SOURCE: Budget Rent A Car

Budget Rent A Car

December 07, 2009 15:50 ET

Budget Now Offers the smart fortwo

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - December 7, 2009) - When it comes to driving and parking in congested cities, Budget Rent A Car believes Daimler's revolutionary, space-saving "smart fortwo" might just be the answer. Measuring 8.8 feet long, 5.1 feet tall and 5.1 feet wide, the innovative 2009 smart fortwo pure coupe is the latest addition to Budget's "Street Fleet," a series of popular vehicles available for reservation by specific make and model.

Available at select Budget neighborhood locations, including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Key West, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco, the smart fortwo pure coupe gets an average U.S. EPA rated 33 miles a gallon (city) and 41 miles a gallon (highway). Aside from hybrids, the smart fortwo is the most fuel-efficient vehicle available from Budget. In addition to its unique compact design, the vehicle features a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine and offers many accessory and safety features found in most luxury vehicles. These include the protective "tridion safety cell," developed especially for the smart fortwo which acts very much like a NASCAR® roll cage to protect passengers, electronic stability program, anti-lock braking system and four airbags.

"Budget customers are savvy travelers," said Becky Alseth, senior vice president of marketing for Avis Budget Group, parent company of Budget. "The smart fortwo offers great fuel-efficiency and is a practical way to get around, especially in traffic-clogged areas. Their addition to our fleet gives our customers more ability to make a wise choice."

The smart fortwo is available for rent starting at $29.99 per day. For more information or to make a reservation, visit

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Budget is one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 2,750 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