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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Joins American Express, Plenti Credit Card Rewards

The new Plenti credit card from Amex allows card holders to earn and redeem points on their purchases with major U.S. brands, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

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Zipcar Launches at American University

Under a new partnership, Zipcar will offer its car-sharing program on the American University campus in Washington, D.C.

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Hertz Updates Fleet With Over 235,000 2015-MY Vehicles

The Hertz Corp. has updated its U.S. rental car fleet with over 235,000 2015-MY vehicles so far. Vehicles range from sedans to SUVs to luxury models from several brands, including Chrysler, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Nissan, Mercedes and Toyota.

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Zipcar Expands to Seven More Airport Locations

Zipcar has expanded its carsharing service to seven more U.S. airports. With this expansion, Zipcar is now operating at more than 50 airport locations in the U.S. Canada and the United Kingdom.

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Thrifty, Hertz Take Top Ranks in Social Media Performance List

Engagement Labs, a technology and data company, has released a list of the top U.S. car rental companies based on their social media performance on Facebook and Twitter. Thrifty Car Rental took first place for Facebook while Hertz took the top spot for Twitter.

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Senators Introduce Bill to Curb Rental Car Taxes

U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have introduced S. 1164, the Ending Discriminatory Rental Car Taxes on Automobile Renters (EDSTAR) Act, to prohibit states from imposing new taxes on rental cars.

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Avis Budget Sees Slight Revenue Decrease in Q1

Avis Budget Group Inc. has reported revenue of $1.9 billion for its first quarter 2015, a 1% decline compared first quarter 2014. This is primarily due to a 5% increase in rental days in the Americas, offset by an approximately $85 million negative impact from movements in currency exchange rates.

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ACRA, Auto Safety Groups Support Car Rental Recall Bill

On May 1, the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives by a bipartisan group of legislators.This legislation is backed by ACRA, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) and several other auto safety groups.

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Bluebird Partners with Rental Insurance Program

By partnering with Bluebird Auto Rental Systems and using its custom software reports, V3 Insurance looks to reduce the amount of reporting requirements for its rental car operator clients. Plus, Bluebird customers will now have access to V3 Insurance services.

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Avis, Budget Recognized in Top 50 'Green' Brands

Avis Budget Group Inc. announced that its two flagship vehicle rental brands, Avis Car Rental and Budget Car Rental, have been named among America's top 50 "green" brands.

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The Promise of Telematics for Small Fleets

Did you know women really are safer drivers than men? Using this and other types of big data to analyze risk is the new frontier for small fleets.

How Phil LeBeau Got it Wrong

The CNBC airline and auto reporter made some questionable assumptions as to the health of the car rental industry.

“Total Loss” Category Causing Unneeded Losses for Fleets

On Carfax and AutoCheck’s vehicle history reports, the category “Total Loss” is often used for vehicles that are satisfactorily repaired. Is that fair?

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