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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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Fly from Cardiff to Malaga


Spanish low-cost airline, Vueling, will launch flights between Cardiff and Malaga in Spring 2013, with flights priced from around £32 one way.

Vueling began operations from Cardiff earlier this year with direct flights to Barcelona, Palma and Alicante, operated by Airbus A320 aircraft for the summer season.

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World Travel Awards announces 2012 Africa winners


World Travel Awards has unveiled the leading travel brands in Africa for 2012.

South African Airways, Abercrombie & Kent, &Beyond, Avis, Travel with Flair and Mantis Collection were among the organisations named the finest in their field by voters.

Morocco’s continuing rise up the global tourism order was acknowledged with it emerging victorious in several blue-ribbon categories.

The ancient medina of Marrakech saw off tough competition from the likes of the Kalahari Desert (Namibia), Kruger National Park (South Africa), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and Cape Town (South Africa) to win the coveted title of “Africa’s Leading Destination”.

Properties in Marrakech also enjoyed top honours.

Amanjena was voted “Africa’s Leading Luxury Resort”, while the Royal Mansour was named “Africa’s Leading Hotel” in a category that included The Palace of the Lost City (South Africa), Fairmont the Norfolk (Kenya) and Grand Hyatt Cairo (Egypt).

Nations across the continent shared in the travel triumph.

Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences (Egypt) was voted “Africa’s Leading New Hotel”, while Magical Kenya was named “Africa’s Leading Tourist Board”.

South Africa enjoyed a significant share of the accolades.

Notable winners included Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa (“Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel”), The Blue Train (“Africa’s Leading Luxury Train”), Ellerman House & Villa (Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa), Fairmont Zimbali (“Africa’s Leading Tourism Development Project”) and Shamwari Game Reserve (“Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge”).

The comprehensive WTA programme, hailed as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ by the global media, highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry in quality, innovation and service, over the past year.
WTA president Graham Cooke underlined the depth and quality of the travel and tourism sector across Africa.

He said: “Our winners are drawn from the breadth of Africa, reflecting how the outstanding natural attractions of the continent are being complimented with a growing portfolio of luxury facilities.

“I am sure these organisations will fare strongly in our Grand Final, which takes place in New Delhi, India on December 12th 2012.”

 
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Posted by on 20/09/2012 in Travel News

 

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