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Ed Bobit Remembered As 'Force of Nature'

Family, friends, and colleagues paid their respects to Ed Bobit at a memorial service, honoring the Bobit Business Media founder and chairman as a publishing force known for his tough-but-fair approach to business and family.

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50-City Survey: June Airport Rates Flat, Differ by Region

In our inaugural 50-city survey, rate quotes for the top 50 U.S. airports remained flat in a year-over-year comparison. However, there were large differences in regional rates.

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Fleet Workshop Kicks off Auto Rental Summit

New, three-hour “fleet jam session” includes a market overview from Ricky Beggs of Black Book, a blue-ribbon panel on fleet trends and roundtables with access to a team of fleet experts.

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Rental Car Purchases Highest in Eight Years

In June, the new vehicle SAAR (seasonally adjusted annual rate) climbed to almost 17 million — with the help of higher sales into rental, according to Manheim Consulting.

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Elio Motors Launches Fleet Sales Division

Elio Motors, manufacturer of a new three-wheeled vehicle, has developed a fleet sales division to capitalize on growing interest from rental companies, businesses and municipalities.

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U.S. Business Travel Spending to Hit $292B

A Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) forecast has found that U.S.-originated business travel grew nearly 3% year-over-year. Overall, U.S.-generated business travel is expected to increase 6.8% to $292.3 billion in 2014.

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Zipcar Announces ‘Communities with Drive’ Winners

Zipcar selected 25 finalists for its “Communities with Drive” campaign that invited organizations to share their impact on their communities. In the end, Anjellicle Cats Rescue of New York took the grand prize of $50,000 in cash and $15,450 in Zipcar credits.

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Tennessee Airport to Add 3 Car Rental Companies

Once approved by Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners, Zipcar, Payless Car Rental and Sixt will begin operating at McGhee Tyson Airport near Knoxville, Tenn.

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Ford Recalls 101K Vehicles

The automaker issues six separate recalls involving models such as the Edge, Flex, Police Interceptor and Lincoln MKS.

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Hertz Launches Inspection Program

To prepare each vehicle before it’s rented, Hertz’s Certified Clean & Safe program features a 35-point checklist, including inspections of door panels, seats, windows, mirrors and lights.

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Are Renters Exhibiting a Creeping Sense of Entitlement?

Some say this attitude is more prevalent in the millennial generation. Trend or not, your focus should be on dealing with it effectively.

What Keeps Small Fleets up at Night?

Our survey of small commercial fleets reveals their top pain points, but also shows that just a little more focus on fleet could drive big improvements.

Chrysler First Looks and First Drives

An event at Chrysler’s Chelsea Proving Grounds offered a walk-around of the new Ram ProMaster City, a Ram ProMaster test drive, a test of diesel fuel economy and, finally, a worthy trial for a Power Wagon.

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