Posts Tagged ‘Alamo’

Enterprise to invest in growing electric fleet

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Enterprise Holdings has announced that it will be investing in growing its fleet of electrically powered vehicles as well as improving its infrastructure by upgrading facilities and introducing more charging stations. The car hire giant also said it was the first company in the US to introduce the Chevy Volt into its electric fleet.

Currently, Enterprise supplies customers with a range of EVs including the Nissan LEAF, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Peugeot iOn. The company will be growing the number of electric vehicles available through its WeCar programme, business schemes and Enterprise branches in territories such as Seattle, San Francisco and Portland.

In a statement, Enterprise chairman and CEO Andrew Taylor said it was vital to the future of the car hire industry to keep vehicles economically viable and acceptable to the consumer. He added that 1.6 million vehicles are introduced by the industry every year, and the way in which those vehicles are powered is going to become increasingly important.

Lisa Martini, a company spokesperson, said Enterprise intended to use 5,500 branches around the US to introduce more customers to the latest alternative technology. She added that the introduction of more EVs would help Enterprise to become more environmentally friendly.

Over the coming five years, Enterprise is aiming to reduce the amount of energy it uses, along with related costs, by 20 per cent annually. By doing this, the firm said it would save around $50 million. As well as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the firm operates the National and Alamo brands.

Hertz announces solar power plans

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Hertz, one of the world’s best known car hire brands, has announced a new initiative to introduce solar power to selected locations across the US. The plans involve retrofitting facilities with photovoltaic panels similar to the ones installed at the company’s outlet at Denver International Airport in December last year.

Currently there are plans to upgrade 16 locations with the intention of growing the initiative into the future. Hertz senior vice president, Richard Broome, pointed out that the company was continually striving to implement environmentally friendly practices. He said that it had already made large savings on the amount of water being used as well as supplying customers with the option to hire low-emission and electric vehicles.

Hertz has already announced plans to offer its customers the Chevrolet Volt, an electric car designed for extended journeys. The firm will also roll out the Nissan Leaf at a number of locations across Europe and the US as the cars become available, and Californian customers will be able to get their hands on the Coda EV early next year.

Rival car hire giant Enterprise is also aiming to offer more electric solutions. The Chevrolet Volt is already available, and the company will be introducing the Leaf and the Coda EV to its forecourts as soon as they are released.

Enterprise, owner of the Enterprise, National and Alamo brands has also committed itself to reducing its energy bills by around 20 per cent over the next five years. To this end, the firm has announced a $150 million investment plan.

Alamo and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts extend alliance

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Car hire firm Alamo has extended a multi-year agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to be the official car hire brand at its theme parks in Orlando and California. The extended agreement means it will also continue to be Walt Disney Travel Company’s official rental car provider.

Alamo’s parent company, Enterprise Holdings, said the partnership would continue to provide customers at Walt Disney World and Disneyland with the superior service they have come to expect from the brands. Enterprise’s vice president of travel industry relations, Ron Cerko, said the firm was proud to be able to offer the speed and efficiency provided by its self-service kiosks to individuals and families taking a holiday at the resorts.

The kiosks operate on award winning technology which means the need to join long queues in order to collect a rental vehicle is a thing of the past. As well as being available for customers’ use at the on-site car rental stations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Alamo has kiosks at 67 airports in the US.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ senior vice president, Alliances and Operating Participants, George Aguel, said the continued alliance with Alamo would mean all aspects of a holiday with Disney would remain seamless for guests of its resorts. He added that the wish by both companies to provide a superior service to customers made the partnership an obvious one.

Alamo’s website will provide those wishing to holiday at Disney’s resorts with a link to ticket sales. Alamo will promote its ongoing partnership through adverts both on the television and online.

Avis steps in to acquire Dollar Thrifty

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Dollar Thrifty’s management was foiled in its attempts to reach a deal with Hertz last week by its own shareholders. The day before the vote on whether to accept Hertz’s offer, which equated to $50.88 per share, Hertz announced that the offer would be its last. It is believed that shareholders voted against the offer because Avis had announced that its counter offer of $53 per share would remain on the table.

Avis has said it will now work with Dollar Thrifty to persuade antitrust regulators that a tie up will not breach competition guidelines. The antitrust issue is believed to be one of the main reasons Dollar Thrifty’s board favoured a deal with Hertz, even though Avis has offered more money for the firm.

Dollar Thrifty has asked Avis not to pursue its bid until the authorities give approval for a deal. Avis has said it is willing to wait.

The battle for Dollar Thrifty has been going on for months. Both Hertz and Avis believe the acquisition of a budget car hire brand like Dollar will help grow revenue at a time when the business traveller is noticeably absent.

Consolidation is also seen by many as a way of ensuring future growth. In 2002, the company which owns Avis bought the Budget brand. In 2007, Enterprise’s parent acquired Alamo and National. According to IBISWorld, Enterprise and its subsidiaries now have a market share of 37 per cent; Hertz owns 20 per cent and Avis currently has 17 per cent. Dollar Thrifty has less than seven per cent.

Enterprise continues strong performance in 2010

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Enterprise Holdings, the umbrella company which operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental, is celebrating the highlights of the 2010 financial year. The world’s largest car rental service provider ended its fiscal year on 31 July with a four per cent increase in revenues of $12.6 billion. In 2009 the firm declared revenues of $12.1 billion.

Enterprise said the results indicated improvement across all of its worldwide operations. Chairman and chief executive, Andrew C Taylor, said the strong results for the last financial year were due to a tightening of costs, improved customer service and strong management. He added that the last few years had been a struggle, but Enterprise had managed to rise to the challenge of the difficult economic conditions.

The improved financial results are a reflection of the successful integration of the Alamo and National brands and a continued strong performance by the flagship Enterprise name.

