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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Memorial Day: Travel Highest Since 2005?

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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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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Sacramento Launches Electric Carsharing Program

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.

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JUCY RV Offers New Delivery Service

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.

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Enterprise Named No. 1 Entry-Level Employer

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

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Hertz Wins FlyerTalk Award for Best Rewards Program

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.

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Green Motion Opens Location at Slovenia Airport

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

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Europcar Reports Revenue Up, Earnings Down

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.

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Smaller Cars Bolster April Depreciation

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.

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Maven Expands Carsharing Service in NYC

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

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Seattle Adds 20 Fast Chargers for EVs

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.

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DriveNow Launches Carsharing Service in Helsinki

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.

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Europcar Group Purchases Danish Franchisee

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

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Centriz Costa Rica Receives ‘Great Place to Work’ Certification

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.

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