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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:52:00 PST

Two new autonomous vehicle project partnerships bring the importance of fleet management to the fore.


Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:18:00 PST

Apple is leasing a small fleet of vehicles from Donlen, Hertz's fleet management division, to test its self-driving technology.


Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:50:00 PST

Under the multi-year agreement, Avis Budget Group will enhance selected rental facilities to offer secure parking for Waymo's fleet as well as automotive services, including oil changes, tire rotations, and installation of automotive parts.


Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:49:00 PST

Europcar Group has announced its 20% minority investment in SnappCar, a peer-to-peer carsharing service. This investment will help Europcar expand its mobility solutions.


Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:48:00 PST

Sixt and Malaysia Airlines have announced a global partnership that will offer customers 500 frequent flyer miles for each Sixt car rental booking.


Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:28:00 PST

Canadian-based CarShare Atlantic has launched FLEX, its one-way carsharing service in the city of Halifax.


Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:06:00 PST

For the eighth consecutive year, Europcar was named Australasia’s Leading Car Rental Company at the 24th annual World Travel Awards.


Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:58:00 PST

In fiscal year 2016, Enterprise Holdings' impact on the Canadian economy was nearly $2.8 billion due to vehicle purchases, company-wide purchases, taxes, payroll, charitable giving, and United Way donations.


Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:54:00 PST

Special discounts on Hertz car rental services are offered to customers who book flights with Lufthansa airlines.


Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:45:00 PST

The most recent brand, nationwide, regional, and top 50 airport rental rate survey results will now be provided to subscribers every week for a moderate fee.


Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:00 PST

Sixt has opened a new franchise location serving customers at Indianapolis International Airport. Tom Wood Group is the franchisee of the new branch.


Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:19:00 PST

Mex Rent A Car has opened a new affiliate location at Marrakech Airport in Morocco. This is Mex’s first office in Africa.


Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:22:00 PST

Europcar Group has announced the acquisition of Goldcar, a European-based low cost car rental company.


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:30:00 PST

The city of Atlanta will collect auto rental taxes through 2047 to help fund major upgrades to Philips, a downtown sports and entertainment complex, which includes Philips Arena.


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:19:00 PST

Uber Founder Travis Kalanick has stepped down as the ride-hailing service's CEO after pressure from investors.


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:14:00 PST

Enterprise Holdings employees voted CEO Pam Nicholson in at No. 21, making her the highest-ranking woman among the 100 U.S. chief executives recognized by Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards.


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:10:00 PST

Maven Gig drivers are provided access to vehicles they can use for independent gigs, such as package delivery, food or grocery delivery, and ride sharing.


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:06:00 PST

This award honors organizations that demonstrate achievements and sustained commitment to the pursuit of corporate responsibility. Hertz currently has seven LEED green building program certified locations throughout the U.S.


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:00:00 PST

Enterprise’s carsharing service is no longer available in Chicago after theft and vandalism has caused a lack of available vehicles.


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:59:00 PST

Five segment-winning Kia vehicles include the Soul (Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle), Forte (Compact Car), Cadenza (Large Car), Niro (Small SUV), and Sorento (Midsize SUV).


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:50:00 PST

In Utica, N.Y., city zoning board members approved a plan to use the property on Oriskany Street as an auto rental business.


Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PST

Prices consignors booked from off-lease fleet vehicles fell 0.2% in May, but remain up 3.5% from a year ago, Tom Kontos wrote in his monthly Kontos Kommentary.


Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:28:00 PST

The recall, set to begin June 30, covers more than 161,000 vehicles in the 2015 and 2016 model years.


Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:58:00 PST

TravelCar, a French-based peer-to-peer carsharing provider, has entered the U.S. market, selecting Los Angeles as its headquarters and Los Angeles International Airport for its first U.S. operation.


Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:42:00 PST

BlueLA Electric Car Sharing Program will help Los Angeles meet its clean air goals, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide residents of some of its most disadvantaged communities with self-service access to electric vehicles.


Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:36:00 PST

Avis Budget Group Inc. has teamed up with RocketSpace, a technology campus for start-ups and corporate innovators, to identify market opportunities and fuel cross-industry innovation.


Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:26:00 PST

Effective immediately, car2go vehicles in Vancouver, Canada, will be refueled by Filld's mobile fueling service, with service in Portland, Ore., beginning soon.


Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:56:00 PST

Since 2003, easyJet customers have rented a car with Europcar and have taken advantage of exclusive rates on rental services, including the lowest price guarantee.


Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:19:00 PST

With this acquisition, Canadian-based Via Route Car and Truck Rentals adds 19 locations to its brand.


Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:18:00 PST

The Gustavson Brand Trust Index, which measures Canadian consumers’ opinions about corporate and product brands, has named Enterprise Rent-A-Car as the 2017 winner for the car rental category.


Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:09:00 PST

Ridecell Inc., a carsharing and ridesharing platform provider, has announced that its mobility platform will power a new carsharing program that's part of Volkswagen Group Poland.


Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:02:00 PST

Auto Europe, a global car rental aggregator, has sponsored a French road trip sweepstakes where the winner receives a golf weekend in France complete with a round of golf, two nights of accommodations, and a luxury car rental.


Fri, 9 Jun 2017 14:42:00 PST

Used vehicle prices experienced a reversal in May, falling 1.2% from the previous month, according to Black Book.


Fri, 9 Jun 2017 08:46:00 PST

Zipcar’s expansion to Taipei, Taiwan, marks the first major city launch in Asia for the brand.


Thu, 8 Jun 2017 16:29:00 PST

Set to begin June 30, the recall covers 437,400 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport compact SUVs in the 2013-2017 model years.


Thu, 8 Jun 2017 15:15:00 PST

International car rental company Green Motion has continued its network expansion in Greece with the most recent opening near Kalamata International Airport.


Thu, 8 Jun 2017 13:49:00 PST

Aeroméxico passengers can now book car rental at the best available rates for Hertz and Firefly in Mexico and with Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, and Firefly in any of the airline's other world destinations.


Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:32:00 PST

Wholesale values for used vehicles reach a record-high of 127.9, while new vehicle sales dropped 2% compared to last year.


Wed, 7 Jun 2017 10:49:00 PST

Brian Canin and Andrew Almand protested with picket signs at the Sixt Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale locations on Wednesday May 31.


Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:15:00 PST

Franchise Services of North America (FSNA), franchisors of the U-Save brand, has reported its Q1 revenue at $2,580,345.


Tue, 6 Jun 2017 14:43:00 PST

Ridecell Inc., a carsharing and ride-hailing platform provider, is providing the technology infrastructure for Gig Car Share, a new carsharing service launched by AAA Northern California, Nevada, and Utah.


Tue, 6 Jun 2017 14:33:00 PST

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has named Avis Budget Group Inc. as a 2017 ACC Value Champion. Avis Budget's legal department earned the award for its Legal Transformation Program.


Tue, 6 Jun 2017 14:25:00 PST

Silvercar is now offering incentives aimed at introducing travel agents and their clients to its airport car-rental business.


Tue, 6 Jun 2017 14:19:00 PST

Through the partnership, Enterprise is producing custom movie-themed digital content and promotion in branches throughout the country.


Tue, 6 Jun 2017 10:13:00 PST

Global consulting firm Frontline Performance Group (FPG) has launched IN-Gauge, a performance management tool, which analyzes customer and employee behavior, recognizes opportunities, and identifies KPIs.


Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PST

“It is expected that we will see more declines in the Index in the months ahead as we move deeper into the year, particularly driven by softness among car segments,” said Anil Goyal, senior vice president of Automotive Valuation and Analytics for Black Book.


Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:36:00 PST

A trip to a new car rental convention in Guangzhou reveals a booming market, yet one facing unique challenges.


Fri, 2 Jun 2017 09:29:00 PST

The comprehensive pricing solution combines Rate-Highway’s rate automation technology and the artificial intelligence capabilities that Perfect Price brings to the industry.


Wed, 31 May 2017 10:15:00 PST

In May, the rate quotes were down $1.44 — the sixth month in a row that rates have been down. The Northeast and Midwest regions were up $8.39 and $6.16, respectively. Boston had the highest average rate quote of $94.13.


Wed, 31 May 2017 09:42:00 PST

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Eastern Oklahoma informed attorney general of four states of its investigation into the complaint history of Payless Car Rental. Over 830 complaints have been filed against Payless in the past three years.


Wed, 31 May 2017 09:37:00 PST

Alphabet's mapping and navigation app, Waze, will launch its carpooling service in southern California on June 6 in an expansion of the service that's now available in northern California and Israel.


