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.

2015 Ford Focus Aims for Best Compact Fuel Economy

Ford is hoping to raise the bar in fuel efficiency among non-hybrid compact cars with its updated 2015 Focus by adding a new 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

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Car Rental Show Draws 800-Plus Attendees

Located at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from April 7-8, this year’s Car Rental Show featured an expanded agenda and exhibit hall, year-over-year growth in attendance and a solid international presence.

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Enterprise CMO Gives Keynote at Car Rental Show

At this year’s Car Rental Show in Las Vegas, keynote speaker Pat Farrell, chief marketing & communications officer for Enterprise Holdings, discussed how car rental businesses need to adapt to innovative technologies and changing customer preferences, according to a press release by Enterprise Holdings.

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Doris Cassan Wins Russell Bruno Award

At the 2014 Car Rental Show, Doris Cassan received this year’s Russell Bruno Award for outstanding service to the auto rental industry.

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End of March Airport Rates Jump Dramatically

After a strong January and an almost flat February and early March, the rate quotes jumped dramatically in the last two weeks of March, according to Rate-Highway's monthly rate survey. In March, the rates increased $8.64 from a year ago.

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Manheim: Used Vehicle Prices Increase 3.3% in March

Wholesale used vehicle prices continued to increase and rose 0.9% in March. The Manheim Used Vehicle Index now stands at 124.4, an increase of 3.3% from a year ago.

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Fox Expands Global Affiliate Program

Los Angeles-based Fox Rent-A-Car continues to expand its affiliate program by adding 15 new locations in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.

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National Offers Kia K900 Luxury Sedan

Beginning mid-April, Kia Motors America will exclusively offer the all-new 2015 K900 luxury sedan through National Car Rental’s “Premier Selection,” a special section of the rental lot where customers can choose from a variety of upscale vehicles.

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FSNA Receives Cease Trade Order

After failing to file its audited annual financial statements and interim financial report, Franchise Services of America Inc. was issued a cease trade order by the Alberta Securities Commission on April 1.

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Budget Customer Arrested for Drugs in Rental Car

Port Authority police set up a sting at the Budget Rent A Car location at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport to catch a man who left a stash of heroin in a rental vehicle.

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A Call for Recall Preparedness

In light of the massive recent automotive recalls, car rental companies should prepare for the Big One by acting out a “recall fire drill.”

What I Learned at the 2014 Car Rental Show

If the Car Rental Show is an indicator of the health of the industry, the North American market is doing well — while the "growth markets" are really taking off.

Remembering Elaine Litwer

On the fifth anniversary of Elaine Litwer’s death, I’m brought back to the work she did to repeal vicarious liability. But it’s also caused me to reflect on the mentors in my life.

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