Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty Brands Launch in Sri Lanka

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.

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Europcar Acquires German Rental Company Buchbinder

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.

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Enterprise Donates 480,000 Euros to Feed the Hungry in Germany

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.

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Lurento Launches Luxury Rental Service in Spain

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.

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Transportation Group Purchases Stake in Communauto Carsharing

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.

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Enterprise Plans to Expand Brands to Vietnam

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.

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Bill to Help Uber, Lyft Re-Enter Texas Markets

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.

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Mex Rent A Car Launches New Website

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

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Uber's Self-Driving Experiment Sours in Pittsburgh

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.

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Auto Manufacturers: Mobility Disruptors or Fleet Providers?

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

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Avis Expands Fleet of Connected Cars

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.

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HyreCar Partners With Lyft Los Angeles

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.

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Omaha Airport’s Renovation Includes New Rental Car Facility

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.

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GBTA: Geopolitical Uncertainty Spells Big Loss in Business Travel

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.

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Chevrolet Spark Recall Tied to Air Bags

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

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Highest Memorial Day Travel Predicted in 12 Years

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.

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Enterprise Truck Rental Opens New Location in Indiana

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

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April Used Prices Rise on Truck Strength, Kontos Says

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.

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ACRA Discusses Autonomous Vehicles at Capitol Hill

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.

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Ride Hailing Continues to Top Ground Transportation for Business Travelers

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%.

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