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Uber sells Chinese operations to Didi Chuxing

Uber sells Chinese operations to Didi Chuxing

Uber has agreed to sell its Chinese business to rival Didi Chuxing. The taxi-booking app will retain separate branding in the country, with Uber also taking a 5.9 per cent stake in the combined company. Didi Chuxing - which is backed by internet giants Tencent and Alibaba - dominates the taxi-booking sector in China with nearly 90 per cent of the market.

AccorHotels signs car rental partnership with Hertz

AccorHotels signs car rental partnership with Hertz

Hertz and AccorHotels have partnered to provide Le Club AccorHotels’ members with special car rental offers, including exclusive benefits, globally. With this partnership, Hertz expands its presence across key global markets. The partner agreement runs until March 2019.

Europcar reports slight increase in profits for early 2016

Europcar reports slight increase in profits for early 2016

Europcar has reported total revenue amounted to €948 million for the first half of 2016, compared to €961 million in 2015 first semester, representing an increase of 0.5 per cent at constant currency. This increase is mainly driven by a 0.9 per cent growth in rental revenue, to €883 million, and partly off-set by the decrease of petrol prices.

Europcar to welcome Infiniti Q30 to fleet

Europcar to welcome Infiniti Q30 to fleet

Europcar has joined forces with Infiniti to bring the acclaimed new premium Q30 to drivers in selected markets in Europe. From this month a total of 1,200 Infiniti Q30s will be available in Europcar networks in France (255 cars), Germany (345 cars), UK (500 cars) and Italy (100 cars).

Skyscanner brings hotel functionality to flights app

Skyscanner brings hotel functionality to flights app

Skyscanner has revealed travellers will be able to search for hotels and car hire from the existing flights app. The trend for both searching and booking travel on mobile has accelerated dramatically in recent years, with the Skyscanner apps having been downloaded over 40 million times worldwide. Almost half of all Skyscanner searches in the UK are now made using a mobile device, while the last year alone has seen a 38 per cent increase in people booking via smartphones in the UK.

Europcar takes stake in Wanderio of Italy

Europcar takes stake in Wanderio of Italy

Europcar Group has announced it will take a minority investment in Wanderio, a multi-modal search and comparison platform. The leader in vehicle rental services and a major player in mobility markets will take the stake through its Lab, an entity focused on innovation.

Avis Budget UK expands operations at London Heathrow

Avis Budget UK expands operations at London Heathrow

Avis Budget UK has launched its on-terminal car rental service at Heathrow Airport Terminal 2, in a significant move for its UK operations. This unique service is already available at Terminal 5. This multi-year partnership will enable Avis Budget UK to deliver an express plane to car service for customers, currently making it the only car rental provider to offer this at both terminals, so that Avis customers will enjoy a five minute walk to their rental vehicle as an alternative to travelling by shuttle bus to the main Avis station.

InterRent opens 150th location in Sardinia, Italy

InterRent opens 150th location in Sardinia, Italy

InterRent, the low-cost brand of Europcar Group, the European leader in vehicle rental services and a major mobility player, has announced the opening of its 150th station, at Sardinia’s Alghero Airport. InterRent is currently present in 40 different countries, mainly in airports and tourism areas.

Cheapflights links with Car Trawler for new rental options

Cheapflights links with Car Trawler for new rental options

Cheapflights has placed Australian travellers firmly in the driving seat by adding car hire to its existing flight and holiday package search functionality. Users of the leading flight search and deals publishing platform can now access 1,500 car hire agents in 30,000 locations across 174 countries, thanks to a new partnership with the world’s leading online B2B travel technology platform, CarTrawler.

Ubeeqo partners with Addison Lee in London

Ubeeqo partners with Addison Lee in London

Ubeeqo has teamed up with Europe’s leading private hire company, Addison Lee, to integrate its minicab and chauffeur service into the Ubeeqo mobility app. Now Ubeeqo users can book cars by the hour, car hire by the day or longer, minicabs and chauffeur services – all booked and paid for from one app - for the mobility solution that best suits their needs.

Europcar acquires Spanish mobility provider Bluemove

Europcar acquires Spanish mobility provider Bluemove

Europcar Group has acquired Bluemove, a mobility tech start-up and car sharing leader in Spain. Carried out through Ubeeqo, a mobility start-up in which Europcar took a majority share, the acquisition is a further step in the group’s ambitious acquisition plan and is fully part of its strategy to become the reference for urban mobility.

Oman Air and Europcar launch loyalty partnership

Oman Air and Europcar launch loyalty partnership

Sindbad, the frequent flyer program of Oman Air, and Europcar have announced a new partnership. Sindbad Members will now be awarded with 500 miles every time they rent with Europcar. They simply need to quote their Sindbad number when booking with Europcar and present their membership card when collecting their vehicle.