SOURCE: The Hertz Corporation

The Hertz Corporation

April 08, 2010 16:16 ET

Connect by Hertz Drives Onto University of Maryland Campus

PARK RIDGE, NJ--(Marketwire - April 8, 2010) - Connect by Hertz car sharing program has brought their services to University of Maryland in Baltimore, providing students, staff and faculty who become Connect members with the use of a car by the hour or day.

The University, conscious of its carbon footprint, has teamed up with Connect by Hertz to supply students living on campus with an economical, convenient and environmentally friendly 'set of wheels' to get around with and makes carpooling to and from campus more attractive and convenient. Connect provides members with the assurance that if they need to run an errand or leave campus for any reason, a car is easily accessible to them.

"We are pleased to have University of Maryland join the 35 universities Connect by Hertz is currently serving, and continues to serve, as we expand to more colleges nationwide," said Bob Stuart, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Hertz. "Since we made Connect available to the university markets, we find that campuses who understand the value in providing car sharing to their students and staff have confidence in the product and service we offer."

The University's self-service fleet is available on campus and consists of three vehicles, including a Toyota Prius, Ford Escape, and the MINI Cooper; all of which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and parked on campus. The membership fee will be waived for any new members that sign up through April and the application fee will be waived for the first six months for the university. The rates for the vehicles start at $8 per hour or $62 per day for a Prius and go up to $10 per hour or $75 per day for a MINI.

To qualify for Connect by Hertz car sharing, potential members must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver's license and clean driving record. A valid credit or debit card and proof of address is also required.

Connect by Hertz, the Hertz Corporation's global car sharing club, has more than 650 vehicles, 14,000 members and more than 300 locations worldwide, including corporate offices and universities. Connect by Hertz offers vehicles in the Personal, Social and Jet Set Collections; all are available for online reservation at competitive rates through the Connect, Connect 50 or Connect 125 programs. All cars are equipped with Eileo® technology, and benefits covered by the hourly rate include gas, insurance, GPS turn-by-turn navigation, 24/7 roadside assistance, 24-hour Member Care Center communication, and 180 free miles per day. For more information, see connectbyhertz.com.

Hertz, a subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ), is the world's largest general use car rental brand, operates from approximately 8,100 locations in 146 countries worldwide. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 78 major airports in Europe, operating both corporate and licensee locations in cities and airports in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the Company has licensee locations in cities and airports in Africa and the Middle East. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz #1 Club Gold®, NeverLost® customized, onboard navigation systems, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio®, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company's Prestige, Fun and Green Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. Connect by Hertz, the Company's global car sharing club operates in Berlin, London, Madrid, New York City and Paris. Hertz also operates one of the world's largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, offering a diverse line of equipment, including tools and supplies, as well as new and used equipment for sale, to customers ranging from major industrial companies to local contractors and consumers from approximately 325 branches in the United States, Canada, China, France and Spain.

For more information about Connect by Hertz or to sign up for membership visit www.connectbyhertz.com. To make traditional car rental reservations or for more information, customers can call their travel agent or call Hertz toll-free at 1-800-654-3131. Information and reservations are also available on the web at www.hertz.com. For information on Hertz Equipment Rental, visit the company on the web at www.hertzequip.com.