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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:13:00 PST

Until the end of January, Avis Preferred loyalty program members will receive double points for car rentals in Florida.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:03:00 PST

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the presenting sponsor in honor of the rental brand’s commitment to pick up the communities where its customers and employees live and work.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:57:00 PST

Steve Banfield, CEO of ReachNow, says that Seattle’s ReachNow carsharing service will be one of the first places people will get to try out BMW autonomous vehicles.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:12:00 PST

The city of San Francisco is reconsidering the number of parking spaces it will reserve for carsharing companies.

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:42:00 PST

In the keynote seminar “Car Rental and the Future of Mobility,” panelists will discuss the changing landscape of transportation and how they could affect the business model of car rental.

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:55:00 PST

December airport rate quotes were down $1.02 nationwide from a year ago. With year-to-year comparisons from down $6.11 in January to up to $5.48 in September, the last three months of 2016 were relatively stable.

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:46:00 PST

Providing an online marketplace for classic car rental companies, Vinty hopes to expand its platform to include a peer-to-peer model for private owners who want to rent their vintage vehicles.

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:17:00 PST

Ford’s app-based, ride-sharing service Chariot will expand to eight cities this year, including at least one global city. Currently, the service operates in San Francisco and Austin.

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:56:00 PST

In December, the average mileage on rental risk units sold (38,600 miles) was similar to recent months, but it was 13% lower than a year ago, according to Manheim. The Manheim Index for December finished at 124.9, a decline of 0.6% year-over-year.

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:46:00 PST

For a flat monthly fee, BOOK gives members access to Cadillac vehicles without the commitment of leasing, financing, or buying. BOOK will first launch in the New York metro area.

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:38:00 PST

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s $23,000 donation to the Harry Chapin Food Bank is part of its Fill Your Tank program.

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:30:00 PST

A renter of ReachNow crashed one of its BMW carsharing vehicles into a power pole in Seattle. Police suspect the driver of driving under the influence.

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:50:00 PST

Anunciando la reunión Latinoamericana is returning for its fourth year at the International Car Rental Show, taking place at Bally’s Las Vegas, March 27-29.

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:39:00 PST

Former employees of Enterprise Rent-A-Car in the U.K. have been sentenced for conspiring to steal customer information that accident claims companies could use.

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:25:00 PST

By partnering with Saudi Arabia’s Auto World Rent a Car, Sixt will now offer its services to customers at 25 locations in Saudi Arabia.

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:14:00 PST

Tokyo Century, a financial services company, will be funding leasing and car rental options for Grab drivers in its six countries of operation in Southeast Asia.

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:04:00 PST

General Motors’ carsharing service has started a pilot program in downtown Kitchener in Ontario, Canada.

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:01:00 PST

The funding will go into expanding Beijing-based Shouqi Car Rental’s fleet, as well as improving its marketing and technology.

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:10:00 PST

In a recent poll in Perth, Australia, 73% of females and 67% of males voted in favor of adding security cameras to Uber ride-hailing vehicles.

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:02:00 PST

The merger will consolidate the fleet-related services of both companies with the goal of targeting new markets and service lines.

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:23:00 PST

Volvo’s new business unit is based around Sunfleet, a car sharing company based in Sweden.

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 09:04:00 PST

India-based Eco Rent A Car has named Gautam Nath as its new CEO.

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:59:00 PST

Schoolber provides a ride-hailing option to help transport children to school in Singapore.

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:53:00 PST

Dollar Rent A Car has opened a new branch at the Muscat International Airport in Oman.

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:56:00 PST

Tracey Zhen has been appointed as Zipcar’s president. Zhen replaces Kaye Ceille, who has been named managing director of Avis Budget Australia and New Zealand.

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:16:00 PST

The three companies formed a partnership last July, and have since developed an BMW 7 Series that utilizes the autonomous technology of both Intel and Mobileye.

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 09:40:00 PST

Advantage Rent A Car, operator of the Advantage and EZ Rent-A-Car brands (AEZ), has opened a new and expanded rental car facility at Salt Lake City International Airport.

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 09:15:00 PST

New Jersey is considering implementing a bill that would increase the amount of insurance ride-hailing companies must carry and include mandatory background checks.

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:28:00 PST

Zipcar has partnered with the city of Breckenridge, Colo., to bring seven of its carsharing vehicles for residents, businesses, and visitors.

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:15:00 PST

Amp, the new Lyft vehicle icon, contains multiple LED lights that glow and change color.

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:02:00 PST

Actress Kristen Bell is featured in Enterprise’s latest TV commercial that reflects its new multimedia advertisement campaign.

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:09:00 PST

As new forms of mobility take flight, the borders with traditional car rental are starting to erode.

