Budget adds flex-fuel cars
LISLE, ILL. - Budget Rent a Car Corp. will take delivery of 10,000 flexible-fuel Ford Taurus sedans this year, Budget said. The 2000 flexible-fuel Taurus runs on unleaded gasoline, E85 - a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline - or any combination of the two.
Sometime in the next few weeks, Budget will begin offering the Honda Insight, a hybrid vehicle, in the Los Angeles area, said company spokeswoman Susan Welty. Budget already offers electric and natural-gas vehicles in the Los Angeles region; liquid-propane vehicles in Britain; electric cars in Paris; and methane-powered cars in Sweden.
SANFORD, Fla. - Parts.com Inc., formerly known as Miracom Corp., said it signed eight new dealers for its business-to-business online parts exchange. To date, parts.com said it has signed 27 dealers who will use the service to order replacement parts on a 'just-in-time' basis. The company will launch its Internet-based exchange Monday, Jan. 24.
NEW PARTS NETWORK
DAYTON, Ohio -Reynolds and Reynolds Co. is launching its OneTouch eParts network, an online service parts procurement hub. Automotive retailers can use it to locate and order parts from other retailers, warehouses and distributors. Parts retailers can use the system to market parts online to independent collision and repair facilities. Repair facilities will be able to transmit parts lists required for a repair to a supplier. Reynolds recently launched eService Reminder, which electronically reminds vehicle owners about service appointments. Reynolds reported revenues of $1.56 billion for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 1999.