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Isuzu Gets Gas Engines Back

March 24, 2010

More from the Work Truck Show: Isuzu reaches agreement with GM for its gas engines; GM introduces Sierra Denali HD and some thoughts on the term "best in class." READ MORE

Tags: Isuzu, Work Truck Show, Pickup Trucks, General Motors

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 24, 2010 2:13 PM | » Comments(0)

Sprinter Lands at Mercedes Dealerships

March 22, 2010

More from the Work Truck Show: Daimler gives Sprinter back to Mercedes; Freightliner Custom Chassis gets an all-electric version and a new look for the boxy step van. READ MORE

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, NTEA, Work Truck Show, Freightliner, Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, March 22, 2010 11:08 AM | » Comments(1)

New Ram Brand to Get Fiat Vans?

March 19, 2010

In a series of reports based on the Work Truck Show, here’s a compendium of new truck offerings and future plans from the OEMs. READ MORE

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Fiat, Chrysler, Ram Truck

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, March 19, 2010 9:55 AM | » Comments(0)

The New Diesel Deal

March 17, 2010

New diesel regulations have caused market shifts in diesel truck offerings, higher price points and increased servicing. Fleets must learn to adapt. But will it produce a move away from diesel? READ MORE

Tags: Emissions, Diesel, NTEA, Work Truck Show, selective catalytic reduction, SCR, DEF, Diesel Emissions

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 17, 2010 3:43 PM | » Comments(0)

2011 Ford Super Duty Test Drive

March 10, 2010

How do you get more than 30 mpg in a Ford Super Duty with four people and a 1,000 lb. payload? READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 10, 2010 10:15 AM | » Comments(0)

What to Tax, if Not Car Rentals?

Here are some novel ideas on taxation that shift the burden away from car renters.

February 11, 2010

Here are some novel ideas on taxation that shift the burden away from car renters. READ MORE

Tags: Taxes, rental taxes, Funding

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, February 11, 2010 3:17 PM | » Comments(0)

Toyota Recall: What We Know as of Thursday

January 27, 2010

A separate recall was issued on Wednesday in regards to the potential risk for floor mat entrapment of accelerator pedals. Commercial and rental fleets as well as leasing companies are handling this problem in different ways at the moment. The prevailing wisdom is "inform, inform, inform." READ MORE

Tags: Toyota, Recalls

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, January 27, 2010 11:40 AM | » Comments(0)

Car Rental No-show Fees: Are We Ready?

The hotel and airline industries offer parallels and a path to possible implementation.

January 14, 2010

The hotel and airline industries offer parallels and a path to possible implementation. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, January 14, 2010 10:22 AM | » Comments(0)

How Can a Drop in Car Rental Revenues Be a Good Thing?

December 22, 2009

As we close out 2009, here’s a quick hit of issues that are driving those revenue numbers, along with questions that need answers. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, December 22, 2009 10:11 AM | » Comments(0)

In honor of Thanksgiving, pre-printed rental agreements and one classic, funny movie.

November 25, 2009

It's hard to know what a customer has been through before he gets to the counter. READ MORE

Tags: Customer Service

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, November 25, 2009 8:18 AM | » Comments(0)

Does the 2009 Rental Car Satisfaction Study Provide Faulty Analysis?

November 24, 2009

The qualitative analysis J.D. Power provides for its 2009 Rental Car Satisfaction Study is stirring up controversy. What do you think? READ MORE

Tags: J.D. Power, Rental Rates

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, November 24, 2009 11:29 AM | » Comments(0)

Driving Notes on the Suzuki Kizashi

November 20, 2009

Find a winding road. READ MORE

Tags: Suzuki

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, November 20, 2009 9:47 AM | » Comments(0)

The Promise of the Nissan Leaf – and a Test Drive

November 16, 2009

Carlos Ghosn says Nissan will have enough capacity to produce 500,000 pure electric vehicles in less than three years. Will the metrics work? READ MORE

