Zipcar, Showtime Offer Drive-In Screenings

Zipcar and SHOWTIME are collaborating for the second time to offer Zipcar members the opportunity to attend a complimentary drive-in screening of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”

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Takata Airbag Linked to Rental Customer Death

A woman who died in a car crash last September has been named as the eighth victim killed by defective Takata airbags. The woman rented the Honda Civic with the defective airbag from Sunset Car Rental in San Diego.

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June Rates Lower Than Past Two Years

The June 2015 average rate quote was down $4.85 from a year ago, according to The Tennant Group and Rate-Highway’s 50-City rate survey. Last year, a spike in recalls caused rates to increase from the third week of June and all of July, but they dropped by the last week of July.

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GM Rental Deliveries Down 45%

In June, General Motors sales were affected by a 45% drop in rental deliveries. GM said it planned this decrease to reduce rental sales in favor of retail and commercial business, which tend to be more profitable.

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Ford Launches Peer-to-Peer Carsharing Program

As part of its Smart Mobility plan, Ford Motor Credit Co. is launching a peer-to-peer carsharing pilot program in six U.S. cities and London.

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HERC Appoints New Chief Information Officer

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has announced that its Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. (HERC) subsidiary has named Richard Marani as its chief information officer (CIO). Marani joins HERC as part of its preparation for its separation from Hertz as a stand-alone company.

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Silvercar Launches First Off-Airport Location

Available July 1 through Sep. 7, Silvercar will be providing its on-demand rental service at Chelsea Hotels’ McCarren Hotel & Pool in New York City.

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Independence Day Travel Up Year-Over-Year

During the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend, 41.9 million American will journey 50 miles or more from home, a 0.7% increase from the 41.6 million people who traveled last year, according to the “AAA Independence Day Travel Forecast.”

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Avis Expands Partnership with Southwest Airlines

Avis Budget Group has entered an expanded, multi-year marketing agreement with Southwest Airlines, allowing the rental company to promote its brands to Southwest customers.

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Avis Expands in Asia

Avis Car Rental continues to expand across Asia with the opening of facilities in China, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

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It’s Time to Pass the Recall Bill

The death of a renter in a vehicle under open recall underscores the need for federal recall legislation.

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Would Car Rental in Europe Benefit from Consolidation?

A market controlled by brokered transactions will continue to suffer price pressures and customer service issues.

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