Australia’s Flexicar car sharing scheme has been acquired by US car hire giant Hertz. The deal is due to be completed at the beginning of December and will be Hertz’s first venture in the Australian market. Run out of the city of Melbourne, Flexicar currently offers rental solutions to customers in Sydney, as well. Chairman and CEO of Hertz, Mark P Frissora, said Connect by Hertz is part of the company’s overall strategy to offer rental solutions to customers around the globe.
He added that by entering the Australian market, Hertz would now be able to offer its services to an ever expanding audience. Australia is the sixth country in which the rental firm now operates.
Flexicar was set up in 2005 by its chief executive, Monique Conheady. She is to remain in her position and oversee operations in the territory. She said it was exciting to be able to utilise the advanced technology and greater access to vehicles Hertz will offer. Members of the Flexicar scheme will now join a network which includes cities such as New York, Paris, Madrid, Berlin and London.
Under Connect by Hertz, Flexicar members will be able to access vehicles at their convenience through the use of a Connect card which is smart-chip enabled. They will also have access to an audio kit which connects them directly to a customer service operator able to give help and advice.
An in-car navigation system supported by NeverLost will ensure that drivers know exactly where they are going at any time.