Hertz expands UK network

Hertz UK Limited, a part of The Hertz Corporation, a general use car rental brand, will expand its network following the recent acquisition of CCL Vehicle Rentals Limited (CCL), the Dorset, UK-based national accident management provider.

The new branches will provide both Hertz and CCL customers with a complete range of rental vehicles including cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles, as well as special weekend rates for local leisure business. Additionally, Hertz is opening major hub locations for its CCL business and co-locating with body shops, hotels and repair facilities to serve local customers.

Michel Taride, group president of Hertz International, said: ‘We are fully committed to developing new and expanded partnerships in the car and van Insurance Replacement Market in the UK, offering customers pickup and delivery services, as well as growing leisure and business rentals. The expansion of our network in the country reinforces our commitment to the Insurance Replacement Market and local customers now and in the future.’

Neil Cunningham, general manager, UK & Europe Off Airport at Hertz UK Limited, said: ‘Hertz and CCL are a powerful combination to meet the needs of insurers and the wider market. By bringing our locations closer to the customer we hope to support greater choice and bring our comprehensive range of products and exceptional service to the industry and consumer alike.’

Hertz has opened 17 locations in the UK so far this year including Ashford, Barnstaple, Basildon, Bedford, Bolton, Bow, Bracknell, Catterick, Chatham, Colwyn Bay, Gravesend, Hastings, Islington, Newbury, Thetford, Walkden (Manchester), and Wembley. Hertz will continue the rapid expansion, with ten more locations to open in the next two months, mainly across Northern areas and the Midlands.

CCL Accident Support is a pioneer in accident management services to the authorised hire and credit hire market in the UK. With a turnover of over £21 million in 2012, the company now employs nearly 200 people across six UK locations.

Hertz responds to growing supercar rental market

The Hertz Corporation, a subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, a US-based car rental company, has added to its supercar rental line-up in Europe.

Supercars can now be rented from Hertz outlets in France and Italy, with the Netherlands also offering the service from April this year. The new European coverage is augmented by the addition of more up-market models to the existing fleets in Spain and the UK.

The supercar rental segment is experiencing good growth, with more motorists than ever prepared to pay for the opportunity of driving exotic models with purchase prices that exclude all but the very wealthy from enjoying permanent ownership. Getting behind the wheel of an upmarket brand is particularly popular as an additional treat when holidaying abroad.

Included on Hertz’s supercar list are British favourites, the Bentley GT Continental the Jaguar X-KR and the McLaren MP-12C, while the Italian marques are represented by the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider Scaglietti and the Lamborghini LP 560 Spyder. Porsche, Aston Martin and Range Rover models are also listed, but all models are subject to regional availability.

The group president of RAC International, Hertz Corporation, Michel Taride, said. ‘The expansion of our supercar rentals in Europe is fantastic news for customers worldwide who want a taste of the millionaire lifestyle. Our supercars are being driven out on the open road by true car enthusiasts, people wanting to land an important business deal, and those desiring an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

‘Once again, Hertz is demonstrating its flair for providing highly rewarding customer experiences and a wide choice of offerings to suit every occasion.’

Hertz expands into boat rental

US-based car rental firm, Hertz, has announced that it has launched a boat-renting service in Amsterdam.

The firm said that its new Netherlands-based service would allow travellers to explore the city using the waterways. The charge will be EUR5 per hour of boating.

Called Hertz Rent a Boat, the service will offer customers motorboats, taxis and open boats. Those that need a bigger boat can opt for one at a price of EUR150.

Travellers that want to take the pleasures of city boating to another level can also hire other services including a private chef, and companies looking to host a corporate event may hire tailor-made catering services. The firm said that customers that rent boats do not necessarily have to stay in the boat until the cruise is completed. They can visit land destinations that are on the cruise route and return when they are ready to leave. Depending on the boat that is selected for the cruise, customers may also benefit from facilities that can include a kitchen, stereo system, electricity and a bar.

The company has also introduced canal cruisers that can accommodate 20 people in addition to staff.

Michel Taride, president of Hertz International, said, ‘Whether renters are looking for a relaxing cruise along the water with an experienced captain or want an adventure as they navigate themselves round the city’s water ways, Rent a Boat is an ideal option.’

Hertz Corporation is reported to be the world’s largest airport general use car rental brand, and operates from approximately 8,500 locations in 150 countries. It also runs an equipment rental businesses and a fleet leasing and management service.


Hertz Expands Gold Plus Rewards Loyalty Programme

Hertz Global Holdings, a US-based car rental company offering services around the world, has announced the expansion of its Hertz Gold Plus Rewards programme.

The loyalty programme is currently being extended to Australia, New Zealand and Brazil as well as nine European countries, including the UK. The extended programme allows its members to redeem their points for rentals in the new countries.

Mark P Frissora, the company chairman and chief executive officer, said, ‘With the addition of Australia, New Zealand and Brazil to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, we have taken another step in expanding our customer loyalty program across the globe. We continue to make the programme faster, easier, more flexible and most importantly, a greater value to our Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members around the world.’

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members can benefit from a variety of rental terms and car types including the Prestige, Fun, Adrenaline, and Green Collections in Europe and America, the Family Collection in Europe, and specialty vehicles in Australia, Brazil and New Zealand.

The points may also be redeemed for a weekend rental in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, in addition to Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The company is currently offering a discount of 15 percent to 20 percent on its car rentals for summer travellers in the UK, on bookings made by June 15, 2012, for rentals to be completed by December 16, 2012.

The company has also recently announced that it is entering into agreements to expand its fleet of electric cars and vans, and to promote electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in UK.

Hertz Rentals Introduces New Green Addition to Portfolio

Hertz Global Holdings, a US-based car rental company that offers its services around the world, is offering a new addition to its Green Traveler Collection.

The Green Traveler Collection offers clean diesel vehicles for rental, as part of the company’s policy of moving to a greener portfolio.

The company, the first of the car rental companies to offer electric vehicles, will be adding the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI clean diesel vehicle to its collection, a car that is currently available for rent in the US.

Mark P Frissora, the company chairman and chief executive officer, said, ‘Hertz has one of the largest, most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry with 68 percent of our cars getting 30 MPGs or better. With the addition of the Jetta TDI Clean Diesel, Hertz’s Green Traveler Collection has an average fuel efficiency of 58MPGs, providing travellers with a variety of cars that are fuel-efficient and that use clean, low-emission technology. Smart mobility rental choices are an integral part of Hertz’s sustainability strategy to reduce the environmental impacts of driving, without compromising convenience or customer needs.’

The Jetta TDI’s Clean Diesel engine produces around 90 percent less air pollution than older diesels vehicles, with a lower fuel cost per mile. Some of the cars currently offered in the UK as part of the Green Collection are the VW Polo BlueMotion, Toyota Auris Hybrid, VW Golf 1.6 S or Audi A3 SE, and VW Passat BlueMotion.

The company is currently offering a discount of 15 to 25 percent on its car rentals in the UK for summer travellers.