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Hybrids: Eco or Ego?

A thorough emissions analysis will answer the question.

A thorough emissions analysis will answer the question. READ MORE

Tags: Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Emissions, Green, green fleet

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, May 5, 2011 2:31 PM | » Comments(0)

What Keeps Leasing Company Execs Up at Night?

At NAFA’s fleet conference last week, heads of the major leasing companies talked about rising oil prices, distracted driving, changing to leasing rules and managing the rush of technology. READ MORE

Tags: Telematics, NAFA, Fuel Prices, FASB, Distracted Driving, Alternative Fuels

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:15 AM | » Comments(0)

Should Car Sharing Get a Pass on Excise Taxes?

Car sharing and car rental are both part of the solution to the public’s transportation needs. The two communities are better off fighting excise taxes—as well as vicarious liability protection and recalls—together. READ MORE

Tags: vicarious liability, Zipcar, rental taxes, Recalls, Excise Taxes, Connect by Hertz

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:22 AM | » Comments(1)

Going Green in a Tough Economy

Hybrids and electric vehicles are still grabbing the most headlines. But at the NAFA Institute & Expo in Charlotte this week, the fleet industry explored more mundane ways to go green, save fuel and still keep costs in check. READ MORE

Tags: NAFA, Battery-Electric Vehicles, EVs, Telematics, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:11 PM | » Comments(0)

Chrysler Unveils New Products at Fleet Preview

The Chrysler 200 at the 2011 Fleet Preview in Austin, Texas.

Chrysler gathered its biggest fleet buyers in Austin, Texas this week to show off new vehicles and talk fleet plans. This year we could drive the products and kick the tires. (With photos.) READ MORE

Tags: Chrysler, Dodge Durango, Fiat 500, Chrysler 200, Dodge Charger, Ram C/V

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:10 PM | » Comments(0)

CRS: What the Manufacturers Said

Representatives from four of the major auto manufacturers gathered at the Car Rental Show to talk rental. While rental continues to represent an integral part of the business, OEMs are managing rental fleet sales to protect residuals. READ MORE

Tags: Toyota, Hyundai, Chrysler, Car Rental Show, Ford

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:24 PM | » Comments(0)

ACRA Panel: A Rational, Safe Way to Handle Recalls

During its panel at the Car Rental Show, the American Car Rental Association board worked through recall legislation, threats to vicarious liability reform and what’s next with no-show fees (let’s start calling them guaranteed reservations). READ MORE

Tags: vicarious liability, Hertz, Avis Budget Group, ACRA, Recalls, Car Rental Show, Bob Barton, Sharon Faulkner, Frank Colonna, Gil Cygler, Graves Amendment, no-show fees, guaranteed reservations, anti-steering, HR 4175

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, March 14, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

CRS 2011: What Larry De Shon Said

De Shon took a holistic look at how technology is reshaping car rental. But it's Avis Budget’s Virtual Car program that has the potential to be an industry game changer. READ MORE

Tags: Technology, Avis Budget Group, Car Rental Show, Virtual Car, automated car rental

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 3:53 PM | » Comments(0)

Car Rental Show: What Happened in Vegas?

There was a renewed energy at this year’s show that I hadn’t felt in years. ACRA grows new teeth as stakeholders take pulse of the industry, gain consensus and set direction. READ MORE

Tags: Legislation, ACRA

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, March 10, 2011 3:13 PM | » Comments(0)

7 Keys to a Better Fleet Dealer Relationship

With dealer inventory as tight as it is, it pays to listen to what fleet dealers have to say about what you can do to make their lives a little easier. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, March 7, 2011 1:26 PM | » Comments(0)

Car Rental Majors: the 2011 Crystal Ball

On their fourth quarter and full-year conference calls last week, the three public car rental companies—Hertz, Avis Budget and Dollar Thrifty—talk merger, prepaid rentals and plans for growth. READ MORE

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, no-show fee, pre-paid rentals, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, prepaid rentals

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Insurance Headwinds: What’s in Store for Car Rental?

