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Can Alt Fuels Survive the Era of Low-Priced Gas?

Before jumping in, fleets considering alternative fuels or power must define their use cases and tailor them to the solution more than ever before.

Before jumping in, fleets considering alternative fuels or power must define their use cases and tailor them to the solution more than ever before. READ MORE

Tags: Biodiesel, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas, Hybrid Trucks, Fleet Technology Expo

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, August 27, 2015 4:10 PM | » Comments(0)

Implications of Auto Manufacturers Renting Cars

Should car rental companies be worried?

Should car rental companies be worried? READ MORE

Tags: Zipcar, Carsharing, car2go, DriveNow, Enterprise CarShare, Mobility

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 3:26 PM | » Comments(0)

Six Must-Haves to Prevail as an Independent Rental Company

You can’t run a car rental business with the idea that you’re going to simply “rent cars.” READ MORE

Tags: independent operators, Car Rental Industry, Niche Markets

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, August 12, 2015 3:37 PM | » Comments(1)

An Unusual Fleet Safety Story

A rural power co-op needed a way for a lineman to call for help should an emergency situation arise. Five months later, the solution was put to good use.

A lineman for a power company in Oklahoma was in the bucket of this truck when it caught fire. He used a key fob "panic button" to alert authorities to the emergency and evacuated safely.

A rural power co-op needed a way for a lineman to call for help should an emergency situation arise. Five months later, the solution was put to good use. READ MORE

Tags: Telematics, driver safety, GPS Insight

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:32 AM | » Comments(0)

This is the Auto Rental Summit Manifesto

To understand what Auto Rental Summit is, what it’s not and what it can be, read this.

To understand what Auto Rental Summit is, what it’s not and what it can be, read this. READ MORE

Tags: Auto Rental Summit, Auto Rental News Professional of the Year, Renter Rated Award

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, July 29, 2015 9:40 AM | » Comments(2)

John Tague and the New Hertz

Today’s conference call was the debutant ball for Hertz’s new CEO, in which he set the company’s direction on regaining market share, fixing Dollar and Thrifty, the threat from Uber, Hertz’s exit from carsharing, prepaid rentals and more.

Today’s conference call was the debutant ball for Hertz’s new CEO, in which he set the company’s direction on regaining market share, fixing Dollar and Thrifty, the threat from Uber, Hertz’s exit from carsharing, prepaid rentals and more. READ MORE

Tags: Hertz, Quarterly Earnings, John Tague

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, July 17, 2015 2:31 PM | » Comments(8)

The Off-Leases are Coming! Are You Ready?

The used car market will face a confluence of factors to make 2016 a challenging year.

The used car market will face a confluence of factors to make 2016 a challenging year. READ MORE

Tags: Leasing, Depreciation, Manheim, NADA, Used Car Market, Tom Webb

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, July 15, 2015 11:06 AM | » Comments(1)

Potential Impacts of New Truck Emissions Standards

History tells us to plan for disruption.

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:01 AM | » Comments(0)

It’s Time to Pass the Recall Bill

The death of a renter in a vehicle under open recall underscores the need for federal recall legislation.

The death of a renter in a vehicle under open recall underscores the need for federal recall legislation. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, July 1, 2015 3:42 PM | » Comments(0)

How Much Does Driving Style Affect MPG?

We conducted three tests using an in-vehicle data logger with surprising results — and some questions on whether one car’s computer is telling the truth on fuel economy.

We conducted three tests using an in-vehicle data logger with surprising results — and some questions on whether one car’s computer is telling the truth on fuel economy. READ MORE

Tags: Idling, EPA, Fuel Economy, OBDII, FleetCarma

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:46 PM | » Comments(0)

Would Car Rental in Europe Benefit from Consolidation?

A market controlled by brokered transactions will continue to suffer price pressures and customer service issues.

A market controlled by brokered transactions will continue to suffer price pressures and customer service issues. READ MORE

Tags: Consolidation, prepaid rentals, Auto Europe, European Union, Brokers, Thermeon

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, June 10, 2015 12:13 PM | » Comments(1)

Where is Car Rental Growing?

A recent report predicts that global car rental revenues will double by 2020 — but from where?

A recent report predicts that global car rental revenues will double by 2020 — but from where? READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:07 AM | » Comments(2)

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. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:09 PM | » Comments(1)

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.

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

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Car Rental Rates

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, May 13, 2015 12:44 PM | » Comments(1)

“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?

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

Tags: Remarketing, Carfax, Collision Repair, Salvage Vehicles, AutoCheck

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:42 PM | » Comments(2)

Deconstructing the 2015 International Car Rental Show

We’re opening a much bigger umbrella today, drawing car rental companies — and mobility providers — from all corners of the globe.

We’re opening a much bigger umbrella today, drawing car rental companies — and mobility providers — from all corners of the globe. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, April 16, 2015 3:51 PM | » Comments(0)

Auto Recalls: A Return to Normalcy in 2015?

Don’t count on it.

Don’t count on it. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, April 1, 2015 1:56 PM | » Comments(0)

What Makes a Good Dealership Rental Manager?

Car dealerships thinking about starting a rental program should consider these seven points before making their first key decision, hiring a rental manager.

Car dealerships thinking about starting a rental program should consider these seven points before making their first key decision, hiring a rental manager. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 18, 2015 2:11 PM | » Comments(1)

5 Work Truck Trends (and One Game-Changing Innovation)

These trend lines were gathered from the Work Truck Show, one of the year’s key mileposts to take stock of the industry.

This new propane auto gas dispenser makes propane refueling as easy as pumping retail gasoline.

These trend lines were gathered from the Work Truck Show, one of the year’s key mileposts to take stock of the industry. READ MORE

Tags: Telematics, Upfitting, Work Truck Show, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, CNG Conversions, CNG, Hybrid Trucks

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, March 12, 2015 11:36 AM | » Comments(0)

Gaining Insight beyond the Quarterly Headlines

Digging deeper into the most recent public statements by Avis Budget Group and Hertz reveal direction on the market, including growing the deep-discount segment, ancillary sales drivers, Hertz’s ship-righting and Zipcar’s first franchise (you heard correctly). READ MORE

Tags: Zipcar, Avis Budget Group, Quarterly Report, Hertz Global Holdings Inc., Ancillary Revenue

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, March 3, 2015 5:25 PM | » Comments(0)

Is the U.S. Heading to Calif.-like Emissions Standards?

New federal air quality rules will affect hundreds more counties across the country, and fleets are in the cross hairs. Is your area on the list?

The federal government is tightening the Clean Air Act, and the new standards may affect fleets in as many as 558 counties.

New federal air quality rules will affect hundreds more counties across the country, and fleets are in the cross hairs. Is your area on the list? READ MORE

Tags: CARB, SCAQMD, EPA, NOx, Clean Air Act, Diesel Particulate Filter, ozone

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, March 3, 2015 9:13 AM | » Comments(1)

6 Growing Transportation Problems - and Potential Solutions

They may not affect car rental today, but they will. Will you be part of the solution?

They may not affect car rental today, but they will. Will you be part of the solution? READ MORE

Tags: Car Sharing, Lyft, Uber, Shared-Use Mobility, Ride Sharing, bike sharing

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, February 25, 2015 1:41 PM | » Comments(1)

Are 4x4 Pickups Worth the Extra Cost?

Fuel economy numbers, resale data and fleet use data dispel some commonly held beliefs when it comes to four-wheel drive pickups versus their two-wheel drive counterparts.

Fuel economy numbers, resale data and fleet use data dispel some commonly held beliefs when it comes to four-wheel drive pickups versus their two-wheel drive counterparts. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, February 19, 2015 11:29 AM | » Comments(1)

Dangerous Precedent in Airport Negotiations

Some concession agreements now include “loss-of-use recovery” toward gross receipts — essentially equating it to revenues.

Some concession agreements now include “loss-of-use recovery” toward gross receipts — essentially equating it to revenues. READ MORE

Tags: Loss of Use, airport fees, damage claims, Koenig v. PurCo

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, February 11, 2015 11:47 AM | » Comments(1)

Big Government versus the Small Operator

The new rules drafted by the California Air Resources Board are designed to clean up the environment — but the expensive retrofit facing one truck driver is tough to swallow.

The new rules drafted by the California Air Resources Board are designed to clean up the environment — but the expensive retrofit facing one truck driver is tough to swallow. READ MORE

Tags: CARB, Regulations, Medium-Duty Trucks, California Air Resources Board, Diesel Particulate Filter

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:01 AM | » Comments(2)

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