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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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Hertz Commitment To Car Hire Safety


The Hertz Corporation has declared that its U.S. car hire fleet does not contain any of the Toyota vehicles recently the subject of a safety recall in relation to power-window switches.

The company said its corporate hire fleet vehicles are currently from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Model Years. All of the recalled vehicles are from model years prior to 2010.

“The vehicles in the Hertz car rental fleet are from the current and most recent model years, and typically avoid the maintenance and repair issues consumers may encounter with older cars,” commented Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mark P. Frissora. “Our emphasis on clean, safe and newer cars results in higher levels of customer confidence that their rental experience will be trouble-free. Whenever a vehicle in our fleet is subject to a safety recall, it is taken out of the fleet immediately not rented again until it has been repaired.”

It is Hertz’s policy not to hire or sell a recalled vehicle until it is fixed. In January, Hertz was the first hire car company to reach an agreement with Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) that mirrors the planned federal legislation announced on September 27, 2012. The legislation, which is consistent with current Hertz policy, prohibits recalled rental vehicles from being hired until they’ve been fixed, and also allows hire companies to continue managing the recall and repair procedure.

 

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Enterprise Rent A Car expands home working pilot


Car hire company Enterprise rent-a-car is expanding its home-working pilot programme after experiencing significant positive results after only a few months.  Enterprise launched the pilot to establish whether home-working was a viable approach to growing its call centre, based in Aldershot. During the pilot, call centre employees from the Enterprise Business Support (EBS) facility were given the opportunity to work from home and were set up with all the technical support to make this a success. EBS is primarily responsible for handling telephone reservations and due to the growth of the business and the premises were almost at capacity.

Enterprise then compared the cost of setting up an employee to work from home against the cost of having an office-based employee. The comparison showed the cost of an office-based employee is around £5000 per year whilst the cost of a home-based employee is only £1500 in the first year for set-up costs and is then almost minimal in subsequent years.

This immediate 70 per cent cost-saving, combined with several other very compelling benefits which the company has seen from the programme, has demonstrated that home-working is a very successful business approach.

Some of the other benefits of the home-working pilot have included improved retention, reduction in absenteeism and disciplinary issues, higher employee satisfaction and a more diverse work force – helping the company to fulfill its wider commitment to creating a fully inclusive and diverse work place.  The retention level for EBS home-based employees is 80 per cent, almost 20 per cent higher than the national average for call centres. In addition, the home working programme has made it easier for Enterprise to provide out of hours call centre assistance, improving the customer experience.

As a result, Enterprise will be expanding the programme as demand for call centre employees increases moving forwards, with a view to achieving a target of 50 per cent of EBS employees becoming home-workers over time.

Leigh Lafever-Ayer, HR Director UK and Ireland at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said, “Most of our UK employees are branch based and need to be on the branch floor to look after customers. So we’ve focused our home working opportunities on back office functions. We’ve proved employees can be as effective working from home and this approach can help control cost. It’s evidence that flexible working can be a very successful business strategy.

“We’ve also found that we’ve been able to recruit a more diverse work force to our call centre because we can offer greater flexibility. The home-working pilot has attracted a completely wide group of candidates from working mothers to retired company directors, people who want to work and be part of an ambitious business, but need the flexibility of working from home.”

Katy Harding is one of the home-based Customer Service Specialists at Enterprise Rent-A-Car and lives in Farnham, Surrey.

She says: “Since becoming a home worker, I have definitely seen my work-life balance improve for the better. I find I have much more time for my family and friends, which is ironic as I actually now work more hours per week than when I was office-based.Compare Car Hire with Car Hire Assistant

“Although occasionally I miss the friendly faces, I find I am much more productive at home, plus it’s nice to not have to fight for the parking space, or, wait for the over-crowded bus to get home.”

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iPhone mobile app launched called CarHirePro by Car Hire Assistant


Car rental price comparison site, Car Hire Assistant has introduced a new mobile “App” to allow users of the popular iPhone and iPad to easily compare prices on car hire. Named “CarHirePro”, this free app is available for download from Apple Store through iTunes by searching for “Car Hire Assistant” and more information can be found on the Car Hire Assistant main website.

Car Hire Assistant recognised that users want a convenient, fast and simple method to compare car rental prices on the move and this application does so in a fast and logical manner. Users can even use GPS to locate their nearest car hire centres.

In addition to searching for the best prices, users can book their hire in a simple 3 stage process and then review and/or amend their bookings using the CarHirePro application.

Car Hire Assistant can cater for users seeking a rental car in some 175 countries on 5 continents. And, with up to 550 rental operators searched, users can choose from over 30,000 car hire locations.

To offer the widest possible choice, Car Hire Assistant includes searches of local and regional rental operators, in addition to well known brands such as Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, Enterprise, National, SIXT and Dollar.

The CarHirePro mobile app will allow you to do any of the following:

  • Select your current location
  • Choose which currency you want to receive the prices in
  • Search using simple and very quick entry function
  • Find your nearest rental location using in-built GPS
  • Ability to book online
  • Facility to amend and change reservations using the app

As an intermediary, Car Hire Assistant adds nothing to the rental price, users can search and book with the confidence of knowing they will receive a selection of the very best car rental deals, from local and national brands, without the fear of hidden extras or charges.

CarHirePro is a free application and available for immediate download.

Download the CarhirePro from iTunes App Store using the link below, or search for “Car Hire Assistant” on your iPhone or iPad. 

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Hertz Buys Pioneer rentals


Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. announced that Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) has purchased Pioneer Equipment Rental and Sales, a top Oklahoma based construction and industrial equipment hire business, focused principally on rentals to the industrial and construction segments, that serves the Oklahoma, Southern Kansas and Northern Texas markets.

“Pioneer Rental is another significant step in our commitment to diversify HERC geographically as well as to expand its product and service portfolio,” commented Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Pioneer Rental gives HERC an even larger footprint in the Oklahoma equipment rental market and access to a broader range of contractor and industrial business. The acquisition immediately increases HERC’s overall market share, bringing to 12 the total number of HERC locations in Oklahoma, while advancing HERC’s industrial penetration strategy particularly in the attractive oil and gas market.”

Compare Car Hire in the UKThe Oklahoma industrial and construction sectors are forecasted to expand in excess of 20% in 2013. Pioneer Rental will bring $25 million of annual revenue to HERC, and the purchase will be accretive to Hertz’s 2012 earnings.

“I’m very excited to join the Hertz team,” commented John Redwine, President, Pioneer Rental. “Hertz has been a strong player in this area and around the country for a long time. I’m convinced that both the Hertz and Pioneer customers will greatly benefit with the expanded footprint and services that will be available to meet their equipment needs.”

Established in 1998, Pioneer Equipment Rental and Sales is a major, independent rental company specialising in the hire and sale of equipment for industrial, construction, earthmoving, and material handling customers. In addition, Pioneer offers extensive repair and maintenance programs with comprehensive parts, inventories, mobile service, planned maintenance, and fleet management.

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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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