Wed, 31 May 2017 09:17:00 PST

After operating for six months, BMW’s ReachNow has expanded its carsharing service in Brooklyn to include more neighborhoods. It’s also offering a new price for weekday rentals.


Tue, 30 May 2017 15:53:00 PST

The rate of depreciation among car segments continued to accelerate last week, particularly among mid-size, full-size, and subcompact cars, according to Black Book’s May 29 Market Insights report.


Tue, 30 May 2017 14:53:00 PST

Ride-hailing Lyft will soon be able to pick up and drop off passengers at Syracuse Hancock International Airport. Uber hasn’t reached out yet about operating at the airport.


Tue, 30 May 2017 14:44:00 PST

Paid for by rental car customer user fees, John Glenn Columbus International Airport will open a new rental car facility in 2020.


Tue, 30 May 2017 11:00:00 PST

Held last week in Guangzhou, China, the International Car Rental Trade Fair and Festival drew some 500 attendees and featured about 50 exhibitors.


Fri, 26 May 2017 09:23:00 PST

The three brands are now operating in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, following the signing of a multi-brand partnership agreement with franchise partner Andrew The Car Rental Co. (Pvt) Ltd.


Fri, 26 May 2017 08:59:00 PST

Europcar Group has signed an agreement to acquire Buchbinder, a car rental company in Germany. Buchbinder has a network of 152 locations with a fleet of over 20,000 vehicles.


Fri, 26 May 2017 08:46:00 PST

As part of its Fill Your Tank initiative to address nutritional uncertainty, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation has donated the first of six annual donations of over 80,000 euros to the Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel eV in Germany.


Fri, 26 May 2017 08:40:00 PST

Lurento, a European-based luxury car rental company, has expanded its rental service to Spain. Currently, it also operates in Italy, Germany, Monaco, Austria, and Switzerland.


Fri, 26 May 2017 08:31:00 PST

The RATP group is investing in the Paris subsidiary of Communauto, a carsharing service. In Paris, the RATP group runs metro lines, bus lines, and shuttle services to the airports.


Thu, 25 May 2017 11:37:00 PST

Enterprise Holdings Inc. has announced plans to enter the Vietnam market with its Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent A Car brands. It has appointed MP Logistics as its franchisee.


Wed, 24 May 2017 09:25:00 PST

As the market approaches the tail end of the spring season, wholesale values for both cars and trucks are on the decline, according to Black Book’s May 22 Market Insights Report.


Wed, 24 May 2017 09:03:00 PST

Texas legislature approved HB 100, a bill that eliminates local ordinances for transportation network companies (TNCs). This legislation will help Lyft to re-enter Houston and for both Uber and Lyft to re-enter Austin, Corpus Christi, and Galveston.


Tue, 23 May 2017 10:12:00 PST

Mex Rent A Car has launched a new website that is focused on having a better mobile experience for customers.


Mon, 22 May 2017 17:04:00 PST

Pittsburgh has begun to reevaluate its relationship with Uber and the self-driving cars the company has been testing in the city, claiming the ride hailing company has reneged on several promises made to city officials and Mayor Bill Peduto.


Mon, 22 May 2017 16:34:00 PST

Maven’s Alex Keros shares insights into evolving smart mobility business models and new opportunities with fleet management.


Mon, 22 May 2017 15:38:00 PST

Avis Car Rental’s connected cars will automate fuel and mileage readings. By early 2018, Avis expects 50,000 more vehicles to become fully connected cars.


Mon, 22 May 2017 15:32:00 PST

HyreCar, a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace that connects vehicle owners with potential drivers, can now directly sign up drivers for Lyft in Los Angeles.


Mon, 22 May 2017 15:27:00 PST

Omaha’s Eppley Airfield will be adding a new six-story garage during its renovation project. The car rental booths will be placed in a new customer center next to the new garage.


Mon, 22 May 2017 15:22:00 PST

In 2017, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) forecasts a loss of over $1.3 billion in travel-related expenditures for U.S. business travelers, including rental cars, hotels, and food.


Fri, 19 May 2017 16:09:00 PST

The recall, driven by concerns for child passengers, covers more than 55,000 subcompact cars in the 2016 and 2017 model years.


Thu, 18 May 2017 15:07:00 PST

During the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home, an increase of 2.7% travelers than last year.


