PARSIPPANY, N.J., April 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avis Budget Group, parent company of Avis Rent A Car and Budget Rent A Car, today announced that Avis and Budget customers have added where2®, the Company's GPS navigation device, to more than five million rentals since 2006. The device helps Avis and Budget customers easily reach their travel destinations and avoid unnecessary delays, saving time and money and even potentially reducing vehicle emissions for a greener ride.
"We are pleased to see continued growth and customer acceptance of where2 rentals," said Larry De Shon, executive vice president of operations for Avis Budget Group. "We are dedicated to providing customers with a consistently outstanding rental experience. By providing a superior navigation system, we are able to drive incremental revenue growth while enhancing our customers' rental experience."
Avis Budget Group has a long history of innovation to enhance the customer experience. In 2009, the Company became the first rental car company to offer a 100 percent smoke-free fleet by banning smoking in rental vehicles. Avis was the first rental company in the United States to offer customers an iPhone application, and in 2003, Budget became the first car rental company to offer electronic toll collection services.
The where2 device, manufactured by Garmin®, features a simple user interface, a large-high-brightness display screen, turn-by-turn directions in more than 40 languages, three-dimensional maps, Bluetooth hands-free calling capability and MP3 audio playback capability. The units are available in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia.
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About Avis Budget Group
Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAR) is a leading vehicle rental operator in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and certain other regions through its Avis and Budget brands. The Company also licenses its vehicle rental brands in more than 100 countries, enabling Avis and Budget to serve commercial and leisure travelers throughout the world. Avis Budget Group is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J. and has more than 21,000 employees. For more information about Avis Budget Group, visit www.avisbudgetgroup.com.
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