MELBOURNE, Australia, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world's largest general use car rental brand, today introduces 40 new Toyota Prius Hybrid vehicles into its Green Collection in Australia. All Green Collection cars come with the Hertz Make and Model Guarantee ensuring customers drive away in the exact car they booked.
The comfortable Toyota Prius can be powered by electricity, petrol or a combination of both and are now available to rent from city and airport locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. Perth renters will have the chance to hire these fuel-efficient vehicles from November 1st this year.
Michel Taride, Group President, Hertz International, said: "Globally we are constantly looking for initiatives that reduce environmental impacts. The Green Collection highlights this commitment and features vehicles that reduce CO2 emissions to a practicable minimum."
Chris Rusden, Regional Vice President, Hertz Australia and New Zealand, added: "Sustainable business practices are extremely important to us, and we're proud to expand the Green Collection in Australia with the Toyota Prius. The fuel-efficient vehicle is the ideal rental solution for drivers concerned about the environment and high fuel prices, while also looking for style, comfort and uncompromised performance."
Introducing the Toyota Prius in Australia is part of Hertz's dedication to delivering smart mobility and sustainability solutions via its 'Living Journey' commitment, which builds on the company's heritage of innovation and industry leadership. This includes a range of environmentally conscious business practices as well as vehicle rental options that are fuel efficient and use clean, low-emissions technology.
The new Toyota Prius vehicles offer Hertz customers a spacious and stylish drive, with sleek lines and a sweeping roof that also provides efficiency benefits. The pairing of an electric EV-motor with a robust petrol engine delivers significant fuel savings, and high-performing soundproofing materials deliver a uniquely tranquil drive. Each Toyota Prius seats up to five people, but features 60:40 split retractable rear seats to allow for flexible use of space when fewer passengers are travelling.
Hertz customers can rent the new Toyota Prius vehicles by visiting www.hertz.com. After selecting the Australian pick-up location and booking dates, the currently available Green Collection cars will be displayed.
More information about the Hertz Living Journey sustainability program is available at www.hertzlivingjourney.com.
About The Hertz Corporation
The Hertz Corporation operates its car rental business through the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly brands from approximately 10,400 corporate, licensee and franchisee locations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,800 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 150 countries. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 111 major airports in Europe. Dollar and Thrifty have approximately 1,580 corporate and franchisee locations in approximately 80 countries. Hertz is an inaugural member of Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards Hall of Fame and was recently named, for the thirteenth time, by the magazine's readers as the Best Car Rental Agency. Hertz was also voted the Best Overall Car Rental Company in Zagat's 2013/14 U.S. Car Rental Survey, earning top honors in 10 additional categories, and the Company swept the global awards for Best Rewards Program and Best Overall Benefits from FlyerTalk.com. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, NeverLost®, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company's Adrenaline, Prestige and Green Traveler Collections, also set Hertz apart from the competition. Additionally, Hertz owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen Corporation and operates the Hertz 24/7 hourly car rental business. Hertz also operates one of the world's largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, through approximately 350 branches in the United States, Canada, China, France, Spain and Saudi Arabia, as well as through its international licensees.
About Hertz Australia
In Australia, Hertz has approximately 220 locations including all major airports, cities and a large number of regional towns. The fleet includes a range of well-maintained vehicles encompassing economy, intermediate and full-size cars as well as the Prestige, Fun, Adrenaline and Green Collections. In addition, minivans, 4WDs, trucks, mining and commercial vehicles are available to hire. Hertz Australia's products and services include the innovative Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, the specially designed NeverLost® satellite navigation system in a range of languages, Mobile Wi-Fi and Premium Roadside Assistance.
SOURCE The Hertz Corporation