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:24:00 PST

The top 10 Auto Rental News feature articles of 2016 covered several topics including how new legislation will affect the car rental industry, franchising, corporate sales, and sustainability efforts.

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:12:00 PST

Suresh Dakshina, president of Chargeback Gurus, shares insight on why auto rental companies can be susceptible to chargebacks and tips to lessen the risk.

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:37:00 PST

General Motors’ Maven is partnering with Lyft to enable drivers to rent vehicles for the ride-hailing service. The Express Drive program has signed up 350 drivers in metro Detroit.

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:29:00 PST

Avis Car Rental has been named 2016's "Best Car Rental Company" by readers of Recommend, a magazine for travel agents.

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:21:00 PST

Enterprise Holdings Inc. has recognized 21 of its regional subsidiaries with the annual Jack Taylor Founding Values Award. These subsidiaries exemplify Jack Taylor’s founding values, including philanthropy, diversity, and business ethics.

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:14:00 PST

Zipcar will have four carsharing vehicles available throughout the downtown area of Baton Rouge, La.

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:06:00 PST

For the 11th straight year, the Enterprise 50 Million Tree Pledge has logged another million tree plantings. This pledge is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:21:00 PST

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles and Hyundai will discontinue the most models for the 2017 model year with FCA paring back its car offerings and Hyundai launching the Genesis luxury brand. General Motors is discontinuing its Impala CNG sedan.

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:13:00 PST

United Rental Group celebrated its 25th anniversary in the U.K. with a gala dinner in London attended by over 700 licensees and suppliers.

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:10:00 PST

Since the end of 2015, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has a 16% increase in members. The association currently has more than 900 members.

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:00:00 PST

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler has launched Croove, a peer-to-peer carsharing platform, as a pilot program in Munich, Germany.

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:49:00 PST

The carsharing trial with one-seater electric Toyotas started in Tokyo on Dec. 20.

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:24:00 PST

Thousands of customers may have worthless car rental bookings through Atlas Choice this holiday season. Atlas Choice, an online rental booking agent, didn’t pay the rental companies for the bookings.

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:30:00 PST

The California DMV revoked the registrations on the 16 self-driving Volvo XC90s that Uber was using in its pilot program. Uber will move the vehicles to Arizona.

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PST

Avis Budget Group Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of France Cars, expanding the company's presence in the French vehicle rental market.

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:42:00 PST

To celebrate the new agreement, Hertz Global has launched discounts of up to 20% on basic car rental for Cathay Pacific's passengers renting with Hertz at locations in the U.S, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:36:00 PST

Audi on demand, a smartphone-based daily rental service, has opened its first location in Germany at the Munich Airport.

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:11:00 PST

Avis Luxury Cars is now offering the Ford Mustang to its customers in South Africa.

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:06:00 PST

A new ride-hailing app called Gawana is coming to Rwanda in March. The aim is to offer travelers an alternative to buses.

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:09:00 PST

The top 10 Auto Rental News stories of 2016 from newsletter traffic covered several topics including personnel changes, financial reports, the rise of ride-hailing services, and a class-action suit.

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:55:00 PST

Bolloré group’s BlueLA carsharing service is scheduled to open in Los Angeles in 2017. The program will initially include the deployment of 200 public charge points and 100 electric vehicles.

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:45:00 PST

A new threat to used vehicle prices seems to be arising from increased new vehicle incentives, which have been relatively benign through this cycle of price softening.

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:25:00 PST

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved regulations allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to use rental vehicles. The CPUC redefined rental vehicles as personal vehicles for ride-hailing drivers.

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:56:00 PST

More than 103 million Americans — the most on record — are expected to travel for the year-end holidays, an increase of 1.5% or 1.5 million more people traveling compared with last year.

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:46:00 PST

MetLife has awarded Enterprise Rent-A-Car with the first Sustainability Products & Services Award for its sustainability efforts.

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:36:00 PST

New York City will plan to launch a two-year pilot program this spring that will provide 300 parking spots for carsharing vehicles at city-owned parking facilities and 300 curbside spots on local streets.

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:20:00 PST

In 2016, Hertz received 37 awards for its service around the globe, including recognition for its Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program.

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:05:00 PST

Delaying a nine-month trial period for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, Long Beach Airport wants the opinion of taxi and car rental companies first.

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:26:00 PST

Despite highlighting their inspections, the Federal Trade Commission alleges that CarMax, West-Herr Automotive Group, and Asbury Automotive Group failed to adequately disclose that some of their vehicles had open recalls, including the Takata airbag defect.

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:30:00 PST

Two men were charged with breaking into a Florida rental car location and damaging side-view mirrors on 13 vehicles.

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:28:00 PST

Amazon just delivered its first package by drone in England. Will U.S. delivery fleets be able to take advantage soon?