Taylor said the acquisition of Alamo and National in 2007 was continuing to show long term pay offs. He added that the combined performance of all three brands would provide the momentum needed for continued growth through the 2011 fiscal year.

In recognition of Enterprise Holdings’ improved financial performance, Standard & Poor Ratings Services pushed its long-term rating for the company up from BBB to BBB+ in February. S&P said it had decided to do this because the firm continued to prove it had strong cash flow, had managed to substantially reduce its debt and had strengthened its credit ratios.

Carrentals.co.uk offers ski resort car hire from as little as £8 per day

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Popular car hire comparison website Carrentals.co.uk, is offering travellers to European and North American ski resorts budget car rental from as little as £8 per day. The late deal, to coincide with the spectacular snow in many resorts, is on offer at Girona Airport.

The award-winning price comparison website is also offering cut price deals on car rentals from just £17 a day at Bergao Airport, £21 a day in Salzburg, £15 a day from Zaragoza Airport and £17 a day at Turin Airport.

Managing director of Carrentals.co.uk Gareth Robinson said that this year was seeing great snowfall in popular resorts throughout North America and Europe, and with that in mind, the website is recommending that travellers who are heading for a late getaway should book ahead and compare online to get the best deals.

He also pointed out that because Carrentals.co.uk compared deals from numerous suppliers all on one website, people are always able to get the best deal around. The company has also been advising customers to book extras like snow chains and sat nav systems in advance, to ensure that they are not disappointed once they arrive at the airport.

Carrentals.co.uk compares different car hire options from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Budget, easyCar, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 9,000 locations around the world.

Car hire from $3 a day for travellers leaving Florida

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Travellers who are looking for a cheap deal on car rental, who are also willing to leave Florida, are able to pick up a good price on car rental.  This is due to a number of car rental firms having too many cars in the state. Companies such as Alamo, Hertz and Enterprise urgently need to get these cars out of the Sunshine State.

Reports say that these translate into a great deal for those who require car hire in Florida, with some firms offering deals as low as $3 a day to hire a car. But the condition is that the car must be returned at a location that is not in the state of Florida.

Car hire firms such as Alamo, have been recommending that travellers purchase a one way ticket to Florida for vacation, then take a fun road trip to a neighbouring state. At present, Alamo is offering car rental rates for $10 per day for a mid-size or compact car. 

The driver can take advantage of these prices for up to 21 days. Travellers must rent the car between April 5 and May 21 in order to qualify for the cheap prices.  The car must be returned to a location within the US, but outside of Florida.

The world’s largest car rental company, Hertz, is offering a similar deal. Travellers booking a car need to ask for the code ’1WAY’ either online or when booking over the phone. This gives car hirers the chance to rent a car for $3 per day, but the deal is only available until the end of March.

One-way vehicle rental deals offered in Arizona

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Holidaymakers planning to take a vacation in the West can do it for less using a car hire promotion. Several firms are currently offering one-way car rentals for users in Arizona or the Northwest. This car rental deal is similar to the earlier promotion offered in Florida.

The recent promotion was due to rental companies’ strategy to reposition their vehicles coming from various winter vacation destinations and to distribute them out for the summer holiday season. They let their clients do it for them by giving out rental promotions.

Sometimes, one-way rentals that do not have a promotion can be quite pricey. Some companies, for instance, charge $1,000 rental fee from Orlando to Washington DC for a week.

With the latest offering, clients can take advantage of a cheap rental deal while vehicles from the car hire firms get moved. Companies like National and Alamo are now offering one-way rentals starting at $17, with pick up points in Mesa, Phoenix, Glendale or Scottsdale in Arizona.

Meanwhile, they have drop-off points in cities across California, Kansas, Cleveland, Las Vegas, and Medford, Portland, Eugene or Redmond in Oregon. Also under the one-way deal, minivan hire will only cost customers $21 per day.

Meanwhile, Avis has the same promotion as well, with vehicle rentals starting at $16 per day.  Under the scheme, clients can pick up the vehicle at several locations across Arizona, and drop them off later in Yuma and centres across California and Nevada. Avis one-way deal is available for a maximum of seven days.

Asap.co.uk re launches its travel price comparison service

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

The popular travel price comparison website Asap.co.uk has re launched promising to give its customers a better choice of deals on car hire, air fares and accommodation from market-leaders in the travel industry. It says it will now supply visitors to the site the best choices and the cheapest deals because it realizes that value for money is what people are looking for in the present economic climate.

Asap.co.uk says that the new service will now provide its customers with a one-stop shop for all the very latest deals at the very lowest prices from airline companies like British Airways to car rental firms like Alamo.

Marketing director of Asap.co.uk, Gareth Robinson explains that the new service is different to other price comparison sites because instead of using pay-per-click technology it uses the cost per acquisition model. This means that because the site earns revenue only when a customer makes a reservation it is in its best interest to supply information on the widest possible range of services available. The approach means that Asap.co.uk is in contact with a huge number of car rental companies, airlines and hotels all of whom supply their very latest deals and their very lowest prices. Robinson said that he was well aware that the company already had a large loyal following and the new ability to offer a wider range of services was quite simply to give those customers in the leisure and business sectors a greater range of up to the minute price deals.

Alamo celebrates Johnny Depp Film Release

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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Johnny Depp’s latest film, Public Enemies, was just released in the UK and Alamo car rental is celebrating by highlighting the Midwest driving routes used in the movie. Drivers of Alamo rental cars will be able to follow in the footsteps of John Dillinger, as played by Depp, as they cruise the popular Midwest destinations featured in the film.

The film features several isolated towns and rural areas in the Midwestern United States. This part of the country was a hide-out for the gangsters of the 1930’s. (more…)