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Nissan, Nissan LEAF, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, November 16, 2009 10:22 AM | » Comments(2)

An Entrepreneur’s Story

November 10, 2009

The struggles of one independent operator highlight what is right about the car rental industry. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, November 10, 2009 3:48 PM | » Comments(0)

Jim Cramer Gets It Wrong Again

October 13, 2009

Cramer blesses Hertz and damns other car rental stocks for the wrong reasons. READ MORE

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Avis, Budget Rent A Car, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, October 13, 2009 2:08 PM | » Comments(1)

Empty Dealer Lots Disrupt Fleet Purchasing

October 12, 2009

Inventories at all-time lows make this a good time for small fleets to plan ahead and factory order. READ MORE

Tags: fleet ordering

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, October 12, 2009 9:50 AM | » Comments(0)

Hertz Bankruptcy! Do I Have Your Attention?

September 30, 2009

Hertz is suing a research firm that lists it as one 20 companies with the highest probability of declaring bankruptcy. Who made the claim, on what basis and how is the market reacting? READ MORE

Tags: Audit, Hertz, Lawsuits

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, September 30, 2009 8:47 AM | » Comments(0)

What’s it Like to Drive a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle?

Ben and Jackie Lee of GM's Project Driveway, testers of General Motor's Chevy Equinox hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle.

September 21, 2009

Burbank, Calif. resident Ben Lee shares his firsthand experience in a Chevrolet Equinox hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle as part of General Motor’s Project Driveway. READ MORE

Tags: Chevrolet Equinox, Project Driveway, fuel cell vehicles, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, General Motors

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, September 21, 2009 4:39 PM | » Comments(0)

Did “Cash for Clunkers” Fulfill Its Objectives?

September 16, 2009

Bob Barton, president of the American Car Rental Association, provides a post-mortem analysis of “Cash for Clunkers” on the Auto Focus blog. READ MORE

Tags: Cash for Clunkers

Author: Bob Barton | Posted @ Wednesday, September 16, 2009 11:05 AM | » Comments(0)

Worst Clean Up Jobs of a Rental Car

August 28, 2009

You wouldn’t believe what people do to (and in) rental cars. Or maybe you would. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, August 28, 2009 4:15 PM | » Comments(0)

What Price Safety?

August 20, 2009

The Enterprise Rent A Car decision to buy Impalas without standard side-impact airbags brings up many questions about disclosure in the process of buying and selling cars with deleted safety items. READ MORE

Tags: Liability, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, fleet ordering, Air Bags

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, August 20, 2009 2:57 PM | » Comments(1)

Tax Outrage in Rhode Island

August 14, 2009

If your car is damaged and another party is at fault, can you imagine getting taxed on the repair reimbursement? READ MORE

Tags: U-Save

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, August 14, 2009 11:08 AM | » Comments(1)

Is Cash for Clunkers Really "Cash Out of the Economy?"

August 13, 2009

Bob Barton, the president of the American Car Rental Association (ACRA) asks why vehicles built overseas qualify for the Cash for Clunkers program. READ MORE

Tags: Hyundai, Cash for Clunkers

Author: Bob Barton | Posted @ Thursday, August 13, 2009 9:36 AM | » Comments(4)

Why Did Enterprise Change Its Name?

August 4, 2009

On August 3, the Taylor family announced it had changed the name of its corporate parent company to Enterprise Holdings. Is this a move to position itself to go public? Enterprise responds. READ MORE

Tags: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, August 4, 2009 9:59 AM | » Comments(2)

Dollar Thrifty’s Scott Thompson Talks Refranchising, Remarketing and Recovery

August 3, 2009

News flash: Dollar Thrifty is refranchising some corporate stores. In an exclusive interview, Scott Thompson and Jeff Cerefice of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group talk about the refranchising initiative and other burning issues: debt restructuring, fleet financing, car sales and 45,000-mile rentals. READ MORE

Tags: Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, August 3, 2009 11:13 AM | » Comments(0)

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