CarTrawler Appointed as Car Rental Partner to Jetstar

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.

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Sixt Launches Sports and Luxury Vehicles Website

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.

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International Car Rental Show’s Mobile App Returns

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.

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Minn. Bill Cuts Carsharing Taxes, Not Rental

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

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Skurt Raises $10M in Funding

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

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Woman Arrested After Driving Stolen Rental Vehicle for Two Years

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.

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Enterprise Holdings Debuts First Documentary Film

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.

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Turo Adds Data Management Software to App

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.

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Wholesale Truck Values Continue to Thrive, Luxury Cars Struggle

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

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Hertz and Air France Renew 28-Year Partnership

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.

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Rentalcars.com Appoints Chief Product Officer

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

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BVRLA Calls for Revisions to Vehicle Excise Duty Changes

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.

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Avis Expands App Capabilities at Australian Franchises

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

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Maven Adds Chevy Bolt to Carsharing Fleet in LA

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.

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Europcar Australia Named Top Car Rental Company

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

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Hertz Sponsors Innovation Center to Promote Mobility

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.

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Dollar Adds New Location in Dubai’s Motor City

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

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Grab Expands Carpooling Service to Malaysia, Philippines

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

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Avis Budget Increases Full-Year Revenue by 2%

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.

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Used Car Market Bracing for Off-Lease Tidal Wave

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.

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