More Fuel Efficient Rental Care

Tulsa, OK – Dollar Thrifty boosts mileage of rental car fleet

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa-based Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group says it expects its fleet of rental vehicles will be about 10 percent more fuel-efficient after recent purchases of new car models.

Dollar Thrifty said more than 40 percent of its 2010 model year purchases were cars with highway ratings of more than 30 miles per gallon. Only about 10 percent of the 2009 models Dollar Thrifty bought met that mileage threshold.

The company's brands include Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, with more than 600 corporate and franchise locations in North America.

Shares of Dollar Thrifty rose $1.18, or about 5.3 percent, to $23.58 in afternoon trading.

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