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Hertz launches global car-share club

Date: 19 December 2008

Daily rental giant Hertz has launched a global car club in three major cities, as exclusively predicted by BusinessCar in September.

Starting in London, Paris and New York, the car club is called Connect and allows members to use and park cars in these cities on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Hertz plans to grow the club in 2009 by adding locations in cities around Europe and "intends to become the world leader of car sharing by 2011".

In London the club will be populated with Minis, Ford Fiestas and Ford Focuses

Speaking at the launch Boris Johnson, mayor of London said: "The Connect by Hertz global car club is a fantastic way for Londoners to cut their motoring costs and help cut carbon emissions in the capital. Car clubs reduce the numbers of privately owned cars on the road, helping to reduce pollution and congestion in the capital. That is why Transport for London is also supporting 21 London boroughs to introduce 500 car club vehicles into London this year."

Prices start from just £3.95 per hour for the Ford Fiesta, the rates include insurance, fuel, maintenance, cleaning, roadside assistance and congestion charges, following payment of an annual membership fee of £50.

"After enrolling, the self-service system provides Connect members with 24-seven access to the club cars, which are located in designated parking bays. Members can reserve the cars via the internet or phone and pay by credit or debit card," said a Hertz spokesman.