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In Memoriam: Steve Dietsch, Insurance Broker

Steve Dietsch, CEO and president of The Pinnacle Group Insurance Services, which specializes in insurance programs for the car and truck rental and leasing industry, died on July 27.


Right Cars to Open in Fort Lauderdale

To continue its U.S. expansion, U.K.-based Right Cars plans to open a franchise location at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in October.


ReachNow Carsharing Service to Launch in Portland

BMW’s ReachNow carsharing service is scheduled to launch in Portland, Ore., in September.


Nonprofit Looks to Funding for Hawaii Carsharing Program

Blue Planet Foundation, a renewable energy-focused nonprofit, is hoping to receive more than $3 million from the federal government to fund an electric carsharing program in Honolulu.


Recall Masters Integrates With Auto Rental Systems

Recall Masters Inc., a provider of automotive recall news, data, training, and communications, has announced its integration with Auto Rental Systems’ (ARS) cloud-based loaner car management system.


Sixt Turns Profit in U.S.

Sixt says June was its first profitable month in the U.S., which continued in July. Companywide revenues were up 17.1% for the first half of 2016.


Rio Olympics: How Did Car Rental Fare?

During the Summer Olympics, the Brazil car rental association expected about a 15% increase in daily rentals for the city of Rio de Janeiro.


Green Motion Launches Franchise in Romania

Green Motion’s Romania franchise has opened at Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport.


Hertz New Zealand Named Most Trusted Rental Brand

Hertz New Zealand has taken top honors in the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands Car Rental Company category for 2016.


Avis Budget Names Chief Innovation Officer

Avis Budget Group Inc. has appointed Arthur Orduna as chief innovation officer, effective August 29.


Rentalcars Connect Partners With Online Travel Agency

Rentalcars Connect, a division of, has formed a partnership agreement with Destinia, an online travel agency.


Singapore Peer-to-Peer Rental Company Opens in Shanghai, a Singapore-based peer-to-peer car rental company, has launched its long-term rental service in Shanghai.


Luxury Vehicles Have Faced Heaviest Pre-Fall Depreciation

Luxury vehicle segments have on average faced the biggest depreciation heading into fall over the last 10 years, according to an analysis of Black Book data.


Volvo to Supply Autonomous Vehicles to Uber

Volvo and Uber have formed a $300-million partnership in which the Swedish automaker will supply fully autonomous vehicles to Uber for use by the ride-sharing service by 2021.


Europcar Australia Relocates Brisbane Location

Europcar Australia has relocated its Brisbane City location to nearby Fortitude Valley.


U-Save Opens Two New Locations in Florida

U-Save Car & Truck Rental has opened two new locations in South Florida at Miami International Airport and in the city of Doral.


Zipcar to Provide Bike, Ski, Surf Racks on Vehicles

By partnering with Yakima Products Inc., Yakima’s StreamLine base rack system will be added to more than 150 Zipcar vehicles in 17 U.S. and Canadian markets.


Dublin Named Top European Pickup City for U.S. Travelers

Auto Europe, a provider of international car rental services, has released a study with the top 10 European pickup cities for U.S. travelers from Jan. 1 through June 20, 2016. Dublin was the top city for rental car pickups for U.S. travelers.


Trucks, Low Mileage Drive Wholesale Price Strength

Average whole values fell again on a month-over-month basis in July, but they remain up on a year-over-year basis mainly due to the price strength of truck and continued growth of younger, lower-mileage, higher-priced off-lease supply, according to ADESA.


Expedia, Priceline Owe State Excise Tax

A court in Hawaii ruled that online travel companies such as Expedia and Priceline must pay Hawaii’s general excise tax on certain rental car transactions.


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