SOURCE: The Hertz Corporation

The Hertz Corporation

April 20, 2011 11:08 ET

Connect by Hertz Expands One-Way Car Sharing Program

Metro-New York Car Sharing Members Can Drop Off Cars at Over 100 Locations, Including NYC-Area Airports, the Hamptons, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

PARK RIDGE, NJ--(Marketwire - Apr 20, 2011) - Connect by Hertz (www.connectbyhertz.com), Hertz's (NYSE: HTZ) global car sharing club, announces the expansion of its unprecedented one-way program, significantly increasing the number of locations members can pick up or drop off their vehicle. The program, unmatched by any car sharing competitor, allows members to rent one-way from any of more than 100 locations in greater New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., the Hamptons and Hoboken, NJ. Locations include all of the New York City area airports, LaGuardia, JFK and Newark. As the program expands, Connect members will eventually be able to rent one-way from New York City to other Connect cities and college campuses throughout the country.

Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hertz, said, "Car sharing customers want the flexibility to pick up and drop off at different locations and Connect by Hertz is the first major car sharing company to offer this service. Members will be able to drive a car to or from the NYC-area airports at prices which beat limousine and taxi service. Also, we are providing the option to drive one-way from the 100 locations in the City, Hoboken, the Hamptons, Philadelphia and D.C. We are leveraging Hertz's infrastructure and advanced, proprietary in-car technology to provide Connect car sharing members competitively priced, premium car sharing experiences unmatched in the industry."

Connect by Hertz has also announced, for its U.S. business, it is waiving all membership fees, expanding vehicle options and guaranteeing availability of cars Monday through Thursday, holidays included.

Connect members can pick up cars from approximately 100 Connect by Hertz and classic Hertz Rent A Car locations in New York City and leave the car at Connect by Hertz and classic Hertz rental locations in the City, at Hertz's on-airport facilities at the three airports, or at the Hertz location in the Hamptons. Connect cars can also be picked up at the airport and driven one-way back into the City. As the program expands, Connect members will eventually be able to rent one-way from New York City to other Connect cities and college campuses.

Frissora added, "The success of our one-way program depends on systems to manage Connect's vehicles so a car is always ready for the next member. By capitalizing on Hertz's fleet management technology and in-car telematics, as well as Hertz's on- and off-airport car rental locations, Connect by Hertz is able to expand its service offerings to meet the needs of its members," he concluded.

Connect by Hertz continually adapts the latest technology to provide members with an easy-to-use and flexible membership program. Connect's one way program fulfills members' transportation needs throughout the City and to Philadelphia and D.C., for trips to the airport and even out to the Hamptons during the upcoming summer holidays.

Connect by Hertz car sharing has approximately 30,000 members, is available in six countries and on 54 university campuses. Connect by Hertz offers its members products and services that are unmatched in the car sharing industry, including guaranteed reservations, Monday through Friday, including holidays; a variety of Electric Vehicles, the Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, and smart fortwo electric drive; an in-house Member Care Center available 24/7, 365 days a year; an in-car GPS system in every vehicle, included in the hourly rate; a fast and easy-to-use updated website; and rates as low as $5 in Manhattan.

Connect by Hertz's industry leading, propriety in-car technology provides members a safe and superior car sharing experience. Upon enrolling in Connect by Hertz, members receive a smart chip enabled Connect card, which gives them keyless entry to any car in the fleet that the member reserves. In the car, a hands-free audio kit connects members to a Member Care Center representative should they have questions, need assistance or need to extend their use of the car. Connect by Hertz is able to "communicate" with the vehicle, enabling representatives to unlock, engage and locate vehicles and cars are also equipped with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth capabilities, for a hands free driving experience, and EZ Pass transponders.

For more information, visit www.connectbyhertz.com or call Member Care Services at 877-654-4400

About Connect by Hertz

Connect by Hertz, The Hertz Corporation's (NYSE: HTZ) global car sharing club, has more than 700 vehicles, approximately 30,000 members and more than 200 locations worldwide, including corporate offices and universities. Connect by Hertz vehicles 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, in the US, 180 free miles per day. For more information, visit www.connectbyhertz.com.