Integrated Vehicle Systems, Rental Concepts Merge

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Integrated Vehicle Systems and Rental Concepts Inc. announced plans to combine the two companies under one name, Fleet Response. "The decision to combine our two companies und...

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The Technology-Driven Web World Order

The Internet’s growing role as a core revenue channel, along with other advances in technology, creates growth opportunities for RACs bold enough to adapt quickly.

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Thrifty Reopens Washington D.C. Area Locations

TULSA, Okla. -- Thrifty Car Rental is reopening its in-terminal operation at Richmond International Airport this weekend after a year-and-a-half absence. Citing customer demand, Thrifty also ann...

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New Study Says Students, Doctors More Accident Prone

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ever wonder which occupational groups are more likely to get in traffic accidents? According to a new study by Quality Planning Corp., which provides research for the insurance ...

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DTG Acquires Hartford Franchisee Operation

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group has acquired the Thrifty Car Rental franchise operation in Hartford, Conn.The acquisition, effective Nov. 1, includes the Thrifty location at Brad...

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Avis Fleet to Include 20,000 With Satellite Radio

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Avis Rent A Car System announced that XM Satellite Radio service will be included at no additional cost to customers renting a luxury or premium Avis vehicle. Rollout will be...

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Toyota Donates $1 Million to Calif. Fire Relief

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. today donated $1 million to the American Red Cross. The contribution was earmarked for relief efforts in the fire-ravaged counties of San Diego...

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Avis Third-Quarter Revenue Relatively Flat

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Cendant Corp. reported that Avis' revenue in the third quarter was down 1%. Revenue in the quarter totaled $705.4 million, compared to just under $715.2 million in the same p...

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January Remarketing Conference Set for Las Vegas

TORRANCE, Calif. -- The 2004 Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR), scheduled for Jan. 21-23 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, will feature speakers from some of the industry's leadi...

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Hertz Teams With European Online Travel Site

PARK RIDGE, N.J. -- Hertz and the European online travel site Opodo.com have teamed up to offer Opodo's customers Hertz car rental rate quotes as soon as air travel reservations are confirmed. A...

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Standard & Poor Places Hertz on CreditWatch

NEW YORK -- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said last week it placed all ratings on Hertz Corp., including the 'BBB' corporate credit rating, on CreditWatch with negative implications. The ...

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Budget to Purchase 6,000 GM Trucks

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Budget Truck Rental this month awarded General Motors Fleet an order for 6,000 light trucks, according to industry sources. Budget and Avis are part of Cendant Car Rental Gro...

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ACTIF Elects New Officers, Directors

The Association for Car and Truck Rental Independents and Franchisees (ACTIF) elected new officers and directors to its Board of Directors during the Car Rental Show held in Orlando, Fla., Octob...

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National, Alamo Agree to ADA-Compliancy Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- To settle a dispute with the Justice Department, National and Alamo this month agreed to a plan aimed at making their fleet of airport shuttle buses more accessible to parapl...

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Avis Launches Travel Agent Sweepstakes

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- To mark the 40th anniversary of its "We Try Harder" tagline, Avis Rent A Car System has launched a sweepstakes for travel agents. An agent who books a qualifying Avis rental ...

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Abrams Report Cites Airport Rates as Key to Rebound

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Strong airport rates, attractive fleet programs from the automakers, and disciplined fleet management should help the car rental industry continue to build profitability, a...

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ANC Sale to Cerberus Finalized

FT. LAUDERDALE -- Cerberus Capital Management's purchase of nearly all of ANC Rental Corp.'s assets became final on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The new parent company of Alamo and Natinal is known as Vang...

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Davis Vetoes VLF Pass-through Surcharge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gray Davis this month vetoed a proposed 5% car rental surcharge, a portion of which would have offset the industry's financial burden arising from a new Cal...

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ACTIF Concludes 2003 Membership Drive

The Association for Car and Truck Rental Independents and Franchisees (ACTIF) recently concluded its 2003 Membership Drive. The membership drive encouraged current members to recruit new member...

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ACTIF Presents Seminar Cruise to Bahamas

As part of an ongoing effort to provide educational opportunities for its members, the Association for Car and Truck Rental Independents and Franchisees (ACTIF), is presenting its 2003 education...

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