Rental Operations

There are many rental operations factors that go into running a car rental company effectively and efficiently. This channel covers all rental operations including vehicle cleaning and maintenance, marketing, training, franchising, front line performance, operator profiles and car sharing.


car2go Adds Mercedes-Benz Vehicles to Portland Fleet

car2go has updated its Portland, Ore., fleet to be fully comprised of compact Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles. The company will retire its two-seater smart fortwo vehicles.

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Maven Makes Shared Mobility Possible

Launched by General Motors in January 2016, Maven is a car-sharing service that is spreading across North America and offering technology and terms that could prove irresistible to mobile fleets.

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Enterprise Offers Disaster Relief Aid to Puerto Rico

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

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Fuel Cell Electric Carsharing Program to Launch in California

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.

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car2go Skill Now Available for Amazon Alexa

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

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Sixt Opens at San Diego International Airport

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.

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Latin American Meeting Addresses Challenges, Trends in Rental Market

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.

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Hyundai Launches Electric Carsharing Service in Amsterdam

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

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DriveNow UK Reaches 1 Million Customers

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

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Avis Budget Expands Partnership With International Airlines Group

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.

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CarHopper Raises $1.5M to Fund Expansion

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.

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Budget Costa Rica Uses Chatbot to Improve Digital Experience

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.

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Avis Iceland, Budget Lebanon Named Licensees of the Year

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.

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Eco Rent A Car Wins National Tourism Award

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

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JUCY RV Rentals Appoints General Manager

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

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Hertz Giveaway Offers Chance to Win 1M Rewards Points

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.

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Ridecell Launches Autonomous Operations Platform

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.

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Avis Budget to Announce Third Quarter Results

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

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Green Commuter Deploys Electric Carsharing Service in LA

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.

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Groupe PSA Launches Mobility Brand in Seattle

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.

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