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Europcar recognises best performing franchisees


Europcar, a leading car rental firm in Europe, has recognised its best performing franchisees at ITB in Berlin.

Franchisees were nominated within five categories:  “Best Performer”, “Technical Solutions”, “Customer Satisfaction”, “Commercial Vehicles” and “Best Newcomer”. This is the first time Europcar has rewarded its international franchisees’ network with dedicated trophies”.

2013 winners were:

  • Best Performer : Europcar Zambia:  Grant GATCHELL, General Director
  • Customer Satisfaction: Europcar Switzerland: Carlos SARDINHA, General Manager
  • Technical Solutions: Europcar Oman: Nitin SAPRE, General Manager
  • Best Newcomer: Europcar Chile: Cristian PEREZ MOORE, General Manager
  • Commercial Vehicles: Europcar Denmark: Poul TVEDE, General Manager

“We are very proud to reward our best franchisees for the first time. It is essential for Europcar that its franchisees’ network gets further integrated and recognised within our group. We have created our new Awards to highlight the best performances and share the best practices. Our franchisees give the Europcar brand a worldwide presence and high visibility, but also a great diversity to address our customers needs: this is a strong asset we wanted to acknowledge and emphasize as we plan to develop further the Europcar franchisees’ network within the next years”, explained Marcus Bernhardt, Chief Commercial Officer, Europcar International.

Europcar franchisees’ network includes already 132 countries, with more than 6000 employees in over 1650 locations. Europcar continues to expand its network with several openings planned in the course of 2013 such as Puerto Rico, Singapore, Paraguay, Bolivia, South Korea and Vietnam.

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Budget UK introduces new luxury car hire service


Budget UK has confirmed the launch of its new luxury car hire service called Budget Premier.

With Budget Premier, customers can select from one of three different luxury categories to suit their personal needs and requirements. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and come with automatic transmission and the option to add an additional driver at no extra cost.

Once a customer selects a vehicle, they will receive their chosen model or a similar alternative upon collection, enabling them to hire a premium product without the premium price tag. These vehicles are available to hire at Central London, Heathrow Airport, Central Manchester, Manchester Airport and Scotland.

Kaye Ceille, managing director, Budget UK commented: “At Budget, we’re committed to providing our customers with a great choice of vehicles at even better prices.

“Budget Premier is a brilliant new service for those wanting to drive away in style without paying a premium, offering the very best in affordable luxury.”

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Europcar extends van rental range to major UK airport


Europcar the leader in car hire services in Europe, is making van hire more accessible with the inclusion of 5 major UK airports to its van rental network. The decision to add airport locations to the Europcar Van network has been motivated by an growing demand from both businesses and leisure customers for vans at these key commercial locations. It also demonstrates the growth in logistics business originating from airports.

“In the last year we have seen significant growth in van rental by logistics companies”, explained Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “We believe this is largely due to the huge upturn in online and home shopping over the last year or so. But we think it’s also attributable to the fact that logistics companies want the flexibility of van rental – rather than ownership – so that costs are matched to demand. In addition, these new airport locations increase accessibility of vans for our leisure customers.”

Europcar Vans are now available at the company’s Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham and Newcastle locations.

“This is all about choice”, added Ken McCall. “We know that there a number of businesses operating in and around these airport locations. Therefore, by adding vans to our fleet at those branches, we are simply giving these businesses the same range of choice as organisations operating down-town.

“We also understand that consumers want easy access to hire vans, which is why opening at these airport locations, with their extended opening hours and easy transport links, is a perfect fit for our customers”

All Europcar vehicles are less than 12 months old, making it the most youthful van fleet in the country. The vans are also fully maintained to manufacturer standards, ensuring they run efficiently and Europcar’s corporate customers benefit from a fleet they can rely on.

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Europcar introduces Range Rover Evoque to Fleet


Europcar the leader in car hire services in Europe, is set to bring fleets and businesses travellers more choice in executive travel, with the addition of the fashionable Range Rover Evoque. Available at selected branches around the UK, corporate customers will be able to drive in comfort and style as these new vehicles come onto the Prestige from Europcar fleet later this year.

The Range Rover Evoque is already receiving critical acclaim for its contemporary design, combined with the space and luxury interior that only a top class 4×4 can deliver. Adding it to the Prestige from Europcar fleet makes it accessible to businesses that may need a 4WD or want to create a more stand-out impression.Compare Car Hire in the UK

“Over the next few months we will be adding more great prestige vehicles to our Prestige from Europcar fleet, ensuring our corporate customers have access to some of the most desirable cars on the road today,” said Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group.

