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Wed, 6 Dec 2017 10:41:00 PST

Rate quotes have been up each week year over year since the June 2 survey — a continuous run of 27 weeks.


Wed, 6 Dec 2017 09:59:00 PST

According to a joint statement issued today, Consumer Watchdog joined Privacy International and other public interest groups in an international call for car rental companies to protect the privacy of driver and passenger data their rented vehicles collect.


Wed, 6 Dec 2017 09:36:00 PST

When asked what is primarily responsible for the change in pricing in their market, only 4% of respondents chose ride hailing companies such as Uber or Lyft.


Wed, 6 Dec 2017 08:32:00 PST

The cars are still the stars, but this year’s L.A. Auto Show revealed an auto industry at a crossroads.


Wed, 6 Dec 2017 06:52:00 PST

The initiative includes fleet of 5,000 connected cars in more than 20 Avis Car Rental locations throughout the greater Kansas City area.


Wed, 6 Dec 2017 06:50:00 PST

The agreement makes National the presenting sponsor of the PGA Jr. League Championship.


Wed, 6 Dec 2017 06:47:00 PST

The Cross Border Xpress (CBX) terminal near the U.S./Mexico border is a pedestrian bridge reserved exclusively for Tijuana Airport passengers and is served by major and independent car rental companies.


Wed, 6 Dec 2017 06:42:00 PST

BlueSG, a subsidiary of French transportation firm Bollore Group will launch with a fleet of 80 vehicles and 120 charging stations.


Wed, 6 Dec 2017 06:30:00 PST

In partnership with EVCARD electric carsharing company, the BMW Group launched its carsharing service in Chengdu, China.


Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:41:00 PST

This year, 12 more countries have been added to SurPrice Car Rentals’ franchise network.


Fri, 1 Dec 2017 18:16:00 PST

Vehicle manufacturers are adding a slew of new utility vehicles to their lineups for the 2018 model year, and ceasing production of some of their cars as fleet and retail buyers shift their tastes toward SUVs of all stripes.


Fri, 1 Dec 2017 15:38:00 PST

The pickup truck and SUV recall covers more than 177,200 2016-MY vehicles in the U.S.


Fri, 1 Dec 2017 10:05:00 PST

Enterprise Truck Rental is now offering Enterprise Telematics. Powered by Geotab, the telematics solution provides real-time tracking data for monitoring vehicle and driver performance.


Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:58:00 PST

Richard Lowden, founder and CEO of Green Motion, was given the Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s Green Fleet Awards in the U.K.


Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:02:00 PST

General Motors' Maven carsharing service has chosen Element Fleet Management to provide maintenance and accident services for its fleet across the United States.


Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:05:00 PST

In conjunction with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the Austin/Sundt joint venture team accepted an award for the San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center in the category of Excellence in Building Construction – Public Work.


Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:57:00 PST

A newfound austerity in fleeting is producing a domino effect of benefits for 2018.


Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:59:00 PST

General Motors’ carsharing Maven has expanded its Maven Gig service to Baltimore.


Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:52:00 PST

AAA's Gig Car Share has opened reserved parking spaces at San Francisco International Airport for its one-way carsharing service.


Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:03:00 PST

Pam Nicholson, CEO of Enterprise Holdings, has been named as Automotive News’ 2017 All-Star in Remarketing.


Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:47:00 PST

Green Motion’s San Diego franchise received six awards during the company’s International Franchise Network Awards.


Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:25:00 PST

Sporty cars and compact vans saw the heaviest depreciation last week, according to Black Book’s Nov. 27 Market Insights report.


Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:17:00 PST

Europcar and its low-cost brand InterRent have opened new franchises in Israel, Lebanon, Rwanda, Senegal, Cambodia, Guatemala, Mali, Dubai, and Chile.


Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:09:00 PST

Rentalcars.com, an online car rental service, has announced the opening of Marketplace, which targets independent car rental companies. The online vehicle rental platform will first launch in the U.K. and expand to other countries within the year.


Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:23:00 PST

Launched in 2007 in the United Kingdom, Green Motion currently operates in over 30 countries.


Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:08:00 PST

Lurento, a European-based luxury car rental company, has launched its service in the United Arab Emirates. Customers can now rent luxury and sports cars in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.


Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:04:00 PST

French peer-to-peer carsharing service Drivy has launched in London. It plans to expand across the U.K. throughout 2018.


Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:59:00 PST

On the opening of Sixt’s new U.S. headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, CEO Erich Sixt contends that “In 10 years’ time, Europe will be a branch of the U.S.”


Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:00:00 PST

Sixt Rent-a-Car has opened a new franchise location at Union Station in Springfield, Mass. Franchisee Jay Harland Corp. will be operating the location.


Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

Green Motion’s 2017 international conference took place in the United Kingdom at the company’s international head office. The company’s annual car rental award ceremony followed the conference.


Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

Under the multi-year agreement, Avis Car Rental and Budget Car Rental will promote their products, services, and offers to Choice Hotels International’s customers and franchisees.


Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

The ride-hailing company has plans to introduce a self-driving car option to customers in the Bay Area.  


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:48:00 PST

Donlen has embraced mobility as a service for some commercial fleets, and has set up an internal team to offer carsharing, ride-hailing, short-term vehicle rentals, and other products, the company's mobility leader told Automotive Fleet.


Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:10:00 PST

Sixt held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday Nov. 17 to launch its new North American corporate headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. Erich Sixt, CEO of Sixt SE, spoke at the ceremony. A Bavarian-style celebration followed. Photos courtesy of Sixt.


Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:05:00 PST

Erich Sixt, CEO of Sixt SE, spoke at Sixt Rent-a-Car’s new North American corporate headquarters in Fort Lauderdale on Friday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:42:00 PST

Both car and truck wholesale values continued to fall last week, according to Black Book’s Nov. 20 Market Insights report.


Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:09:00 PST

As part of its campaign “Proud to Share,” car2go’s mini documentary series highlight the stories of car2go members and how they are using the carsharing service in their cities.


Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:59:00 PST

A plaintiff identified as Jane Doe filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court against ride-hailing service company Lyft, alleging that Lyft failed to screen out a driver with a criminal history who subsequently sexually assaulted her.


Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:22:00 PST

According to Hertz, the busiest airport pick-up locations this Thanksgiving are expected to be Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, and Fort Lauderdale.


Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:04:00 PST

Using the Via app, passengers can book a seat in a shared, dynamically-routed vehicle to or from three major Los Angeles Metro stations. The Mobility On-Demand project is expected to begin in summer 2018.


Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:58:00 PST

Montana lawmakers are looking at temporarily increasing lodging and car rental taxes to help keep some government services that are expected to be cut.


Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:45:00 PST

Under a framework agreement, the automaker will sell the ride-hailing company autonomous driving-compatible base vehicles from 2019 to 2021.


Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:11:00 PST

Donlen has updated its corporate logo to closer align the fleet management company with its corporate parent, Hertz Global Holdings, by adopting a black-and-yellow color scheme.


Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:37:00 PST

AAA Travel projects that 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an increase of 1.6 million travelers compared with last year. Car rental rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70 per day.


Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:02:00 PST

Millennials will one day constitute your largest customer base. Reaching them entails a diversified product offering, social interaction, streamlining the rental process, and marketing the experience.


Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:01:00 PST

Rental companies can maintain relationships with past customers by keeping up with communication, offering incentives to rent again, and continuing to improve the customer experience.


Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:00:00 PST

Recent customer complaints, class action claims, and legislation regarding car rental electronic toll collections raise the need for best practices when it comes to education and disclosures.


Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:59:00 PST

Some 600,000 to 1 million vehicles were severely damaged or lost as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, resulting in a spike in vehicle sales and buoyed depreciation.


Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:58:00 PST

At the end of a rental or reservation call, a rental agent should always ask to book future rentals.


Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:56:00 PST

Bill Plamondon, vice president of ACRA, reflects on his more than 40 years in the industry and how ACRA has played a role in supporting the industry, especially from a legislative front.


Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:55:00 PST

This carsharing trend in condo complexes reduces parking spaces to increase buildable units, while on-demand self-service technology makes operating a private carsharing business more cost-effective for the building owner.


Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:24:00 PST

The recall covers an estimated 28,600 compact SUVs in the 2018 model year.  


Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:12:00 PST

As fleet miles increase exponentially, and as new stratum of fleet enter both consumer and business use cases, the "founding fathers" who gathered at Fleet Forward in Miami last week have some work to do.


Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:11:00 PST

The inaugural 2017 Fleet Forward Conference took place from Nov. 7 to 8 at Miami Hilton Downtown.


Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:30:00 PST

Transfercar Limited, a provider of rental fleet relocation services to the vehicle rental industry, has joined with Abrams Consulting Group to help expand its rental fleet relocation service in the U.S.


Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Enterprise Holdings will recognize 14 automotive auction partners with its 2017 Auction Achievement Awards.


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:29:00 PST

This Friday, Sixt Rent-a-Car will welcome Erich Sixt, CEO of Sixt SE, to its new North American corporate headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:21:00 PST

The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and Travel Weekly recognized Enterprise Holdings and its three car rental brands.


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:18:00 PST

A 70-year-old man has been charged with first-degree and second-degree larceny after being accused of keeping a rental car for nearly three years.


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:52:00 PST

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation has announced a $30 million donation to The Nature Conservancy. The five-year donation helps support the nonprofit's long-term water resource management initiatives in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:03:00 PST

Vehicles over 100,000 aren’t depreciating at the same as they used to due mostly to a tight supply of late-model used vehicles, according to Edmunds’ Q3 Used Vehicle Market Report.


Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:48:00 PST

Green Motion, an environmentally-friendly rental company, has launched its new in-store brand concept at several locations in the United Kingdom.


Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:43:00 PST

Cadillac has rolled out its Book vehicle subscription service in Los Angeles and Dallas, after introducing it in New York City in January.


Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:38:00 PST

Hertz has partnered with Travelport, a travel commerce platform. The vehicle rates accessible on Hertz.com and the Hertz mobile app will now be available for all Travelport clients.


Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:27:00 PST

Rentcars.com, a global online travel agency specializing in car rentals, has announced a new partnership with America Car Rental in Mexico.


Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:22:00 PST

International car rental company iSuperdrive.com allows customers to rent luxury cars through local owners in the U.K. and abroad.


Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:21:00 PST

The inaugural Fleet Forward Conference took place from Nov. 7 to 8 at Miami Hilton Downtown. The event connected fleet stakeholders with technology providers and offered education regarding the rapid changes in transportation and mobility. Photos by Jasen Delgado.


Thu, 9 Nov 2017 16:47:00 PST

For the third quarter 2017, Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has reported its total revenues as $2.6 billion, a 1% increase year-over-year. CEO Kathryn Marinello is encouraged by Hertz’s process but admits the company still has a lot of work ahead.


Wed, 8 Nov 2017 14:41:00 PST

Wholesale used vehicle prices rose for the sixth month in a row in October, increasing by 1.02%, according to Manheim’s October Used Vehicle Value Index. This brought the index to 136.3, an 8.1% rise from a year ago.


Wed, 8 Nov 2017 10:47:00 PST

The sixth annual Auto Rental Summit took place in a new city and venue. From Nov. 6-7, corporate, franchised, and independent companies gathered at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Photos by Chris Brown and Jasen Delgado. 


Wed, 8 Nov 2017 10:34:00 PST

For the fourth year in a row, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is ranked highest in satisfaction among rental car companies, according to the J.D. Power 2017 North America Rental Car Satisfaction Study. Enterprise Holdings’ other brands National and Alamo took second and third.


Wed, 8 Nov 2017 08:50:00 PST

Moving to Miami this year, the sixth annual Auto Rental Summit featured new speakers, fresh topics, networking, and exhibit hall interactions. This year also included Fleet Forward Conference, an add-on event focused on smart mobility.


Wed, 8 Nov 2017 08:28:00 PST

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has released the draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for its consolidated rental car facility (conrac) to four prequalified teams.


