Go Green Cars!
If you are a fan of European exotic cars and the new eco friendly design of the Fiat 500 (made by Ferrari parent company Fiat Group), check this story out.
According to a story by GCNN, Hertz rental car company has just signed a deal to have the sexy little Italian cars available for rent in their U.S. fleet.
Read the press release below after the more tag and leave a comment to tell us what you think.
We’re big fans of renting any model car before you buy it, driving cars for at least 5-10 years before considering buying a new car, and of selecting car models that are both functional and comfortable to drive, too.
Having seen the Fiat 500 in person early at various exotic car shows in the United States — several years before most of the American crowd got a sneak preview, here’s what we can tell you from first hand knowledge:
Fiat 500 cars are CUTE, have peaked the interest of exotic car owners seeking daily driver run about vehicles, and will undoubtedly be fun to drive mini sports car models.
Read what Hertz and Fiat Group has to say about the rental cars (and Alfa Romeo MiTO, too).
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September 2, 2010 — RENT A FIAT IN THE UNITED STATES FROM HERTZ RENT-A-CAR
Connect by Hertz Introduces Alfa Romeo MiTo Sports Car to Car Sharing Club Fleet Along With More Fiat 500s to Meet Growing Demand
Connect by Hertz, The Hertz Corporation’s (NYSE: HTZ) global car sharing club, today announced its exclusive partnership with Fiat to introduce the iconic Alfa Romeo MiTo and add more Fiat 500s to its fleet. Connect by Hertz will be the only car sharing club offering the new Fiat models, supplying members with the opportunity to click, book and drive the latest additions at http://www.connectbyhertz.com.
The sporty Alfa Romeo MiTo has won wide acclaim for its unprecedented fusion of head-turning high end style, engineering flair, dynamic performance and driving pleasure. To celebrate this exclusive partnership and the addition of the exciting new vehicles, Connect by Hertz is offering customers the chance to get behind the wheel of a MiTo from just GBP5 an hour until September 30th 2010. The regular price is GBP6.95. Customers can also book and drive the Fiat 500 from just GBP3.95 an hour.
Driving rates include insurance, fuel, maintenance, cleaning, roadside assistance and congestion charges and tax following payment of an annual membership fee of GBP50. Incorporating the latest technology, the cars are equipped with keyless entry via a smart chip-enabled Connect Card.
Both the Fiat 500 and Alfa Romeo MiTo each have a CO2 output of less than 120g/km – exceeding the average voluntary target of 140g/km CO2 output set by the EU for the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. The low emissions combined with the excellent fuel economy and the vehicles’ compact size are ideal for city dwellers who want an eco-friendly car on their doorstep without the cost of vehicle ownership.
Bob Stuart, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Hertz, comments: “We are extremely excited to have formed this exclusive alliance with Fiat for our car sharing club offer in the UK. The addition of the Alfa Romeo MiTo and the expansion of our Fiat 500 fleet really demonstrate Connect by Hertz’s commitment to transforming the way we travel in the city. The Fiat 500 has been extremely popular with customers, so we are reacting accordingly by adding more of these to the service. Both cars offer innovative and eco-friendly alternatives while remaining at the height of fashion – a perfect combination for our members.”
The simple click, book and drive system means customers have access to a self-service fleet of cars and vans 24/7 which can be booked online or over the phone using a debit or credit card. The latest keyless technology and neighbourhood parking provide an exceptionally convenient way of driving around the city.
“The Connect arrangement fits very well into our fleet strategy and is a high-profile, exciting deal,” says Andrew Humberstone, managing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK and Ireland.
“This gives us a significant retail platform as this is exactly the right audience for our products,” adds Paolo Lo Monaco, finance and business development director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK and Ireland. “It puts the Fiat 500 and Alfa MiTo right where we want them to be – in the hands of young, environmentally-conscious people who are free-thinking about the car they want to drive.”
About Connect by Hertz
The fleet of Connect by Hertz is carefully chosen based on a set of aggressive standards established in the categories of manufacturing/maintenance quality, environmental sustainability, safety, and a blend of fun and functionality. The fleet includes: Alfa Romeo Mito, MINI Cooper D, Fiat 500, Ford Focus and Ford Transit LWB Vans (London), MINI Cooper D, Opel Meriva and Opel Corsa (Paris), MINI Cooper D, Ford Focus and Nissan Pixo (Berlin), MINI Cooper D, Toyota Yaris and Toyota Verso (Madrid) and Toyota Prius (New York City).
Connect by Hertz adapts the latest in end-to-end telematics to further provide superior customer service. Upon making a reservation, each member receives an email confirmation on bookings as well as a SMS alert indicating the reserved car’s license plate and location. To unlock and engage the vehicle, members simply need to swipe their card over the car’s radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader.
Hertz is the world’s largest general use car rental company, operating from over 8,200 corporate locations in 146 countries. Hertz is now in its 91st year of delivering quality car rental solutions to leisure and corporate customers. Product and service innovations such as Hertz #1 Club Gold, specially designed NeverLost satellite navigation systems, Hertz in-car DVD Entertainment and unique cars offered through the company’s Prestige, Fun and Green Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition.
One of the pioneer companies in the automobile industry, Fiat has produced around 90 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, including more than 400 models since 1899, when the company was founded in Turin, Italy. Some of Fiat’s vehicles have represented milestones in automotive history. The Automobiles business area of Fiat Group encompasses Fiat Group Automobiles (Fiat Automobiles SpA, Alfa Romeo Automobiles SpA, Lancia Automobiles SpA, Abarth SpA and Fiat Light Commercial Vehicles SpA), Ferrari SpA and Maserati SpA.