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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:32:00 PST

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation made three donations totaling $250,000 to assist with immediate needs of those in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.


Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:11:00 PST

StratosFuel Inc., a developer of hydrogen fueling stations, received a grant to start its Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) carsharing service in the cities of Ontario and Riverside.


Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:10:00 PST

With a car2go membership and an Alexa-enabled device, customers can reserve a car2go vehicle via voice commands.


Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:08:00 PST

Sixt Rent-a-Car officially opened in the San Diego International Airport yesterday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the airport’s consolidated rental facility.


Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:34:00 PST

Sixt Rent-a-Car officially opened in the San Diego International Airport yesterday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the airport’s consolidated rental facility on Oct. 16, 2017. (Photos by Chris Brown and Matt Faraci.)


Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:01:00 PST

As advanced safety technologies have migrated to mainstream vehicles, retaining value for these options at resale remains an issue.


Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:42:00 PST

The Latin American Meeting will be held on Monday Nov. 6 from 8:15 a.m. until 9:55 a.m., before the start of the Auto Rental Summit.


Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:02:00 PST

Throughout the city, 100 Hyundai Ioniq Electric vehicles will be available for rent.


Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:53:00 PST

DriveNow, the joint venture of the BMW Group and Sixt SE, has surpassed the one-million customers mark in the U.K.


Sat, 14 Oct 2017 10:53:00 PST

The recall includes more than 414,000 Jeep Liberty, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles in the U.S. in the 2012 and 2013 model years.


Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:26:00 PST

As part of the multiyear deal, Avis Car Rental and Budget Car Rental will be the only car rental brands available for booking through British Airways, Iberia, and Iberia Express. Aer Lingus will follow at a later date.


Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:09:00 PST

CarHopper, a luxury vehicle rental booking platform, has closed $1.5 million in seed funding to fuel its launch into four new markets, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, and San Francisco.


Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:21:00 PST

With the help of EDNA, a technology startup focused on artificial intelligence, Budget Costa Rica has incorporated a Chatbot, which uses artificial intelligence to answer questions and take reservations in real time.


Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:17:00 PST

Avis Budget Group Inc. has selected Avis Iceland and Budget Lebanon as its Car Rental Licensees of the Year for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.


Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:08:00 PST

Eco Rent A Car received the National Tourism Award as the Best Ground Transport Company in India.


Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:52:00 PST

The average price of used vehicles model years 2012-2016 fell 0.7% in September, with the lion’s share of that depreciation coming from the car segment, according to Black Book. As of September, all vehicles are averaging a 12-month depreciation of 14.5%.


Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:09:00 PST

In this newly created role, Hiron Menon will oversee all of JUCY’s U.S. operations and marketing functions.


Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:11:00 PST

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members can participate in the Great Gold Giveaway for a chance to win 1 million Gold Plus Rewards points. These points can be redeemed for up to four years' worth of free rental days.


Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:45:00 PST

Ridecell Inc., a carsharing and ride-hailing provider, has announced the public availability of its autonomous operation platform as well as its acquisition of Auro, a developer of autonomous vehicle technology.


Fri, 6 Oct 2017 13:40:00 PST

Wholesale used vehicle prices rose 2.77% in September on a month-over-month basis, which drove Manheim’s Used Vehicle Value Index up 6.3% from a year ago to 134.9, marking five months of consecutive growth.


Thu, 5 Oct 2017 16:50:00 PST

Avis Budget Group Inc. plans to report its third quarter 2017 results after the market close on Monday Nov. 6.


Thu, 5 Oct 2017 16:43:00 PST

Green Commuter has launched the first open all-electric carsharing service in Los Angeles. The vehicles are available to rent to the public through the Green Commuter app.


Thu, 5 Oct 2017 15:46:00 PST

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 25.7% to 51,112 in September units with strong sales in the truck category, according to Automotive Fleet data.


Thu, 5 Oct 2017 11:12:00 PST

If you think you have 11 weeks to implement an Electronic Logging Device system to meet the Dec. 18 compliance deadline, you really don’t — for a few reasons.


Wed, 4 Oct 2017 15:03:00 PST

With the app, Free2Move allows users in Seattle to compare the location, characteristics, and operating costs of available transportation options, including offerings from car2go, Zipcar and TravelCar.


Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:35:00 PST

Sixt has launched a newly-expanded space at its Miami Airport location. The location now has 10 customer service counters and other features include a new TV monitor system and an area to charge electronic devices.


Wed, 4 Oct 2017 10:47:00 PST

In September, airport rates in the southeast region were up $10.06 over last year, though Southwest rates (Houston) were up only $1.18.


Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:54:00 PST

Dr. Stefan Heck will address how the fleet industry is leading the way regarding vehicle autonomy, connectivity, electrification, and sharing.


Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:28:00 PST

Zipcar and Ford Motor Co. have announced that their Students with Drive grant program surpassed a milestone of $1 million donated to student organizations over the past six years.


Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:17:00 PST

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has opened a new branch office along Indianapolis’ iconic “Dealership Row.”


Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:08:00 PST

Zipcar has expanded its partnership with New York’s Metro-North Railroad (MNR) bringing its carsharing service to six additional MNR stations.


Tue, 3 Oct 2017 14:33:00 PST

Black Book’s Used Vehicle Retention Index increased from 112.6 to 113.9 in September, the largest month-over-month gain since March 2012, according to a company announcement.


Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:10:00 PST

The recall, set to get under way Nov. 7, covers more than 646,000 vehicles in the 2011 to 2014 model years.


Tue, 3 Oct 2017 10:21:00 PST

Volkswagen Group China and eHi Car Services Limited, a car rental and car services provider in China, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly explore luxury mobility-on-demand services in China.


Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:24:00 PST

New Zealand-based GO Rentals has researched Uber prices, taxi prices, and worldwide rental car rates to come up with the answer, depending on where you are in the world.


Tue, 3 Oct 2017 08:56:00 PST

Francis Waddington has been named as vice president, Europe, Rafael Girona has been appointed as vice president, field operations and customer experience, and Richard Davies has been appointed as country manager, Hertz UK.


Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:35:00 PST

State Van Rental is offering free transportation to victims and families of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The offer is good today and will be extended as needed.


Mon, 2 Oct 2017 12:06:00 PST

Following its expansion in Spain and Italy, SurPrice Car Rentals is now entering Portugal with franchise locations in Lisbon, Porto, and Faro.


Mon, 2 Oct 2017 11:38:00 PST

Following a 3 million euros investment this year, GoCar has increased its carsharing locations in Ireland. The service is now available in 18 counties across Ireland.


Mon, 2 Oct 2017 11:09:00 PST

Citroen Multicity Carsharing will stop its operations in Berlin on Oct. 29 after struggling to compete with its competition.


Mon, 2 Oct 2017 11:03:00 PST

The partnership allows AirAsia customers to book Zoomcar for its local and intercity self-driven transportation.


Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:20:00 PST

While large scale deployment of autonomous vehicles won’t happen anytime soon, it’s important for fleets to formulate their game plans now.


Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:22:00 PST

Through Oct. 31, Avis Car Rental and Budget Car Rental are providing one-way rates from the Northeast to Florida for as low as $5 per day for economy to full-sized vehicles.


Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:37:00 PST

Environmentally-focused car rental company Green Motion has opened a franchise location at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport on the island of Mauritius.


Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:19:00 PST

CarTrawler will offer Heathrow.com customers access to rental vehicles from 2,300 suppliers across the world.


Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:57:00 PST

BlueSG, Singapore’s nationwide electric vehicle carsharing program, will begin operating in December with 80 vehicles and 30 charging stations


Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:03:00 PST

Pickup trucks have seen a surge in consumer interest in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Harvey, according to Jumpstart Automotive Media.


Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:51:00 PST

Kromtech Security Center discovered a cache of about 540,000 exposed records from vehicle tracking devices. The discovered records contained user information such as email addresses, passwords, license plate numbers, and VINs.


Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:21:00 PST

In the name of security, an automaker’s alliance is advocating denial of third-party access to the OBD-II port. Is this going too far?


Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:12:00 PST

Ford Motor Co. will be working with Lyft to eventually deploy its self-driving vehicles on the ride-hailing company’s platform.


Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:18:00 PST

At November’s Auto Rental Summit, Neil Abrams will examine how new transportation models could shape the future of car rental.


Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:06:00 PST

Zipcar has named Jeff Prus as its new vice president of product and experience.


Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:27:00 PST

car2go's one-way carsharing service in Austin will now be made up of new Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA compact vehicles with the latest app-based technology.


Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:43:00 PST

The average wholesale value of cars and trucks saw little depreciation last week, as lane activity has increased as a result of the recent hurricanes, according to Black Book’s Sept. 25 Market Insights report.


Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:52:00 PST

Transport for London didn't renew Uber's license to operate, citing various issues with the ride-hailing service. Uber's license in London expired on Sept. 30.


Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:22:00 PST

Discover the World and InterGlobe Air Transport Limited will be responsible for promoting Hertz's products and services internationally to domestic travel trade partners and travelers.


Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:28:00 PST

Sixt provides an update on the level of damage to many of the Caribbean islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:34:00 PST

Volvo has unveiled its new XC40 in Milan, Italy, and a new vehicle subscription plan aimed at driving its luxury compact SUV off dealer lots.


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:23:00 PST

For the 11th consecutive year, Fortune magazine has named Pam Nicholson, CEO and president of Enterprise Holdings, to its Most Powerful Women in Business List. Nicholson ranked No. 17 for the second consecutive year.


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:20:00 PST

Auto Europe's Hurricane Assistance Program now assists travel agent partners impacted by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.


Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:33:00 PST

Enterprise Holdings’ brands (Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent A Car) have started to reopen their locations in Florida and the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma. Enterprise donated $1 million to aid with the relief efforts in the Southeast U.S. and the Caribbean.


Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:23:00 PST

San Diego International Airport’s Rental Car Center has revealed a 1,600-foot long digital art installation called Dazzle. The panels collectively display more than 15 designed animations.


Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:30:00 PST

Enterprise is launching its annual Plus Your Points promotion nearly a month earlier than in 2016 and it will run through the end of January 2018, offering loyalty members more than 40 extra days to earn bonus points.


Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:32:00 PST

In the car segment, luxury and sporty cars decreased the most in value last week, while mid-size vehicles showed a slight increase in value


Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:45:00 PST

The deadline for the 2017 Auto Rental News Professional of the Year Awards has been extended to Tuesday Sept. 26.


Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:54:00 PST

Manheim Wilmington is the fourth permanent Manheim location in North Carolina. Manheim built the two-lane facility through a partnership with D&C Mitsubishi.


Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:26:00 PST

Zipcar has brought its carsharing service to Reykjavik, Iceland. This marks the first major city launch for the brand in the Nordic countries.


Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:01:00 PST

Operated by Israeli-based company Car2Go, AutoTel has distributed 170 carsharing vehicles throughout the city of Tel Aviv.


Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:38:00 PST

Ryanair has announced a two-year extension of its partnership with CarTrawler, an online global car rental platform.


Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:25:00 PST

Operated by Casa Auto, Caby’s electric carsharing service uses Mitsubishi iMiev cars. The fleet of electric vehicles will be offered in the city of Iasi, Romania.


Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:12:00 PST

While the effect that Hurricane Irma had on Insurance Auto Auction's and Copart's operations in Florida was relatively mild, Houston was a different story.


Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:00:00 PST

American Car Rental Association (ACRA) members visited senators, congressmen, and their staffs to learn more on issues such as excise taxes, like-kind exchanges, and data control in autonomous vehicles.


Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:13:00 PST

Sixt Mexico received the award for Mexico’s Leading Car Rental Company at the 24th World Travel Awards.


Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:48:00 PST

Uber will ban its drivers in London from using vehicles that are not hybrid or fully electric by 2020 in an effort to curb illegal levels of pollution in the city.


Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:32:00 PST

Auto Europe received a Gold Magellan Award in the Ground Transportation – World Wide Coverage category and a Silver Magellan Award in the Ground Transportation – Luxury Car Collection category.


Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:14:00 PST

With an app-based approach, Dealerware removes paper and long lines from the vehicle service loaner process as well as offers the ability to recoup costs like fuel and tolls.


Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:21:00 PST

As many as 400,000 vehicles in Florida will need to be replaced as a result of Hurricane Irma, including as many as 11,000 fleet vehicles, according to Cox Automotive.


Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:03:00 PST

We reached out to several rental operators in Florida for an update on their rental locations and the safety of their employees after Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean and East Coast. Some cities are still facing flooding and power outages.


Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:54:00 PST

Technology that allows cab drivers flexible access to a shared fleet is leveling the playing field for an 89-year-old taxi company.


Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:37:00 PST

Wholesale used vehicles had their best weekly performance in two months, according to Black Book’s Sept. 11 Market Insights report.


Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:13:00 PST

Manheim and ADESA reopened their Florida auction facilities on Tuesday, as Hurricane Irma moved north toward Tennessee.


Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:56:00 PST

Zipcar has added 15 vehicles at eight new locations throughout Chicago after Enterprise CarShare shut down its carsharing service in Chicago.


Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:59:00 PST

Auto Europe is pledging $5 per reservation booked by any travel agent nationwide for their client now through Sept 30, 2017. The pledge goes toward a relief fund to assist agents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.


Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:53:00 PST

Five ADESA auctions remained closed Monday as Hurricane Irma moved through Georgia and Alabama, and two ADESA auctions in those states curtailed hours and staff, the KAR Auction Services unit announced.


Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:58:00 PST

Wholesale used vehicle prices — on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis — increased 0.75% month-over-month in August, bringing the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to a record high of 131.3.


Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:26:00 PST

Greg Janik, president of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) from 1986-1987, passed away on Sept. 8. He was 74. Janik was a long-time member of AFLA and a strong supporter of the fleet industry.


Fri, 8 Sep 2017 10:15:00 PST

As Hurricane Irma closes in on South Florida, car rental operators are closing early, securing buildings, and relaxing rental policies to ensure that employees and renters are safe.


Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:28:00 PST

Hertz and Thrifty will pay nearly $2 million to its Seattle-Tacoma International Airport employees in back pay owed under SeaTac’s minimum wage law, according to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.


Thu, 7 Sep 2017 10:50:00 PST

Throughout San Jose, Heredia, and Alajuela, 20 Zipcar vehicles are now available by the hour or the day. Costa Rica is Zipcar’s first launch in Latin America.


Thu, 7 Sep 2017 09:04:00 PST

Fleet Jam Session, convening at the 2017 Auto Rental Summit, will provide analysis of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma's effects on the auto rental industry, from the used car market and new car sales to rental rates, volume, and new and used values.


Wed, 6 Sep 2017 14:39:00 PST

Manheim has closed its Puerto Rico facility and will close four of its Florida auctions on Friday ahead of Hurricane Irma's expected landfall in Florida over the weekend, according to the company.


Wed, 6 Sep 2017 10:49:00 PST

Greg Thibault will retire as Avis Budget’s vice president of fleet disposal after 20 years of leading Avis Budget’s auction sales and wholesale turn-back process with manufacturers.


Wed, 6 Sep 2017 10:06:00 PST

To assist with disaster recovery, Enterprise Holdings has already delivered more than 4,000 rental cars and trucks into the Southeast Texas region. It anticipates bringing in 17,000 total vehicles before the end of the month.


Wed, 6 Sep 2017 09:30:00 PST

Turo, a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace, has raised $92 million in funding from Daimler and other investors. Turo also acquired Daimler's Croove, a peer-to-peer carsharing service in Germany.


Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:54:00 PST

August airport rates were up $3.45 over last year. Hurricane Harvey’s devastation will have a major effect on the Texas vehicle rental industry, but it didn’t significantly affect rates in August.


Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:47:00 PST

Zipcar has announced a new partnership with the city of Golden, Colo., to bring its carsharing service to area residents, businesses, visitors, and students.


Tue, 5 Sep 2017 13:33:00 PST

Car and truck segments saw lower overall depreciation rates last week, according to Black Book's Sept. 4 Market Insights report.


Fri, 1 Sep 2017 11:18:00 PST

car2go has announced that its membership in Seattle has surpassed the 100,000 member milestone. To celebrate this milestone, car2go is offering its members up to $50 in reimbursed ferry rides if they use a Mercedes-Benz car2go vehicle over Labor Day weekend.


Fri, 1 Sep 2017 10:28:00 PST

As part of the agreement, which was originally announced on Dec. 5, 2016, Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has now completed the sale of its Brazil car rental and leasing operations to Localiza.