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Avis Buying Zipcar for $500M

Car-sharing company's stock has been rising

(Newser) - Car renting meets car sharing? Avis Budget Group has agreed to buy Zipcar for around $500 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. Avis will pay $12.25 per share, a 49% premium over Zipcar's closing price Monday. Zipcar's stock has risen in recent months as car sharing grows... More »

Rental Biz Sees Small-Car Shortage

Demand for small cars on rise, as is anger at 'upgrades'

(Newser) - Rental car companies can't meet the soaring demand for more fuel-efficient small cars and are forcing irritated customers to take "upgrades" to gas-guzzlers. Rocketing gas prices are putting pressure on Hertz, Avis, and other companies to sell their luxury cars and SUVs to pay for fuel-efficient models. Bookings for... More »

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