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Coping with EV Range Anxiety

Most of us fill our gas tanks when we have 40 miles to ‘Empty.’ With electric vehicles, the fun is just beginning. READ MORE

Tags: Mitsubishi, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 10:44 AM | » Comments(0)

Will the N.Y. Anti-steering Law Work?

Understanding the other side of the claims process can give independent RACs the tools to get more replacement business. READ MORE

Tags: State Laws, independent operators

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, August 30, 2010 9:53 AM | » Comments(1)

Customer Overbooking – A Car Rental Operator’s Nightmare

This letter from a car rental operator provides an on-the-ground view of how one customer can tax system resources to the point of blowing profit right out of the water. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, August 11, 2010 9:43 AM | » Comments(8)

New Ford Explorer Saves Fuel, but What About Capabilities?

Better fuel economy on a truck usually comes with a performance trade off. READ MORE

Tags: Ford Explorer

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 8:36 AM | » Comments(2)

A Few Thoughts on Better Utilization of Fleet Vehicles

Technology is making possible peer-to-peer car sharing, “fleet sharing,” one-way rentals and getting more use out of pool vehicles. READ MORE

Tags: Zipcar, Car Sharing, car2go, Peer-to-Peer, One-Way Rentals, GPS

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Small Fleet Management is not an Afterthought

With so much room for improvement, small fleets can achieve greater savings with better fleet management a lot quicker and easier than their large fleet cousins. READ MORE

Tags: GPS, Fleet Management, vehicle depreciation

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, July 7, 2010 5:26 PM | » Comments(1)

Framing the H.R. 4175 Debate

National legislation is needed to eradicate discriminatory excise taxes on motor vehicle rentals. READ MORE

Tags: rental taxes, Proposed Legislation

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:55 AM | » Comments(0)

More from Chrysler’s Fleet Preview in Detroit

A year after the Fiat partnership, Chrysler is in the midst of a product offensive. READ MORE

Tags: Jeep, Dodge, Pentastar, Chrysler, Ram Truck

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:54 AM | » Comments(0)

Guest Blog: How Car Rental Is not Like the Airlines

The president of ACRA responds to a travel writer's column that takes issue with "whacky" car rental rules. READ MORE

Tags: no-show fee, ACRA

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:32 AM | » Comments(10)

Marchionne Lays out Chrysler’s Future in Detroit

At Chrysler’s annual fleet preview in Detroit last week, Sergio Marchionne, Fiat and Chrysler’s CEO laid out Chrysler’s five-year plan for profitability. What a difference a year makes. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, June 3, 2010 12:22 PM | » Comments(0)

Here We Go Again: Graves Amendment Under Attack

A proposed amendment to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 would overturn existing law preventing vicarious liability of renting and leasing companies. Industry associations claimed a small victory this week—but it may not be over. READ MORE

Tags: vicarious liability, TRALA, motorcoaches, ACRA, Graves Amendment

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, May 21, 2010 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

2010 Audi A3 TDI Test Drive

Driving pleasure and green can coexist. Includes Vincentric fleet lifecycle data. READ MORE

Tags: Audi, Diesel, Diesel Fuel Vehicles, Diesel Emissions

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, May 17, 2010 9:08 AM | » Comments(0)

CRS 2010: Did We Gain Momentum on No-show Fees?

The ACRA panel at the Car Rental Show dug into the issue with the most depth and insight yet in a public forum. With the changing rental car landscape, is there a new willingness to get this done? READ MORE

Tags: no-show fee, ACRA

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:57 AM | » Comments(0)

And Then There Were Three

How will the potential Hertz acquisition of Dollar Thrifty affect franchisees and independents? READ MORE

Tags: Federal Trade Commission, Hertz, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, merger

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, May 4, 2010 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Key Takeaways from NAFA’s 2010 Fleet Management Institute & Expo

North America’s annual gathering of fleet professionals took place this week in Detroit. NAFA FMI is the best place to take the pulse of the fleet industry and look into the future. READ MORE

Tags: Audi, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Legislation, Honda, NAFA, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Alternative Fuels, General Motors

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, April 29, 2010 2:22 PM | » Comments(0)

Key Takeaways from the 2010 Car Rental Show

From Wall Street to Main Street, the renewal of the industry was on display in the conference halls and expo floor. Expect action from ACRA on key issues. READ MORE

Tags: ACRA

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, April 23, 2010 9:23 AM | » Comments(0)

Guest Post: European ... or you’re a peein’?

A car rental executive argues why no-show fees can help operators run tighter fleets and gain higher utilization. READ MORE

Tags: no-show fee

Author: Robert Barton | Posted @ Thursday, April 8, 2010 2:50 PM | » Comments(1)

Isuzu Gets Gas Engines Back

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

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?

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

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

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.

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

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.

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)

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