Finally! US House Passes Car Rental Recall Bill

Lawmakers in the US might finally after years of back and forth, pass legislation requiring car rental companies to repair cars subject to a safety recall before they rent them out.

Numerous attempts to pass laws about this have failed previously. 

The first was named the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2011. It failed to make the cut in a massive transportation bill that was approved in 2012 before it was re-introduced in May of 2013. It came about following the deaths of Raechel and Jacqueline Houck in a 2004 wreck.

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Sixt Car Rental Expands In The US

Sixt, among the oldest car rental companies having had its start in 1912, is making the move to North America. Sixt along with its franchises and partners successfully operates in more than 100 countries with over 1,000 locations.

Based in Germany, Sixt began its American expansion in Miami and has since opened locations in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Florida, Atlanta Georgia, Seattle Washington, Phoenix Arizona, Las Vegas Nevada, Hartford and West Haven in Connecticut, Charlotte North Carolina, Myrtle Beach South Carolina and Springfield Massachusetts.

The move into the American market is part of Sixt’s long term plan for global expansion.  Now that Sixt has a strong hold in the European market and is widely recognized in South America and China as well as Australia and South Africa, it can count on name recognition and business from international travelers. With a focus on airport locations, Sixt is actively looking to open franchises in the United States and Canada. By relying on the local business owner, franchises will allow Sixt to successfully operate in many smaller locations in the U.S.

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Hertz Launches Firefly Brand In The US

Firefly is a car rental brand owned by Hertz with a focus on the budget conscious consumer. Hertz was temporarily out of this sector after selling Advantage Rent-A-Car in 2012. Hertz will use Firefly to fill this void and provide consumers with a more affordable option in car rentals. Firefly will compete with other budget car rental brands including Avis’s Payless, Fox Rent-A-Car, and Advantage.

Firefly debuted earlier this year in Europe (currently operating 40 European locations in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy)  and is now working to open twenty locations in US cities.

Firefly opened in Orlando this September followed by locations at select airports including Denver, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Tampa. Firefly is slated to open their Minneapolis-Saint Paul and Cancun locations in December, followed by West Palm Beach in January. Firefly’s website provides comprehensive directions for locating their offices from each  of these airports.

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Avis Invites Customers To Get Behind The Wheel Of New 2014 Fleet

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avis Car Rental today unveiled its model-year 2014 vehicle roster, which will soon be available at Avis locations across the United States.

"We take great pride in operating a young fleet that is structured to meet the various rental needs of travelers and those in need of temporary ground transportation. In fact, it's part of our commitment to 'put the customer first,'" said Tom Gartland, president, North America. "We're pleased to unveil our 2014 fleet and look forward to serving renters at Avis local market locations and airport destinations across the country."

The Avis 2014 lineup features new Chevrolet, Kia, Infiniti, Subaru and Volkswagen vehicles as well as makes and models from other automobile manufacturers, including:

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Hertz Introduces The All-Electric Tesla Model S To Expanding U.S. Dream Cars

PARK RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world's largest general use airport car rental brand, today announced the expansion of its Dream Cars with the introduction of the all-electric Tesla Model S in the U.S. With the expansion, consumers in select markets are now able to rent both the Tesla Model S and Tesla Roadster, along with a variety of other high-end performance vehicles, from Ferrari to Lamborghini to Porsche and Mercedes Benz, offered in Hertz's Dream Cars, a line of ultra-high-end performance vehicles that redefine the premium car rental experience.

"Customer and industry support for Hertz's Dream Cars has been overwhelming, so adding the Tesla Model S to the already outstanding fleet was an easy choice," said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and CEO. "The ability to offer a truly unique driving experience to Hertz customers is a thrill, and the addition of this vehicle shows the passion we have in offering the best and most diverse fleet to our customers."

The Tesla Model S will be available in California – at San Francisco and Los Angeles airports -- and are the 85kWh model, capable of 265 miles on one charge. The all electric, zero emissions car can go 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The Tesla Model S is the world's first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world's best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury performance sedan. The Tesla Model S was named Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year [R] and received Consumer Reports highest score ever given to a car as well as NHTSA's 5-star safety rating.

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