SOURCE: Budget Rent A Car

Budget Rent A Car

April 21, 2010 11:11 ET

Budget Brings Renters More Value With Fuel-Efficient 2010 Fleet

PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(Marketwire - April 21, 2010) -  Because Budget customers are savvy shoppers who appreciate any opportunity to economize when they travel, the 2010 Budget Rent A Car fleet offers customers fuel-efficient vehicles in several car classes that allow renters to save at the gas pump and maximize their travel budget.

Among its fleet of approximately 100,000 vehicles, more than half are rated 28 miles per gallon or better (highway) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition, the current fleet features the smart fortwo coupe that gets an average of 41 miles a gallon (highway), making it one of the most fuel-efficient, standard-engine vehicles available. 

Fuel Savings
Other examples of fuel-efficient vehicles in the 2010 Budget fleet include the following:

    Car Class   Make/Model   MPG (highway/city)
    Economy   Hyundai Accent   36/27
    Compact   Ford Focus   34/24
    Intermediate   Pontiac G6   33/22
    Standard   Nissan Altima   32/23
    Full-size   Ford Taurus   28/18

Budget renters can also save money by reducing fuel consumption when they adopt smart driving tips. These include: avoiding quick starts, hard braking and aggressive driving; sticking to the speed limit; using cruise control, a Global Positioning System (GPS) such as where2® and eToll devices; trying to avoid rush hour; and not idling for more than one minute.

Rental Savings
Budget offers renters other ways to make their dollars travel farther. For example, customers looking to save money on rentals can take advantage of Budget's Pay Now rates; special, Think Fast promotional discounts or seasonal one-way rates; or "Hot Deals," Budget's monthly e-newsletter packed with money-saving offers exclusively for subscribers. In addition, customers who rent from participating Budget airport and neighborhood locations this summer can receive a free copy of Budget's money-saving coupon booklet (while supplies last), which includes great deals and special offers on future rentals and a variety of other products and services.

"Our goal is to provide Budget renters with many different ways to help them save money, without compromising on the vehicle's quality or the level of service they receive," said Becky Alseth, senior vice president of marketing for Avis Budget Group, parent company of Budget. "Whether it's providing them with great low prices on clean, well-maintained vehicles from what we believe to be the youngest fleet in the industry, or offering tips on how to stretch their fuel dollar, Budget customers appreciate that they didn't spend more than necessary to get the products and services they expect."

Time Saving
Those who want to save time when renting can enjoy Fastbreak®, Budget's express rental service featuring paperless transactions. Customers simply sign a Master Rental Agreement which details all their preferences, from vehicle type and ancillary products to optional coverages, and they can then benefit from one-click booking on Budget.com and save time when picking up a vehicle.

For more information or to make a reservation, customers should visit www.budget.com.

About Budget
Budget is one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 2,700 locations in more than 120 countries. Budget is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NYSE: CAR), which operates and franchises the brand throughout the world. For further information, visit www.budget.com.