“The convenience of prestige car hire, available from many of our national network of locations, means business travel doesn’t have to be stressful and tiring. And the new additions planned for our Prestige fleet reinforce our commitment to this sector of the business travel marketplace.”

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Avis announce new 2013 models for fleet


Compare car hire with Car Hire AssistantAvis Car Rental have reported that the new 2013 model-year vehicles have started moving into Avis locations across the United States. “From compact vehicles to luxury sedans, SUVs and convertibles — we’ve got you covered,” said Tom Gartland, president, North America, Avis Budget Group. “Our 2013 fleet features a wide range of vehicles from a variety of manufacturers to fit every occasion, from business to leisure.”

The Avis 2013 retinue includes top Chrysler, Kia, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen vehicles in addition to makes and models from other vehicle manufacturers, including:

BMW — BMW’s first roadster with a retractable hardtop, the Z4, and BMW’s 740i sedan join “Avis Cool Cars,” a collection of fun-to-drive vehicles. Available in January, the Z4 features rear-wheel drive and a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. The 740i sedan has a 315-horsepower 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine, and joins the BMW 3-Series and 5-Series cars already in the fleet.

Cadillac — The most acclaimed luxury SUV, the Cadillac Escalade, is now available in the Avis fleet. The vehicle seats up to eight passengers and features a 403-horsepower, 6.2-litre V8 engine that “moves from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds.” The Escalade also boasts a rear-view camera, tri-zone climate control and a roof-mounted luggage rack. The all-new Cadillac XTS arrives this month. The luxurious front-wheel drive sedan features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 304-horsepower and an eight-speaker Bose® sound system.

Chevrolet — The internationally acclaimed Chevy Spark makes its début in the United States and in the Avis 2013 fleet. The five-door, four-seat sub-compact car is rated 38 miles per gallon (highway) and is perfect for navigating around large cities. Beginning this month, the redesigned Chevy Malibu will also be available for rent. The LS model features a 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission and an estimated 34 miles per gallon (highway).

Ford — Joining Avis Cool Cars are two hybrid vehicles that each boasts 47 miles per gallon (city and highway). These include the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Ford C-MAX, the all-new five-passenger multi-activity hybrid.

Infiniti — With three rows of seating, the Infiniti JX35 crossover vehicle comfortably seats seven passengers. The JX35 also boasts two panoramic moonroofs, a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a power rear liftgate and tri-zone automatic temperature control. The JX35 will be available in January.

Volvo — The front-wheel drive Volvo XC60 crossover comfortably seats five passengers. In addition, the rear seat backrests fold down and provide more than 67 cubic feet of cargo space. The XC60 rolls in this December.

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Sixt continues UK expansion


Sixt has announced the opening of a new branch in Edinburgh, which is their second outlet to open in the city.

The new rental-location is situated at Abbeyhill in the Royal Mile area and near the historic Palace of Holyrood and offers a full range of vehicles to suit both personal and business needs.

The branch’s fleet will feature a range of vehicles for hire, including economy and family cars, convertibles and premium brands such as Mercedes and BMW, to people carriers and vans.

Paul McLoughlin, managing director of Sixt UK, said: “The opening of a second branch in Edinburgh underlines our commitment to provide greater mobility in a bustling and lively city.

Compare Car Hire in the UK“We are very pleased to be able to offer a more extensive service in Edinburgh and provide even more convenience and flexibility to our customers.”

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Alamo rent a car to serve JFK International Airport for first time


Alamo Rent A Car, the largest car rental provider to international customers visiting North America, today announced the opening of a new branch serving customers at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. It is the first time an Alamo branch has been located at JFK Airport to service both domestic and global customers.

Last year Alamo opened a new location at Newark Liberty International Airport. “We are pleased to introduce another new Alamo branch location in the New York City area and provide our low rates and no-hassle service to travelers arriving from all over the world,” said Jason Altman, vice president of airports for Alamo Rent A Car in New York and New Jersey. “Alamo’s quick and easy process enables customers to conveniently choose their own vehicles, based upon their advance reservation and requested car class, and then simply drive away from the airport.”

With locations now serving the two largest airports in the New York/New Jersey region, Alamo is positioned to provide its “hassle-free” rental service to an increasing number of international travelers arriving in the U.S. “Overseas arrivals continue to grow along with the economy,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO, U.S.Travel Association. “Research has shown that tourism is the No. 1 service our country exports. It is encouraging to see companies expanding to meet and serve the needs of travelers visiting the U.S.”Compare Car Hire Berlin

The Alamo branch servicing JFK Airport can be accessed by boarding the monorail to the bus station where an Alamo shuttle bus will drive them directly to the new location.

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