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Avis Budget Avis Budget Group, Inc. has unveiled an enhanced version of its web-based booking tool for travel professionals located in Latin America and the Caribbean. Starting in June, the new site will allow agents to issue paperless, prepaid vouchers for Avis and Budget car rentals worldwide. Until now, Latin America-based travel professionals used a booking tool to make reservations and a separate system to issue paper vouchers that customers were required to present at the rental counter at the time of vehicle pickup. Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, the new booking tool is faster, easier to navigate and more user-friendly. Travel professionals can view all available vehicles, compare multiple rates at a time, create, modify and cancel reservations as well as issue, adjust and void vouchers for Avis and Budget rentals. The tool is available for reservations on all car classes, including specialty vehicles such as minivans and those in the Avis Cool Car Collection or Budget's Street Fleet, a collection of fun-to-drive vehicles like the Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Mustang. Agents can also book optional equipment for their customers, including child safety seats, where2 GPS navigation units and Avis Blast/Budget Blast, the Company's Sirius XM radio units available with all car classes. For more information, visit www.int-agent.com/avis or www.int-agent.com/budget. May 24, 2011

Hertz The Hertz Corporation has expanded its Global EV initiative to Washington, D.C., adding all-electric (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEVs) vehicles, including the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF to its Union Station fleet. Hertz is making the next generation of electric vehicles available to members of Congress, employees on the Hill, and the general public through its car-sharing operation. To book an available EV, consumers must sign up for a free Hertz car-sharing membership at www.connectbyhertz.com. Hertz plans to deploy of EVs and PHEVs in both the U.S. and other countries throughout 2011. For more information, visit www.connectbyhertz.com. May 25, 2011

National Car Rental National Car Rental said that it has added a fully operational OEmerald AisleO service location at the National facility located at the Jacksonville International Airport. The OEmerald AisleO is an exclusive section of NationalOs rental car area where its Emerald Club members can select any vehicle after simply reserving a mid-sized car. National Car Rental has been operating at the Jacksonville airport for more than 20 years. National, which launched the car rental industryOs first comprehensive frequent-renter program, offers Emerald Club membership as a benefit to frequent renters who especially appreciate choosing their own car, the expedited rental process, counter bypass and convenient e-receipts. May 25, 2011

Toyota Toyota to create wireless-linked social network in cars. Toyota and Salesforce.com have partnered on a project to bring wireless technology to cars in the form of Toyota Friend, a private social network for owners of the automaker's electric and hybrid vehicles. The service, which will be enabled by wireless devices and will launch next year in Japan, will enable car owners to "tweet" with other users, link up with local dealers and remotely receive diagnostic data about their hybrid cars. May 23, 2011

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