28 Jul, 2016

DriveMyCar Provides Vehicles for Uber Drivers in Australia

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Peer-to-Peer car rental firm DriveMyCar has partnered with UberX in Australia, according to a report by The Australian. DriveMyCar will allow UberX drivers to rent out cars on a weekly basis with no lock-in contracts.

For $159 per week, UberX drivers will receive a car and get 150 kilometers per day allowance, insurance coverage for accidental damage and theft, and 24/7 roadside assistance, according to the report.

Uber drivers can also choose the make and model of the vehicle they want, including Toyota, Hyundai, Holden, Jeep, Audi, and BMW, says the report.

“We were receiving inquiries from drivers looking for an affordable solution to renting a car specifically for UberX use,” Chris Noone, CEO of DriveMyCar, told The Australian. “We worked with our insurance company to provide a policy that was compliant to the demands of the ridesharing industry, and we worked with Uber to make sure that we had the right types of vehicles available at the right time for the right rental periods.”

DriveMyCar is a peer-to-peer car rental service that allows car owners to earn money for renting out their cars.

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28 Jul, 2016

Global Ground Transportation to Continue Flat Pricing

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New Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) research highlights six risks heading into 2017 that could impact both travel industry prices and the global economy as a whole. These risks include emerging market performance, financial market turbulence, geopolitical risks, uncertainty surrounding Brexit, potentially fluctuating U.S. interest rates, and oil prices.

“While business travel repeatedly demonstrates its resilience, the high level of global uncertainty we face heading into 2017 means travel buyers have to be more nimble and flexible than ever in crafting travel programs,” said Jeanne Liu, vice president for research for the GBTA Foundation. “The outlook shows only marginal increases or flat travel prices, but for 2017, the key to building successful travel programs will be watching and reacting to an ever-changing global landscape.”

These findings come from the “2017 Global Travel Price Outlook,” research from the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the GBTA, and travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). The third annual report provides global, regional, and country-by-country projections for air travel, hotel, ground transportation, and meetings and events prices in 2017.

For the global ground transportation sector, a competitive climate will dictate continued flat pricing, according to the report. Asia-Pacific prices are expected to increase slightly by 0.8% while the EMEA is projected to remain flat across the board — with a small 0.1% decrease expected in Western Europe. In North America, prices are projected to remain flat in 2017. For LATAM, prices are expected to edge forward by 0.5%.

“We are seeing relatively low, inconsistent, and in some cases fragile economic growth,” said Kurt Ekert, president and CEO of CWT. “Travelers and travel managers need to understand their travel patterns and spend, and be alert to the impact of economic uncertainty and volatility. Proper planning will put them in position to make changes when necessary and to avoid downside financial risk.”

28 Jul, 2016

Enterprise Holdings Partners with AirPlus

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With the integration of Enterprise Holdings’ brands (Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent A Car), corporate customers can now use the AirPlus business travel payments solution to access car rental in more global destinations.

The partnership allows AirPlus users to access the Enterprise Holdings’ network from 41 countries, with more to follow, according to the company.

The global expansion of Enterprise Holdings’ AirPlus program follows an initial roll-out in Germany and the U.K. The extended AirPlus integration included an additional 39 countries in Europe, North America, and the Middle East, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Additional locations are set to be added over the coming months.

The new partnership expands Enterprise Holdings’ payment options, according to the company. AirPlus provides organizations with fully itemized reporting on car rentals that is VAT-compliant.

AirPlus is an international provider of business travel payment and data management solutions that enable customers to use a single form of payment when traveling, according to the company. By accepting AirPlus, customers with corporate car rental accounts will no longer need a personal or corporate credit card when renting a vehicle from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, or Alamo Rent A Car.

“Following the initial roll-out in Germany and the U.K., demand for the service has been growing,” said Rob Ingram, director of business rental for Europe, Enterprise Holdings. “We listened closely to the corporate customers who used the service and they wanted to use AirPlus in more countries globally. As we continue to grow and evolve our global operations, we’re constantly seeking to implement new programs that better serve those customers.”

“By accepting AirPlus, we’re streamlining the rental process for corporate travelers while also simplifying their travel expenses,” added Ingram. “It’s one more way for us to provide more value and convenience to our customers, wherever in the world they rent from us.”