Thu, 18 May 2017 11:36:00 PST

Enterprise Truck Rental has opened a new facility in Southern Indiana in the city of New Albany.


Thu, 18 May 2017 10:45:00 PST

Average wholesale prices increased in April from March and from a year ago on the strength of truck values, but several benchmark segments in fleet lease sales are showing weakness, said Tom Kontos in his monthly commentary.


Wed, 17 May 2017 09:27:00 PST

The American Car Rental Association’s (ACRA) Mobility Task Force held a “Day in D.C.” to promote the car rental industry’s interest in the public policy debate on the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles.


Wed, 17 May 2017 09:11:00 PST

According to the Certify SpendSmart Report for Q1 2017, ride hailing now accounts for 59% of all ground transportation transactions. Car rental accounts for 31% of transactions while the taxi industry only takes 10%.


Wed, 17 May 2017 09:04:00 PST

Our Community CarShare Sacramento offers residents of three public housing complexes free access to electric Kia Souls. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) provided a $1.3 million grant to the program.


Tue, 16 May 2017 15:48:00 PST

JUCY RV is now offering a new delivery service that will bring its RV minivan to a customer’s doorstep. Additionally, all locations, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco Bay Area, are now providing pick-ups and drop offs 24 hours a day.


Tue, 16 May 2017 15:38:00 PST

For the 10th time, CollegeGrad.com has ranked Enterprise Rent-A-Car as the No. 1 Entry-Level Employer for 2017.


Tue, 16 May 2017 15:24:00 PST

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards was voted the Best Rewards Program in the Drive category across every geographic region in the world for the sixth consecutive year.


Tue, 16 May 2017 12:15:00 PST

U.K.-based car rental company Green Motion continues its expansion in Europe by opening a franchise location at Ljubljana Airport in Slovenia.


Tue, 16 May 2017 08:48:00 PST

In Q1, Europcar reported revenue of 439 million euros — up 6.6% compared to first quarter 2016. Adjusted earnings were negative 6 million euros versus negative 5 million euros during the same period last year.


Mon, 15 May 2017 16:46:00 PST

Used vehicles increased 0.4% in value in April, as buyers boosted the value of smaller cars, which have begun to shrug off several years of heavier declines, according to Black Book.


Mon, 15 May 2017 16:05:00 PST

Maven has expanded its carsharing operations in New York City. Now more than 80 vehicles are available in Manhattan for hourly or daily reservations.


Mon, 15 May 2017 15:57:00 PST

The City of Seattle has installed 20 DC fast charging locations for plug-in electrified vehicles in the ReachNow car-sharing network that was funded by a $1.2 million grant from BMW, the automaker announced.


Mon, 15 May 2017 14:25:00 PST

DriveNow, the carsharing service operated by the BMW Group and Sixt SE, is bringing its carsharing service to Finland’s capital city on May 24. The service will start with 150 BMW and Mini models.


Mon, 15 May 2017 10:16:00 PST

Europcar Group has announced the acquisition of its Danish franchisee. Europcar Denmark has a network of 40 branches across Denmark.


Mon, 15 May 2017 10:10:00 PST

Centriz Costa Rica Corp., operator of the brands Budget Car Rental and Apex Car Rental, was accredited as one of the best corporations to work for at the Central American level.


Mon, 15 May 2017 09:33:00 PST

Members of Enterprise Car Club, the U.K.-based carsharing service, now have access to a new mobile app, available for the first time on Android as well as iOS.


Mon, 15 May 2017 08:25:00 PST

Rhodium Car Rental has partnered with Rentcars.com, a car rental price comparison site that operates in over 140 countries worldwide.


Fri, 12 May 2017 14:42:00 PST

Avis Budget Group Inc. has announced the resignation of David B. Wyshner, president and chief financial officer. Martyn Smith, who previously served as finance director of the company's Avis Budget EMEA subsidiary, will serve as interim chief financial officer.


Fri, 12 May 2017 14:30:00 PST

Routes Car Rental, a Canadian-based car rental company, has announced it will open an off-airport location that will serve the Vancouver International Airport.


Wed, 10 May 2017 11:47:00 PST

Personal observations of retail and travel transactions reveal just how much a consumer’s time is worth today, and how increasingly intolerant we are of inefficient transactions.