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Get your Green Machine at Europcar!Europcar Tackles Emissions

Workers and residents in and around London can now escape the city whilst saving fuel, congestion charge costs and their conscience with the availability of the Toyota Prius from Europcar.  The UK’s leading vehicle rental organisation is now offering the Prius, the world’s first and most successful hybrid power vehicle, from all of its London locations.  

Driving pleasure, comfort and space haven’t been sacrificed to provide an eco-car.  Instead the Prius combines style and superb handling with state of the art technology needed in these environmentally conscious times.  

The fleet of vehicles are exempt from the London Congestion Charge and can be driven certain distances using electric power only at the press of a button.  This means zero emissions, less noise and better fuel economy – perfect for city and country driving alike.  

“The availability of the Prius provides customers with an opportunity to put the hybrid to the test following news that Toyota aims to sell at least 1 million hybrid vehicles annually in the early part of the next decade.” said Catriona Lougher, Marketing Director for Europcar.  

“Renting a car with Europcar is already a green choice as all our vehicles are on average just 3 months old and fitted with the latest technology to cut emissions.  The average CO2 emission of our fleet is 157 g/km compared to the UK car parc of 164.9 g/km*.  However, by making the Prius available we are bringing our customers a new way to drive greener that will also help them cut costs in terms of fuel and congestion charges. It’s all part of our commitment to exploit new manufacturer developments to bring customers the latest models to hit the road and a great rental experience.” 

*Source SMMT 2007 report.

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September 2008 

Notes to Editors  

Owned by the French private equity firm Eurazeo, Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. Since March 2007 with the acquisition of Vanguard EMEA (National & Alamo brands), its network comprises over 5,300 rental outlets in 160 countries. Europcar serves business and leisure customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Excluding franchise operations, in 2007 Europcar signed more than 10 million rental contracts, with 7,700 employees and a fleet exceeding 215,000 vehicles. For more information: www.europcar.com 

For further press information please contact: Dominic Dennis, Madeleine Roles, Elinor Puzey, Jenny Staniforth or Alison Reeson at HSL, Churcham House, 1 Bridgeman Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 9AJ. Telephone: 020 8977 9132. Fax: 020 8977 5200 or email leisureteam@harrisonsadler.com

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