Sixt Adds 25 Franchise Locations in Saudi Arabia

By partnering with Saudi Arabia’s Auto World Rent a Car, Sixt will now offer its services to customers at 25 locations in Saudi Arabia.

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Ride-Hailing Grab Gets Funding From Tokyo Century

Tokyo Century, a financial services company, will be funding leasing and car rental options for Grab drivers in its six countries of operation in Southeast Asia.

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Maven Carsharing Launches in Canada

General Motors’ carsharing service has started a pilot program in downtown Kitchener in Ontario, Canada.

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Shouqi Car Rental Receives $309M in Funding

The funding will go into expanding Beijing-based Shouqi Car Rental’s fleet, as well as improving its marketing and technology.

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Perth Passengers in Favor of Security Cameras in Ubers

In a recent poll in Perth, Australia, 73% of females and 67% of males voted in favor of adding security cameras to Uber ride-hailing vehicles.

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Vehicle Logistics Firms MetroGistics, AmeriFleet to Merge

The merger will consolidate the fleet-related services of both companies with the goal of targeting new markets and service lines.

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Volvo to Establish Car Sharing Unit in Sweden

Volvo’s new business unit is based around Sunfleet, a car sharing company based in Sweden.

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Eco Rent A Car Appoints New CEO

India-based Eco Rent A Car has named Gautam Nath as its new CEO.

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Schoolber Ride-Hailing App Launches in Singapore

Schoolber provides a ride-hailing option to help transport children to school in Singapore.

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Dollar Opens New Location at Oman Airport

Dollar Rent A Car has opened a new branch at the Muscat International Airport in Oman.

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Zipcar Names New President

Tracey Zhen has been appointed as Zipcar’s president. Zhen replaces Kaye Ceille, who has been named managing director of Avis Budget Australia and New Zealand.

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BMW, Mobileye, Intel Testing 40 Autonomous Vehicles in 2017

The three companies formed a partnership last July, and have since developed an BMW 7 Series that utilizes the autonomous technology of both Intel and Mobileye.

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Advantage Expands Location at Salt Lake City Airport

Advantage Rent A Car, operator of the Advantage and EZ Rent-A-Car brands (AEZ), has opened a new and expanded rental car facility at Salt Lake City International Airport.

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New Jersey Reconsiders Regulations for Ride-Hailing

New Jersey is considering implementing a bill that would increase the amount of insurance ride-hailing companies must carry and include mandatory background checks.

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Zipcar Launches in Breckenridge

Zipcar has partnered with the city of Breckenridge, Colo., to bring seven of its carsharing vehicles for residents, businesses, and visitors.

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Lyft Debuts Updated Vehicle Icon

Amp, the new Lyft vehicle icon, contains multiple LED lights that glow and change color.

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Actress Kristen Bell Stars in New Enterprise Ad

Actress Kristen Bell is featured in Enterprise’s latest TV commercial that reflects its new multimedia advertisement campaign.

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Five Business Model Trends for 2017

As new forms of mobility take flight, the borders with traditional car rental are starting to erode.

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Top 10 Auto Rental News Articles of 2016

The top 10 Auto Rental News feature articles of 2016 covered several topics including how new legislation will affect the car rental industry, franchising, corporate sales, and sustainability efforts.

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How to Reduce the Risk of Auto Rental Chargebacks

Suresh Dakshina, president of Chargeback Gurus, shares insight on why auto rental companies can be susceptible to chargebacks and tips to lessen the risk.

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Five Business Model Trends for 2017

As new forms of mobility take flight, the borders with traditional car rental are starting to erode.

Are Commercial Drone Deliveries Eminent in the U.S.?

Amazon just delivered its first package by drone in England. Will U.S. delivery fleets be able to take advantage soon?

Autonomous Vehicles and the Changing Role of the Fleet Manager

With fewer drivers and substantially longer fleet lifecycles, fleet managers will pivot to new job functions.

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