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Car Rental business

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Innovations and interesting business models


The cheapest rental in town

A Canadian company is renting out cars in Toronto for C$1 a day. The vehicle will be covered with advertising and must be driven at least 30km a day within the Greater Toronto Area. Would you hire one? read more»






Targeting Women 



We've covered taxis for women in the past, and have noticed that the concept is spreading. The latest incarnation we spotted is Turkey's Pudracar.


Instead of offering women lower rental rates, which many mainstream rental companies do, Pudracar provides an upgraded service that's undeniably feminine. A fleet of pink BMW 3 Series cars has been fitted with custom interiors in camel-coloured tweed, dark grey and soft pink, accentuated with twinkly bits of crystal.


Besides sex-neutral goodies like DVD players, LCD screens an iPod and wireless internet access, Pudracar also added specially selected snacks, cosmetics and make-up tools. The Istanbul-based service comes with a female driver, in livery to match the car's interior. No word yet on pricing, but rates are likely to be as premium as the offering.


The concept, which was developed for Europcar by marketing agency Agras, is clearly going after a subset of luxury-minded women who enjoy indulging their inner Barbie. While other women might object to gender-specific car services, entrepreneurs across the globe, from London and Istanbul to Tilburg and Moscow, seem to have found their niche. For more on creating and adapting products and services for women, check out trendwatching.com's recent Female Fever briefing.


Website: www.pudracar.com


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