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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.


Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:06:00 PST

The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles is taking steps to set requirements for the testing and deployment of vehicles that lack a human driver.


Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:17:00 PST

Partnering with Blacklane, Hertz Driver Services will offer airport transfers, limousines, and chauffeur services to customers in Europe.


Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:15:00 PST

Mex Rent A Car is now offering its car rental services in Tuxtla, located in Mexico’s state of Chiapas in Mexico.


Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:42:00 PST

Two- to six-year old vehicles depreciated 0.8% in February, with trucks and vans showing relative strength, while luxury and sporty cars again fell hardest, especially when compared to year-ago values, according to Black Book.


Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:10:00 PST

San Francisco’s City Attorney Dennis Herrera has sued the Hertz Corp. and its business partner American Traffic Solutions for charging customers the undiscounted toll rate of $7.50 — as well as up to $24.75 in extra fees — to cross the Golden Gate Bridge.


Wed, 8 Mar 2017 08:55:00 PST

Designed specifically for auto dealers looking to improve their rental and loaner operations, Auto Dealer programming will take place on Tuesday March 28, covering topics such as retail rentals and steps to branding a rental operation.


Tue, 7 Mar 2017 15:02:00 PST

Rental risk units were up from a year ago due to mix shifts and mileage changes as well as a weakness in the used vehicle market last year, according to Manheim. The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index stood at 124.6 for February.


Tue, 7 Mar 2017 14:51:00 PST

Franchise Services of North America (FSNA), franchisors of the U-Save brand, has announced its financial results for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016. Revenue and loss from continuing operations were $2,570,439 and $122,918, respectively.


Tue, 7 Mar 2017 14:38:00 PST

Once a month, Jim Schalberg Auto Rental Solutions offers its new operator class at its headquarters in South Carolina. Starting this year, the classes will include the CIRAS certification as a rental car professional.


Tue, 7 Mar 2017 14:22:00 PST

In the week following Trump’s travel ban, approximately $185 million in business travel bookings were lost as the uncertainty surrounding travel in general had a rippling effect on traveler confidence, according to the GBTA Foundation's latest business travel forecast.


Tue, 7 Mar 2017 08:53:00 PST

According to the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, car rental companies are barred from keeping passports or identification cards of their customers. Additionally, new regulations on issuing permits to rental companies were announced.


Tue, 7 Mar 2017 08:47:00 PST

NFM Group will be representing the two brands in Poland, with plans to add more rental facilities for the brands in 2017.


Mon, 6 Mar 2017 14:12:00 PST

Avis India’s self-drive service has increased its fleet size and introduced new models. The service also provides free delivery and pick up of the vehicles.


Mon, 6 Mar 2017 11:18:00 PST

Ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing plans to add an English version to its app as early as spring this year.


Mon, 6 Mar 2017 10:30:00 PST

During the month of March, Luxury Retreats guests will be provided a complimentary rental from Auto Europe when booking select villas.


Mon, 6 Mar 2017 10:22:00 PST

Hyundai’s carsharing service is expected to launch in South Korea in April, using electric vehicles such as the Hyundai Ioniq.


Mon, 6 Mar 2017 10:03:00 PST

Thrifty Car Rental is launching its Thrifty Lounge in Dubai, offering customers a chance to relax while waiting for their rental vehicles.


Fri, 3 Mar 2017 09:38:00 PST

Maven, General Motors’ mobility brand, has launched a new monthly service, Maven Reserve, in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Members pay a monthly fee to reserve a GM vehicle for 28 days.


Thu, 2 Mar 2017 14:37:00 PST

Global consulting firm Frontline Performance Group (fpg) has earned recognition as one of America’s best places to work by Fortune 100. It was named to the magazine's "100 Best Workplaces" for medium-sized companies.


Thu, 2 Mar 2017 14:10:00 PST

Mercury Insurance is now offering ride-hailing insurance to cover Uber, Lyft, and other Transportation Network Company (TNC) drivers in Texas and Georgia.


Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:07:00 PST

Sifting through the notes of Avis Budget Group’s and Hertz Global Holdings’ recent fourth quarter conference calls give us some trend lines to watch out for in 2017. (Of course, this gives us an incomplete snapshot, as Enterprise Holdings is privately held.)


Wed, 1 Mar 2017 11:10:00 PST

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has expanded its Enterprise Plus loyalty program to eight countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:36:00 PST

February’s average nationwide quote was down $4.49 from last February after decreases of $1.02 in December and $3.87 in January. All regions were down, with the Northwest down $10.92 — the biggest decrease in the five regions.


Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:31:00 PST

BMW’s ReachNow mobility service is unveiling flat rate hourly pricing of $20 for its carsharing program. Currently, ReachNow operates in Seattle, Portland, and Brooklyn.


Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:06:00 PST

In January, all model classes showed month-over-month and year-over-year price gains — except full-size SUV/CUVs, according to ADESA. Overall, wholesale used vehicle prices were up 2.8% compared to December and up 6.7% year-over-year.


Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:02:00 PST

For full-year 2016, Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has reported total revenue of $8.8 billion, a decrease of 2% from $9 billion for 2015. In 2016, Hertz’s net loss was $474 million compared to $115 million in 2015.


Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:34:00 PST

This partnership captures all rental data electronically, including video and photo, contracts, and signatures.


Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:45:00 PST

By partnering with CarTrawler, Justfly.com customers will have direct online access to CarTrawler’s variety of choices for car rental, taxi, private transfer, shuttle, and bus transfers.


Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:47:00 PST

With support of PSA Group and MAIF, an insurance company, French-based TravelCar is launching its peer-to-peer carsharing service in the United States at the Los Angeles and San Francisco airports.


Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:08:00 PST

Uber will be offering rides in its autonomous vehicles in Tempe, Ariz., two months after leaving California.


Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:00:00 PST

As part of the ride-hailing company’s 2017 expansion, Lyft has launched in 50 new U.S. cities, including Iowa City, Bismarck, N.D., Augusta, Ga., Topeka, Kan., Flint, Mich., St. Cloud, Minn., and Columbus, Ohio.


Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:56:00 PST

It's easy for small commercial fleet operators to neglect recall repairs. If "fleet" isn't your first business priority, recalls must be.


Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:02:00 PST

New-vehicle sales are expected to be down 3% compared to the same time last year, for a total of 1.3 million retail and fleet vehicles sales during February, which lowers the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) to 17.1 million compared to February 2016’s 17.6 million SAAR.


Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PST

In a recent audit, Denver Auditor Timothy O’Brien found that the Denver International Airport lost nearly $1.5 million in rental car concessions over two years.


Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:31:00 PST

Customers of Jetstar, a low-fare airlines based in Australia, will now have access to CarTrawler's network of car rental and ground transportation options.


Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:02:00 PST

Sixt rent a car has launched its new Sports & Luxury Cars website to better serve its customers. Sixt has expanded its premium vehicles fleet and set up a central reservation and advisory center.


Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:38:00 PST

In lieu of a printed event guide, the 2017 International Car Rental Show will be bringing back its mobile app, which includes the entire show program.


Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:10:00 PST

Minnesota’s Senate Tax Committee has passed a bill that would exempt carsharing from the higher tax rates charged on traditional vehicle rentals.


Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:59:00 PST

Skurt, a transportation service that delivers rental cars, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Upfront Ventures.


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:19:00 PST

Richmond Airport’s Enterprise Car Rental told police that the vehicle was stolen some time in December 2014, but it wasn’t noticed until last week after an inventory check.


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:11:00 PST

Enterprise Holdings has released its first documentary film, which features a small town in Minnesota that has produced several professional hockey players. The film is part of Enterprise’s contact strategy focused on storytelling that inspires.


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:05:00 PST

Turo, a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace, will be using Yhat’s ScienceOps software to power its car rental app. The software will provide data-driven pricing and vehicle recommendations to people listing and renting cars via the app.


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:24:00 PST

The truck segment outperformed cars and luxury car depreciation rates remained high last week, according to Black Book’s Feb. 20 Market Insights report.


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:56:00 PST

As part of the agreement, Air France passengers will receive up to a 15% discount on Hertz basic car rental and up to a 10% discount on Thrifty and Firefly basic car rental, worldwide.


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:48:00 PST

The online rental car service has appointed Supriya Uchil to chief product officer, a newly created role at the company.


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:25:00 PST

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association’s report has found that the U.K.’s new vehicle excise duty (VED) regime is going to hit the car rental industry with a 400% tax increase.


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:12:00 PST

Travelers renting cars at airports across Australia can now use their smartphones when renting a vehicle from Avis Car Rental.


Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:58:00 PST

Maven, General Motors’ mobility brand, will now be offering the Chevrolet Bolt EV in its carsharing fleet in Los Angeles. Once fully deployed, more than 100 Bolt EVs will be available.


Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:50:00 PST

At the World Travel Awards, Europcar Australia was named as “Australia’s Leading Car Rental Company” for the seventh consecutive year.


Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:42:00 PST

Tel Aviv-based DRIVE Innovation Center will connect Hertz with early-stage startups and entrepreneurs to help influence the development of innovation for smart mobility.


Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:37:00 PST

Dollar Rent A Car has opened its 26th branch in Dubai’s Motor City.


Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:22:00 PST

GrabShare, which first launched in Singapore, is a carpooling service that’s 30% cheaper than Grab’s ride-hailing rates.


Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:05:00 PST

Avis Budget Group Inc. has reported revenue of $8.7 billion for full-year 2016, an increase of 2% compared to 2015. For its fourth quarter 2016, Avis earned revenue of $1.9 billion, a 1% drop year-over-year.


Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:00:00 PST

A record number of newer model year off-lease vehicles returning to dealer lots this year will be putting significant upward pressure on the late-model used market, according to the February 2017 Edmunds Used Vehicle Market Report.


Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:40:00 PST

Here's what the future of autonomous vehicles may look like and how transportation markets are evolving along the way.


Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:38:00 PST

Independent car rental operators share their predictions for the industry — and how they will adapt to these anticipated advancements — in the next five to 10 years and beyond.


Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:35:00 PST

The keynote presentations for this year's ICRS will address the fundamental shifts in transportation, while the seminars, roundtables, and exhibits will demonstrate ways operators can improve their businesses today.


Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:27:00 PST

As technology continues to advance, ACRA commits to being the voice of the car rental industry in shaping mobility policy, including autonomous vehicles.


Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:22:00 PST

An operator has been hearing a lot about new ways to automate the car rental process, but he doesn't know where to start.


Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:20:00 PST

NHTSA's recently published guidance on cybersecurity has potentially broad implications, including limiting third-party access to OBDII ports, which are used in many fleet applications.


Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:22:00 PST

Through the partnership, Avis Budget Group is able to showcase its vehicle inventory and ancillary products/services on Travelport’s travel commerce platform.


Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:05:00 PST

Leslie Saunders, CEO and founder of Leslie Saunders Insurance Agency Inc., a provider of insurance services for the auto rental industry, has been named as an inaugural recipient of the Legacy of Leaders Award for Women of Distinction.


Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PST

Rent Centric’s self-service technology enables Green Commuter carsharing users to rent all-electric vehicles via a mobile app.


Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:58:00 PST

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. will host a live webcast discussion of its 2016 fourth quarter and full-year financial results on Tuesday Feb. 28.