28 Jul, 2016

Shanghai Disney Provides Electric Rental Cars

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The Shanghai Disney Resort will now offer hourly electric vehicle rentals, according to a report by Green Car Reports.

The vehicles will be provided by Chinese automaker SAIC and will cost 30 yuan ($4.48) per hour to rent, according to the report. SAIC will also offer a fleet of electric vans for shuttle service to the Disney Resort.

Currently, SAIC operates a carsharing service with 100 electric cars and 100 electric buses that tourists can use from train stations, subway stations, and airports to the Disney report, according to the report.

In the near future, SAIC hopes to increase its electric carsharing service beyond the current 100-vehicle fleet, says the report.

Click here for the full Green Car Reports article.

25 Jul, 2016

Revv Launches Carsharing Service in Chandigarh

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Revv, an Indian-based carsharing service, has expanded to Chandigarh in northern India, according to a report by the Siasat Daily.

Revv will offer a fleet of 25 cars in Chandigarh, including sedans, hatchbacks, and SUVs, says the report. This new location is part of Revv’s expansion in the northern Indian market.

Revv provides customers with doorstep delivery of cars for every booking, according to the report.

“After witnessing high repeat-usage and positive customer feedback on the innovations from our existing operational cities, we ventured into Chandigarh because we can foresee an enormous potential in the car rental segment of the city,” Anupam Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of Revv, told the Siasat Daily.

Founded in July 2015, in Delhi, India, Revv’s carsharing service is also available in Hyderabad and Bangalore.

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22 Jul, 2016

Enterprise Holdings Expands in Toronto Area

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“We are excited about expanding our market and opening new locations in the heart of the financial sector across from Union Station, as well as in the community of Mississauga,” said Steve Tudela, corporate vice president of Canadian operations for Enterprise Holdings, which owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent A Car brands.

The new branch near Union Station not only serves local Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Alamo Rent A Car customers in the downtown core, but also thousands of commuters from regional carrier GO Transit and the local Toronto Transit Commission, according to the company. This branch is also connected to the PATH, Toronto’s underground pedestrian walkway.

The new branch in Mississauga serves Enterprise Rent-A-Car customers and is open seven days a week, according to the company.

Currently, Enterprise Holdings operates eight locations in downtown Toronto and seven locations within the Mississauga area.

22 Jul, 2016

Avis Franchisee Now Offers Leasing Services in Western Africa

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Avis Car Rental has signed a new multi-year license agreement with CFAO, a specialized distributor and preferred partner of major international brands. CFAO operates the Avis Car Rental brand in Western Africa and now, as part of this agreement, will also offer vehicle leasing to customers under the Avis brand.

“We’re delighted to extend our relationship with CFAO,” said David B. Wyshner, president and chief financial officer, Avis Budget Group. “This is an opportunity to leverage CFAO’s extensive knowledge of the car rental and leasing markets to grow and develop the Avis brand across Western Africa.”

“CFAO has a 20-year history of partnership with Avis and proven experience successfully operating the Avis Car Rental brand in Western Africa,” said Stéphane Henry, CEO of Rental Operations, a division of CFAO Automotive Equipment and Services. “We are delighted to operate leasing under the Avis brand going forward.”

Under the license agreement, CFAO will offer leasing services in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sao Tome, and Senegal.

22 Jul, 2016

8 things to look for in the new Jeep Wrangler

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There may be a new engine, a pickup and even a diesel

Mike Manley, the head of Jeep, recently sat down to talk to Automotive News about the Wrangler, which is scheduled to get a reboot for 2018. Here is a list of what is to look for in the off-road vehicle.

Photo: Jeep grille and headlamps

Jeep fans love signature Wrangler features like the round headlamps and classic grille.PHOTO BY JEEP

1. You’ll recognize it as a Jeep

Manley told Automotive News he has one clear mission and that is, “Don’t screw it up.” The basic visual elements of the Wrangler have stayed pretty consistent over 75 years, and Jeep knows it can’t afford to screw it up.

Photo: Jeep Wrangler manual transmission

Jeep Wrangler manual transmissionPHOTO BY JEEP

2. Manual is still an option

Currently, we have a long-term 2016 Jeep Wrangler in our fleet. We ordered it with a stick and when it arrived at the office with an automatic, we sent it back. We think–and some disagree–that manual transmissions on a Jeep are simply more fun, on and off road.

