Bally's Hotel & Casino, this year's extended exhibit hall featured vendors offering various services and products for the car rental industry. Attendees had several opportunities during Tuesday and Wednesday to interact with the suppliers/vendors. Photos by Steve Reed.


Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:23:00 PST

March airport quotes continued to drop for the fourth consecutive month, with the quote down $6.42 from last March. All regions but the Midwest were down, with the Northwest down $13.24 — the biggest decrease in the five regions.


Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:12:00 PST

The International Car Rental Show (ICRS) live-streamed a portion of the event and it’s now available to access on the Auto Rental News’ Facebook page.


Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:07:00 PST

Under the arrangement, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland has bought the car rental business of the Dan Dooley Group. This includes a fleet of more than 1,400 vehicles.


Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PST

President Trump is proposing six weeks of paid maternity leave for women whose companies don’t offer paid time off. It's time for car rental operators to understand this plan's impact on their companies.


Mon, 3 Apr 2017 17:26:00 PST

Sales of vehicles to commercial, daily rental, and government fleets declined 13.1% to 279,063 in March and remain negative for the first quarter in the three segments, according to Automotive Fleet data and the Detroit Three.


Mon, 3 Apr 2017 16:18:00 PST

Advantage Rent-A-Car and ACE Rent A Car delivered the best customer experience in the rental cars & transport industry, according to the 2017 Temkin Experience Ratings.


Mon, 3 Apr 2017 16:10:00 PST

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved final consent orders with CarMax, Asbury Automotive Group, and West-Herr Automotive Group, settling charges that they touted how rigorously they inspect their used cars, yet failed to adequately disclose that some of the cars were subject to unrepaired

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 16:01:00 PST

Through May 31, National Car Rental is offering the 2017 BMW X3 to executive and executive elite members of its Emerald Club loyalty program.


Mon, 3 Apr 2017 14:10:00 PST

Designed as an exclusive multimodal platform, the new station reflects Europcar’s ambition to become a global mobility solutions leader. The location is equipped with digital kiosks.


Mon, 3 Apr 2017 11:09:00 PST

Sixt has extended its partnership with Lufthansa, a German-based airline. As part of this collaboration, Sixt will offer added value to flight passengers as the car rental partner to Lufthansa.


Mon, 3 Apr 2017 09:50:00 PST

With this deal, Kaligo Travel Solutions incorporates CarTrawler’s car rental booking capabilities into its TravelEdge accrual and redemption suite via integration of CarTrawler's ancillary revenue platform.


Mon, 3 Apr 2017 09:43:00 PST

Thrifty Car Rental has been named as the official car rental supplier of Australia’s Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Thrifty will provide close to 1,400 vehicles.


Mon, 3 Apr 2017 09:37:00 PST

South Korea-based Lotte Rent-a-Car has partnered with GM Korea to add Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles to its rental fleet.


Mon, 3 Apr 2017 09:33:00 PST

Sixt has added three new franchise locations in Portugal in downtown Lisbon, Funchal on the island of Madeira, and in Porto. Up until now, Sixt had only been present at the Lisbon Airport.


Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PST

Alamo announces an investment in the creation of a new self-vacationing fleet— self-driving rental vehicles that will plan, navigate, and drive during the customized vacation. These fully automated, self-driving vehicles will be piloted this summer in Orlando and San Diego.


Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:34:00 PST

This year’s International Car Rental Show (ICRS) opened the door to new business models facing transportation today — yet adapting to these new technologies is not the first key to survival.


Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:13:00 PST

Michael DeLorenzo, executive vice president of International Franchise Systems, which owns the NextCar, Priceless, and Rent-A-Wreck brands, received the inaugural Auto Rental News Impact Award for outstanding service to the auto rental industry.


Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:34:00 PST

The Audi board today announced it intends to acquire Silvercar Inc., a shared mobility company that offers car rental services, to expand its digital mobility solutions and services.


Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:18:00 PST

Tom Webb will retire as Cox Automotive's chief economist after a more-than-four-decade career, where he became a leading voice about the economic health of the automotive industry.


Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:45:00 PST

Designed for the car rental industry worldwide, the 22nd annual International Car Rental Show has focused on the big topic of mobility and technology. The conference started on Monday March 27 and runs through this evening.


Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:13:00 PST

Both cars and trucks realized a healthy seasonal boost to wholesale performance last week, according to Black Book’s March 27 Market Insights report. Depreciation among light trucks was at one of the lowest levels seen all year, and the overall car segment actually saw wholesale values appreciate.


Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:12:00 PST

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and the City of Yokohama introduced a round-trip car sharing service on March 20, 2017, featuring the Nissan New Mobility Concept, an ultra-compact electric vehicle.


Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:45:00 PST

The ride-hailing company has suspended its autonomous test fleet operations while investigating the collision.


Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:47:00 PST

Mex Rent A Car has officially partnered with Rentcars.com, a car rental price comparison site based in Latin America.


Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:27:00 PST

Autoclick Rent-A-Car has expanded and now offers its vehicle rental services at 25 airports throughout Europe.


Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:31:00 PST

Enterprise Holdings has upgraded to a corporate member of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS). Enterprise has held a company membership with SCRS since 2013.


Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:24:00 PST

Rate Pros, a provider for rental rate management, analysis and pricing programs in the travel industry, has appointed Shona Nabity as president.


Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:19:00 PST

CarShare Vermont’s carsharing pilot will end after operating for two years in Montpelier.


Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:09:00 PST

BMW's ReachNow has expanded its carsharing service’s home area in Portland, Ore.


Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:26:00 PST

Fox Rent A Car has acquired a carsharing platform developed by JustShareIt (JSI). Currently, the carsharing service will only be available at Los Angeles International Airport but will expand to other Fox corporate locations within a few months.


Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:53:00 PST

Automakers recalled a record 53.2 million vehicles last year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2015, 51.2 million vehicles were affected by recalls.


Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:56:00 PST

car2go has announced that its carsharing fleet in Columbus will now feature the latest version of the smart model as well as new car2go technology.


Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:47:00 PST

InspectionNotes from Automobile Technologies enables rental agents to perform mobile vehicle inspections by taking photos and documenting any damage on a mobile phone or tablet.


Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:04:00 PST

Full-size cars, sporty cars, and compact vans were the only vehicle segments that saw their average wholesale values increase in value last week, according to Black Book’s March 20 Market Insights report.


Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:41:00 PST

National Car Rental’s frequent renter program Emerald Club celebrated its 30th year on St. Patrick’s Day. Through the end of March, National fans have a chance to win a gift card by tweeting their favorite Emerald Club benefit.


Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:24:00 PST

February provided "further concrete evidence of softening" of used vehicle prices during a month that usually shows improvement from January, ADESA's Tom Kontos wrote in his monthly Kontos Kommentary.


Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:21:00 PST

The Hertz Corp. and the Arnold Palmer Invitational have signed another four-year partnership agreement for Hertz to be the official rental car sponsor of the PGA TOUR tournament.


Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:15:00 PST

Budget Car Rental’s redesigned website includes a modern look with more personalized features such as an interactive car guide to view the latest Budget vehicles.


Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:08:00 PST

Fox Rent A Car has opened new airport affiliate locations in Malta, Poland, Antigua and Barbuda, and Aruba.


Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:07:00 PST

Hertz UK has launched its rental service from Sofitel London Gatwick Hotel, becoming the only car rental company to have fleet available at the airport's North Terminal.


Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:59:00 PST

With 2025 emissions targets back in review, manufacturers, alt-fuel, and alt-power suppliers weigh in on the potential impacts of Trump’s initiatives.


Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:20:00 PST

According to a poll by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), 47% of European travel professionals expect some reduction in U.S. business travel for their company following President Trump’s executive order on travel.


Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:09:00 PST

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has published a best practice guide to support rental companies when dealing with connected vehicles and how data is being used.


Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:01:00 PST

As part of its Fill Your Tank program, Enterprise Rent-A-Car plans to invest 120,000 euros with Crosscare social support agency in Ireland over the next six years. The program is in collaboration with The Global FoodBanking Network.


Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:34:00 PST

A Hong Kong court found five Uber drivers guilty of illegally using their vehicles for commercial purposes.


Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:27:00 PST

Easy Rent Pro, a car rental software provider, has launched a payment processing feature in its software.


Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:21:00 PST

GoCar, Ireland’s carsharing program, has introduced its dedicated fleet service for parking-less developments in Dublin. The dedicated GoCar will give residents or businesses in a particular building access to an on-site vehicle.


Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:25:00 PST

Sixt has added a new location at Ireland’s Cork Airport and has redesigned its location at Dublin Airport.


Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:16:00 PST

The city of Gwangju plans to offer South Korea’s first hydrogen carsharing program. There will be 15 hydrogen vehicles available as well as 27 all-electric vehicles.


Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:11:00 PST

Rentcars.com, a car rental price comparison site based in Latin America, has announced new partnerships with car rental agencies in Europe.


Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:33:00 PST

The recall affects more than 977,000 vehicles, including gasoline electric hybrid models, in the 2011 to 2015 model years.


Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:06:00 PST

For the first time, the International Car Rental Show (ICRS) will live-stream a portion of the event on Auto Rental News’ Facebook page.


Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:13:00 PST

The New York City Council has passed legislation requiring the city to give dedicated parking spaces to carsharing companies. This will be part of a two-year pilot study.


Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:02:00 PST

Around half (49%) of all American workers report being made to feel shame or guilt by co-workers for taking vacation compared with 47% in last year’s Alamo Family Vacation Survey.


Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:31:00 PST

Avis Budget Group Inc. has expanded its consumer car sales program to an additional 11 U.S. states, bringing the program's availability to nearly 40 states across the country.


Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:49:00 PST

The Hertz Corp.’s full inventory of car rental rates, including those on Hertz.com and its mobile app, is now available to travel agents and corporations through Sabre’s digital platform.


Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:37:00 PST

Avis Budget Group Inc. has been featured on the annual list of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for 16 consecutive years.


Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:14:00 PST

Enabling a telematics connection at the factory — and not through an aftermarket hardware installation — is a game changer for fleets.


Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:49:00 PST

Mile Fleet LLC, a Florida-based vehicle supplier for rental car companies, has named Dave Goldstein as its new chief financial officer.