Tue, 7 Nov 2017 14:10:00 PST

Both cars and trucks saw a noticeable rise in depreciation last week, according to Black Book’s Nov. 6 Market Insights report.


Tue, 7 Nov 2017 13:57:00 PST

In observance of Veterans Day, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is donating to the Fisher House Foundation, providing automobile insurance to recipients of Keys to Progress Program, and offering a prepaid maintenance package to veterans that buy vehicles through Enterprise Car Sales.


Tue, 7 Nov 2017 08:31:00 PST

As part of its annual One Two Free promotion, National Car Rental is launching its new “One Two Free” Twitter sweepstakes now through Nov. 14.


Tue, 7 Nov 2017 08:25:00 PST

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Automated Rental Management System (ARMS) Web Application accelerator helps an insurance company using Guidewire ClaimCenter to integrate with ARMS.


Mon, 6 Nov 2017 17:01:00 PST

Avis Budget Group has reported revenue of $2.8 billion for its third quarter 2017, a company record. Due to the impact of the hurricanes, the company lowered its full-year earnings forecast.


Fri, 3 Nov 2017 14:37:00 PST

The firm attributed the strong vehicle retention in October to increased replacement activity stemming from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, the increased replacement activity seen in October is expected to be the last boost to come from the hurricanes.


Fri, 3 Nov 2017 11:16:00 PST

Richard Lowden, the founder and CEO of Green Motion, was part of a panel discussion at the 2017 CarTrawler Conference.


Thu, 2 Nov 2017 14:47:00 PST

A $7,500 federal tax credit that has fueled sales of plug-in electric vehicles in recent years could be eliminated if House Republicans can include the proposal in the tax cut bill now under discussion, reports Reuters.


Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:32:00 PST

Canvas users can rent Ford vehicles on a monthly basis. The service is being offered for the first time outside of its home city San Francisco.


Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:47:00 PST

HyreCar, a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace that connects vehicle owners with potential drivers, has expanded its service to New York state.


Wed, 1 Nov 2017 15:42:00 PST

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 3.7% to 49,801 in October with strong truck sales outweighing a nearly 30% decline in cars, according to Automotive Fleet data.


Wed, 1 Nov 2017 10:51:00 PST

On Tuesday, a driver drove a rented Home Depot truck down a bike lane in New York City, killing eight people and injuring at least 11 others.


Wed, 1 Nov 2017 09:16:00 PST

In October, the deseasonalized average at $54.41 and the $8.37 year-over-year increase are the highest rates since the one-month recall shortage spike in July 2014.


Wed, 1 Nov 2017 09:06:00 PST

WaiveCar, a startup that offers riders free-of-charge, ad-supported carsharing, appeared on the ABC show “Shark Tank” on Oct. 29.


Wed, 1 Nov 2017 08:59:00 PST

Avis Budget Group’s Unlimited Rewards, a loyalty program for travel professionals, has been selected as a Gold Magellan Award Winner by Travel Weekly.


Wed, 1 Nov 2017 08:56:00 PST

car2go plans to upgrade its Seattle fleet by replacing its smart fortwo vehicles with compact Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles. The transition will be completed by the end of 2017.


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:53:00 PST

Zipcar has launched a new mobility option in select cities for members who depend on a vehicle during the week to commute to and from work. The service is available from Monday at 5 a.m. until Friday at 7 p.m.


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:42:00 PST

According to Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Instant Insider” survey, eight out of 10 travelers cite “fitting everything in when your trip is too short” as one of their biggest travel-related challenges.


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:46:00 PST

Average wholesale values saw little change last week compared to the week before it, with depreciation falling in both the car and truck segment, according to Black Book’s Oct. 30 Market Insights report.


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:51:00 PST

The team at Mile Fleet takes Halloween seriously at its office.


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:13:00 PST

Europcar New Zealand is now offering an all-electric vehicle fleet for rent in Auckland and Christchurch.


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:08:00 PST

An electric carsharing service called Spark has started in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia.