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Hybrid rentals see surge amid sales slump

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  May 31, 2009 10:25 AM

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Hybrid sales are down - 39 percent year-over-year through April - along with the rest of the auto market, but that's not stopping major rental car companies from snagging the latest gas-electric models.

A Globe story reports how daily rental companies are adding more hybrids to take advantage of low demand and prop up their car-sharing divisions to tackle Zipcar, the Cambridge-based company that has turned car renting into a "green" lifestyle for city dwellers without wheels. The prospect that Zipcar will hit $1 billion in revenue within the next decade also has Hertz and Enterprise running fast to attract these hybrid-loving drivers.

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