Car & Truck Rental News

Browse the latest breaking news across the automotive rental industry covering fleet acquisition, remarketing, rental software, GPS & telematics, fleet insurance and financing, rental operations, risk management, technological innovations and shifting market conditions.

Toyota to Feature Safety Technology at Car Rental Show

During the International Car Rental Show's exhibit hours, Toyota’s booth will provide show attendees with a virtual reality experience of the technology’s safety features.

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Zipcar Study Reveals Urbanites’ Attitudes on Autonomous Cars

In Zipcar’s latest Urbanite Study, two in five urbanite respondents plan to sell their cars, while 83% of respondents believe automated cars will be on streets in their lifetime.

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November Rates Flat Over 2015

November rates are up $.05 over November 2015, while 12 months to November averaged a small $0.31 decrease.

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EPA Retains 2025 Emissions Targets

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed leaving in place its emissions standards for light-duty vehicles through 2025 in a move that's expected to face opposition from automakers.

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Massachusetts to Conduct Uber and Lyft Background Checks a Year Early

The state’s new agreement with Uber and Lyft will ban drivers who do not pass or follow the background check system by April 3.

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Mazda Starts Production of Next-Gen CX-5

Mazda has begun building its next generation CX-5 compact SUV that will arrive in 2017 with an optional diesel engine, Mazda has announced.

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AlphaCity Car Sharing Passes 1M Shared Miles

AlphaCity vehicles in the UK have travelled a combined 1,022,084 miles for the year to date.

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JustRide Start-up Shifts to Peer-to-Peer Business Model in India

The Bengaluru-based start-up has recently raised $3 million and switched to a peer-to-peer car sharing platform to grow its business.

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Car Rental Companies to Face Vehicle Excise Tax Increase in the UK

The UK government plans to roll out a vehicle excise tax in 2017 that will result in an increase for car rental companies.

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Selfdrive.In Plans to Launch in UAE in January 2017

The car rental company will launch in Dubai with a fleet of 1,500 cars by early January.

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Getaround Partners With CityCarshare

The partnership will add more than 200 vehicles to San Francisco-based Getaround’s fleet and City CarShare members will now arrange rentals through Getaround’s app.

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How Intelligent Transport Systems Affect Car Rental

Intelligent Transport Systems such as self-driving vehicles and mobility services like ride hailing are changing the transportation industry. If car rental companies do not adapt, they risk becoming obsolete.

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Avis Budget, Didi Chuxing Establish Global Partnership

Through this partnership, Avis Budget Group and Didi Chuxing will coordinate product, technology, and local marketing resources to provide Didi Chuxing's registered users with car rental service in approximately 175 countries.

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Eco Rent A Car Named Best Ground Transport Company in India

Eco Rent A Car has been given the National Tourism Award by the Ministry of Tourism as the Best Ground Transport Company in India.

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Hertz Loyalty Program Celebrates Fifth Anniversary in Europe

To celebrate Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program’s fifth anniversary in Europe, Hertz is offering members the chance to win anniversary prizes when they book and complete a qualifying rental between Nov. 16 and Dec. 15.

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Mex Rent A Car Opens 5 Locations in Puerto Rico

Mex Rent A Car has launched in Puerto Rico with five new affiliate locations in San Juan, Aguadilla, Isla Grande, Fajardo-Ceiba, and Dorado.

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Avis Lebanon Named Licensee of the Year

Avis Lebanon has been honored as Licensee of the Year in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. Avis Iceland and Avis Russia were recognized for outstanding achievement.

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Navotar’s Software Now Offers Payment Solutions

Navotar, a car rental software provider, has partnered with Cardknox Development Inc., a payment gateway specializing in EMV payment solutions and integration.

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In Memoriam: Rick Mullinax, Executive Vice President of MCar

Rick Mullinax, executive vice president of MCar, died on Nov. 12 in Los Angeles. Under his leadership, MCar has grown from four rental locations to 10 locations throughout Los Angeles and San Diego.

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Rent-A-Wreck's Pat Bowie Visits Capitol Hill

Pat Bowie, the director of training and development for International Franchise Systems (IFS), owners of the Rent-A-Wreck, Priceless, and Nextcar brands, recently visited Capitol Hill with the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Maryland team.

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car2go to Cease Operations in Twin Cities, San Diego

car2go plans to suspend its carsharing service in the Twin Cities and San Diego by the end of the year. In San Diego, car2go hasn’t seen enough business to continue while it has faced high rental car taxes in the Twin Cities.

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