The recession has had a positive effect on insurance rates for car rental companies. But will it last? READ MORE

Tags: Insurance

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:42 AM | » Comments(0)

Nissan NV - Video Preview

Here's first-hand video of the features of the Nissan NV from the preview event last week. Step into this new high roof van with us and see if its functionality is right for your business needs. Also, check out the vinyl graphics application. READ MORE

Tags: Nissan

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, February 10, 2011 9:35 AM | » Comments(0)

Nissan Launches Nissan NV

How will Nissan’s first entry into its North American Light Commercial Vehicle and Fleet Division gain share in a well-established van market?

The Nissan NV is available in a standard roof or high roof version. There are three models to choose from: the half-ton NV1500, the three-quarter-ton NV2500 HDand the one-ton NV3500 HD.

How will Nissan’s first entry into its North American Light Commercial Vehicle and Fleet Division gain share in a well-established van market? READ MORE

Tags: Nissan, vehicle research

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, February 3, 2011 10:16 AM | » Comments(0)

Auto Rental Operators Choose Favorite Rental Car of All Time

Survey reveals what really matters to a car rental operator. Toyota Camry tops the list. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, January 24, 2011 3:53 PM | » Comments(1)

8 Tips to Gaining Driver Buy-in on a Telematics System

After the pain of layoffs and cutbacks during the recession, your employees should get that business efficiency is paramount now more than ever before. READ MORE

Tags: GPS, Telematics

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, December 30, 2010 3:11 PM | » Comments(0)

Congress, not Technology, is Deciding the Alt-fuel Market

Should Congress have let the hybrid, diesel and CNG tax credit die while keeping the ethanol fuel credit? READ MORE

Tags: Diesel, Natural Gas, Taxes, ROUSH, Natural Gas Vehicles, General Motors, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, December 16, 2010 11:02 AM | » Comments(2)

Guest Editorial: All I Want for the Holidays

Bob Barton, president of the American Car Rental Association, asks the car rental industry for discipline, consensus and cooperation on the things that, if implemented, will benefit the industry as a whole. READ MORE

Tags: Residual Values, no-show fee, Graves Amendment, vicarious liability

Author: Bob Barton | Posted @ Tuesday, December 14, 2010 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

LA Auto Show: Trends, Themes and Photos

Joel Ewanick drove to the show from Detroit in a Chevy Volt.

Electrification, customization and wringing every last drop of efficiency out of an internal combustion engine were prominent storylines. Oh, and models like Heidi Klum. READ MORE

Tags: Toyota, Chevrolet, Dodge, Hyundai, Nissan, Volkswagen, Tesla Motors, Buick, Fiat, Chrysler, Kia Motors, General Motors

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, November 22, 2010 9:24 AM | » Comments(0)

JDPA Rental Car Satisfaction Study: Behind the Numbers

Stuart Greif, the director of the study for J.D. Power and Associates, drills down past the circle scores to analyze the factors that produced this year’s results. Factor number one—the economy, stupid! READ MORE

Tags: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, customer service, Avis, Airport Rentals, Advantage Rent A Car, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, November 17, 2010 9:16 AM | » Comments(1)

Negotiating the Alt-Power Jungle

Sometimes going green is less about the ‘best’ technology and more about where the government puts its money — and fleet buyers with good intentions are caught in the middle. READ MORE

Tags: Alternative-fuel vehicles, Green Fleet Conference, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, November 15, 2010 10:48 AM | » Comments(0)

Industry Realignment: What Now?

Avis is asking the FTC to bless a merger between four out of the seven major brands. Something has to give. READ MORE

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, FTC, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, merger

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:55 AM | » Comments(0)

Key Takeaways from the Green Fleet Conference (Part II)

The author inside a GM van with its new factory-installed CNG fueling system. The box on the floor contains one of four fuel tanks.<br /><br />

More intel culled from the Green Fleet Conference in San Diego, including EV charging, the future of alt fuels and other tidbits. READ MORE

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, October 28, 2010 2:35 PM | » Comments(0)

Key Takeaways from the Green Fleet Conference (Part 1)

Attendees at a Green Fleet Conference presentation

Here’s what you missed in San Diego. READ MORE

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, October 21, 2010 2:21 PM | » Comments(0)

My Ride in the X-Prize Winner (video)

The all-electric E-Tracer and its gas-powered equivalent, the Monotracer, are not practical alternatives to the passenger car. But if you’re interested in a new form of mobility, you can have one for about $80,000 to $100,000. READ MORE

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, October 14, 2010 10:24 AM | » Comments(0)

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