June 28, 2013

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Rent a Dream Car from Hertz; 2015 is new deadline for rear-view-camera rules

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(Hertz)

Hertz begins renting 'Dream Cars' in Seattle
If you want to rent a Bentley or an Aston Martin on your next vacation, now you can. But it'll cost you. Hertz is offering a new line of premium car rentals in 35 markets, including Seattle. The Hertz Dream Cars fleet also includes Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and other luxury cars. The company says there is demand from those who want a luxury car as a one-time rental. Hertz says a Porsche rental starts at $350 a day, and an Aston Martin at $1,000 a day. Enterprise has a similar program, which it calls its Exotic Car Collection.
The Associated Press

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(Ford)


Rear-view-camera requirements delayed

The Obama administration is delaying regulations that require new vehicles to come equipped with rear-view cameras to protect against drivers backing over people in blind spots, a victory for automakers who say requiring the cameras is too costly. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood set a new deadline of January 2015 for the regulations. An average of 228 people are killed and 17,000 injured each year because of back-over accidents. Many of the accidents occur in driveways and parking lots. Nearly half the deaths involve children under age 10.
The Associated Press

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