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Tulsa Chosen as New National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car HQ Operations

 TULSA, Okla., Jan. 29/ -- In a move that will add up to 700 Jobs to the Tulsa economy, both National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car, which together make up the world's third largest airport car rental company, will move its headquarters to Tulsa, bringing up a direct annual payroll of up to $38.5 million.   

Economists estimate another 590 additional indirect jobs will be created in the community. Indirect and direct employment combined could mean as many as 1,290 jobs new jobs in the Tulsa area with an estimated annual payroll of more than $75 million. 


Amerityre Begins Testing of Prototype Polyurethane Car Tires 

BOULDER CITY, Nev., Jan. 30/ -- Amerityre Corporation announced that it has been submitting prototype polyurethane car tires to an independent lab for testing to determine if the tires comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109, applicable to new pneumatic tires.  FMVSS No. 109 specifies tire dimensions and laboratory test requirements for strength, endurance, and high speed performance; defines tire load ratings; and specifies labeling requirements for passenger car tires. 

Amerityre announced the development of its "air, no-air" tire system, also known as ARCUS(TM), in November 2003.  The ARCUS(TM) tire permits the car tire to operate with or without air.   


Experian Launches Vehicle History Reports  

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Jan. 30/ -- Experian Automotive announced the launch of the Vehicle History Reports,  Which enables its online customers to instantly retrieve accurate used car histories.  Using Experian's National Vehicle Database of more than 450 million vehicles, the Vehicle History Reports expose possible undisclosed or unknown problems, such as salvage and flood damage history that can affect an automobile's safety and resale value. car shoppers will have the option to purchase either a single report for a specific vehicle or an unlimited number of reports for 60 days.  


Kelley Blue Book Launches 'New KARPOWER'   

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 31/ -- Kelley Blue Book is launching the newest version of its flagship dealer software 'New KARPOWER' at the 2004 NADA Convention.  Kelley Blue Book has enhanced KARPOWER with several new features, such as the addition of trade-in values and quick access to CARFAX Vehicle History Reports. 

With these new enhancements, dealers can now find the two most valuable pieces of used car information within KARPOWER --its value and its history.  With CARFAX being included in KARPOWER, dealers have one more way to use vehicle history information to provide value to their customers buying used cars.




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