GM, Lyft Add 350 Drivers to Detroit's Express Drive

General Motors’ Maven is partnering with Lyft to enable drivers to rent vehicles for the ride-hailing service. The Express Drive program has signed up 350 drivers in metro Detroit.

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Avis Voted Best Car Rental Company by Travel Agents

Avis Car Rental has been named 2016's "Best Car Rental Company" by readers of Recommend, a magazine for travel agents.

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Jack Taylor Founding Values Award Honors Regional Subsidiaries

Enterprise Holdings Inc. has recognized 21 of its regional subsidiaries with the annual Jack Taylor Founding Values Award. These subsidiaries exemplify Jack Taylor’s founding values, including philanthropy, diversity, and business ethics.

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Zipcar Launches in Baton Rouge

Zipcar will have four carsharing vehicles available throughout the downtown area of Baton Rouge, La.

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Enterprise 50-Year Pledge Reaches 11 Million Tree Plantings

For the 11th straight year, the Enterprise 50 Million Tree Pledge has logged another million tree plantings. This pledge is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

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These Vehicles Have Been Discontinued for 2017

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles and Hyundai will discontinue the most models for the 2017 model year with FCA paring back its car offerings and Hyundai launching the Genesis luxury brand. General Motors is discontinuing its Impala CNG sedan.

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United Rental Celebrates 25th Anniversary

United Rental Group celebrated its 25th anniversary in the U.K. with a gala dinner in London attended by over 700 licensees and suppliers.

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Britain’s Rental and Leasing Sector Continues to Grow

Since the end of 2015, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has a 16% increase in members. The association currently has more than 900 members.

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Daimler Debuts Peer-to-Peer Carsharing App

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler has launched Croove, a peer-to-peer carsharing platform, as a pilot program in Munich, Germany.

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Tokyo Conducts Carshare Trial with Electric Toyotas

The carsharing trial with one-seater electric Toyotas started in Tokyo on Dec. 20.

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Atlas Choice Fails to Pay Car Rental Companies

Thousands of customers may have worthless car rental bookings through Atlas Choice this holiday season. Atlas Choice, an online rental booking agent, didn’t pay the rental companies for the bookings.

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Uber Ends Self-Driving Pilot in San Francisco

The California DMV revoked the registrations on the 16 self-driving Volvo XC90s that Uber was using in its pilot program. Uber will move the vehicles to Arizona.

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Avis Budget Completes Acquisition of France Cars

Avis Budget Group Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of France Cars, expanding the company's presence in the French vehicle rental market.

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Hertz Named Cathay Pacific's Exclusive Car Rental Provider

To celebrate the new agreement, Hertz Global has launched discounts of up to 20% on basic car rental for Cathay Pacific's passengers renting with Hertz at locations in the U.S, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia

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Audi on Demand Opens First German Location

Audi on demand, a smartphone-based daily rental service, has opened its first location in Germany at the Munich Airport.

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Avis Luxury Cars Adds Mustang to South African Fleet

Avis Luxury Cars is now offering the Ford Mustang to its customers in South Africa.

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Ride-Hailing Platform Launches in Rwanda

A new ride-hailing app called Gawana is coming to Rwanda in March. The aim is to offer travelers an alternative to buses.

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Top 10 Auto Rental News Stories of 2016

The top 10 Auto Rental News stories of 2016 from newsletter traffic covered several topics including personnel changes, financial reports, the rise of ride-hailing services, and a class-action suit.

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Bolloré to Launch Electric Carsharing Service in LA

Bolloré group’s BlueLA carsharing service is scheduled to open in Los Angeles in 2017. The program will initially include the deployment of 200 public charge points and 100 electric vehicles.

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ADESA: New Vehicle Incentives Pressure Used Pricing

A new threat to used vehicle prices seems to be arising from increased new vehicle incentives, which have been relatively benign through this cycle of price softening.

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