Photo: Automatic transmission

2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry interiorPHOTO BY JEEP

3. New Automatic

The Wrangler will be available with an eight-speed automatic transmission and gain an updated version of the Pentastar V6.

Photo: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Jeep Wrangler RubiconPHOTO BY JEEP

4. Looking to lose some weight

Steel will makeup the frame of the Wrangler, but back in 2015 Manley said Jeep is considering using aluminum for the Wrangler’s new bodywork, carbon fiber could also be an unlikely option.

Photo: Jeep Wrangler Sport

Jeep Wrangler SportPHOTO BY JEEP

5. Possible I4 engine

Jeep gave Automotive News information about a new 300-hp turbocharged I4 in May. With a four-cylinder under the hood, the fuel economy would likely improve.

Photo: Wrangler goes green

6. Wrangler could go green

In 2015, Jeep suggested that the 2018 Wrangler could get a plug-in hybrid option. Manley said installing an electric motor would be a good idea since it provides immediate torque for climbing rocks and other obstacles.

Photo: Jeep pickup

Jeep Gladiator pickupPHOTO BY JEEP

7. Wrangler pickup

Jeep has teased the concept of a Wrangler pickup for years. Manley expressed in 2011 that it was not the right time for a pickup, but perhaps maybe at a later refresh. Now would be the time. Jeep fans are waiting.

Photo: 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel engine

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel enginePHOTO BY RAM

8. Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel

FCA has seen the benefits of diesel in its Ram pickups, and Jeep enthusiasts would likely line up for more torque and fuel efficiency, we know we would.

Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/car-news/8-things-look-new-jeep-wrangler#ixzz4FADfGRf4

22 Jul, 2016

Samsung invests $449 million in China’s BYD

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BYD Co., the electric-car maker backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said a unit of Samsung Electronics Co. bought a $449 million (3 billion yuan) stake in the Chinese auto company.

Shanghai Samsung Semiconductor bought 52.3 million BYD shares at 57.4 yuan apiece in a private placement that raised 14.5 billion yuan in total from six investors, according to a statement to the Shenzhen stock exchange. The fundraising will dilute billionaire Chairman Wang Chuanfu’s stake by about 1.9 percentage points to 18.8 percent.

Samsung pursued a stake in BYD after its affiliate was among foreign battery makers left off a list of suppliers approved by China, where sales of EVs are surging and the government has sped up construction of charging points.

The world’s largest maker of phones and memory chips said last week investing in BYD would bolster Samsung’s semiconductor business for cars.

BYD will use the proceeds from the placement to fund an expansion in battery production and research and development into new-energy vehicles, it said in the statement. China’s government wants sales of EVs to exceed 3 million units a year by 2025, after surpassing the U.S. last year to become the global market leader.

Electronics makers like Samsung are vying for a slice of automotive sales as carmakers use more electronic sensors and displays in their push for more automated vehicles. For Samsung, the foray into the auto industry is also a way to help make up for declining growth in hardware businesses such as televisions and smartphones.

Samsung formed an alliance with Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit to provide memory chips for the company’s dashboard, infotainment and advanced driver assistance applications, the South Korea-based company said in November.

Source: Automotive News

22 Jul, 2016

Hertz Mexico Now Offers Green Collection

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Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has announced that its Hertz Green Collection — which includes fuel-efficient cars, hybrids, and electric vehicles — has been launched in Mexico with a fleet of 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles.

Hertz Mexico is the first car rental provider in Mexico to add hybrid vehicles in support of sustainable mobility, according to the company.

The 2017 Toyota Prius is currently available for rent at all Hertz locations in Mexico City. These cars are exempt from the city’s driving limitations in force for improving the quality of the air.

“Leading the car rental industry in offering a fleet of hybrid car rental vehicles in Mexico supports our commitment to the environment,” said Moises Behar, chief executive officer of Hertz Mexico. “After seeing the popularity of the Hertz Green Collection in other countries, we are convinced that this eco-friendly choice will be equally well received in Mexico City.”

In addition to its regular fleet and the recently launched Green Collection, Hertz Mexico offers the Prestige Collection and the Adrenaline Collection.