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Uber has launched UberFLEET, an Android app for its fleet partners in 29 cities across India, according to a report by the India Times.

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:04:00 PST

Uber will begin offering self-driving Volvo XC90 luxury SUVs to customers in San Francisco, which expands a partnership the companies launched in August to offer self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:21:00 PST

Kathryn V. Marinello to become president and chief executive officer.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:21:00 PST

Revenue for corporate, franchised, and independent locations in the U.S. is projected to reach $28.43 billion, a nearly 5% gain in revenue over 2015.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:15:00 PST

Hertz plans to sell its used vehicles through its partnership with Shift, an online used car website that offers customers test drives.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:12:00 PST

Enterprise Holdings Inc. has announced plans to hire nearly 10,000 college graduates into its Management Training Program worldwide in 2017.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:06:00 PST

Google has formed a mobility company called Waymo to house its development of self-driving vehicles and may be laying the groundwork to roll out a ride-hailing service as soon as late 2017 in a partnership with Fiat Chrysler, according to various reports.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:49:00 PST

Avis Budget Group Inc. has earned the 2017 Military Friendly Employer designation from Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:13:00 PST

Toyota’s new hybrid carsharing program YUKO is being piloted in Dublin, Ireland and Forli, Italy.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:54:00 PST

With access to the full line of smart vehicles, customers can rent a car from one day up to three months.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:46:00 PST

Honda’s $750 million investment in ride-hailing Grab is part of an agreement to collaborate on motorbike-hailing services.

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:12:00 PST

Many Obama-era initiatives, including salary exemptions, could face changes under the new Republican administration.

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:02:00 PST

Rent Centric, a provider of car rental management systems, has revamped and relaunched its peer-to-peer carsharing product.

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:18:00 PST

The online hotel booking website, which includes car rental, is introducing live customer service agents.

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:10:00 PST

As part of the company’s 60th anniversary, Enterprise is donating $60M to fight hunger around the globe.

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:00:00 PST

Residents of the Solaire residential building in Manhattan have exclusive access to the company’s on-demand fleet.

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:35:00 PST

The European carsharing company will reveal its plans for the U.S. market at the Detroit Auto Show.

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:08:00 PST

The Indian car rental company plans on expanding into new markets with its newly-acquired funds.

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:02:00 PST

Enterprise Holdings' three brands – Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car – are now available at the Sangster International Airport as well as at one location in Montego Bay.

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:13:00 PST

Wholesale used vehicle prices declined 1% in November, continuing the downward trend that was 0.7% last month, according to Manheim's Used Vehicle Value Index.

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:48:00 PST

The carsharing app has increased its fleet to cover more areas of Portland and all of Seattle.

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:25:00 PST

IdeaWorksCompany and CarTrawler project airline ancillary revenue will reach $67.4 billion worldwide in 2016.

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:21:00 PST

TranSystems Corporation of Ohio has been selected to design a new rental car facility at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:17:00 PST

The city of Berkeley is now accepting applications from companies interested in providing one-way carshare.

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:13:00 PST

Hertz has reached a long-term agreement with South America’s car rental company, which includes Localiza's purchase of the Hertz operations in Brazil and combined Localiza Hertz branding in Brazil.

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:28:00 PST

Los Angeles World Airports has made the first step in the procurement process for the design and construction of the ConRAC project at LAX.

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:23:00 PST

Franchise Services of North America has announced the opening of two new U-Save Car and Truck Rental locations in the cities of Hattiesburg and Fulton.

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:19:00 PST

Budget Car Rental has named Budget Iceland as “Licensee of the Year” for the second year in a row.

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:14:00 PST

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson predicts short-term rental and peer-to-peer carsharing will be the two most popular forms of car usage.

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:01:00 PST

The Brazil-based car rental company has filed for an initial public offering and hired several banks to underwrite the transaction.

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:28:00 PST

A year after declaring a no-sale policy, AutoNation is allowing vehicles with recalled parts to be sold.

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:55:00 PST

The recall covers nearly 603,000 vehicles in the 2013 to 2016 model years.

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:37:00 PST

With fewer drivers and substantially longer fleet lifecycles, fleet managers will pivot to new job functions.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:54:00 PST

The Commemoration events will take place December 1-11, honoring remaining survivors and veterans of the attack.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:13:00 PST

In Zipcar’s latest Urbanite Study, two in five urbanite respondents plan to sell their cars, while 83% of respondents believe automated cars will be on streets in their lifetime.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:04:00 PST

November rates are up $.05 over November 2015, while 12 months to November averaged a small $0.31 decrease.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:49:00 PST

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed leaving in place its emissions standards for light-duty vehicles through 2025 in a move that's expected to face opposition from automakers.