Discount Car and Truck Rentals Forms Global Partnership with Europcar to Make International Vehicle Rentals Easier Than Ever

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Discount Car and Truck Rentals Ltd., one of Canada's largest vehicle rental companies, and the only one owned and operated by Canadians, announced a new alliance today with Europcar, a car rental network operating in more than 130 countries.

Under this new partnership, Discount Car and Truck Rentals will provide customers across Canada with fast and convenient access to one of the largest rental car outlets located in Europe, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

In addition to giving travellers access from Canada to Europcar's international network, Discount Car and Truck Rentals, with nearly 300 locations across Canada, will also serve Europcar customers from around the world who are seeking vehicle rentals in Canada.

"The entire Discount Car and Truck Rentals team is very excited about this new alliance. For the first time in our 33-year-history, we are able to offer the entire globe to our Canadian customers and clients by partnering with Europcar," said Jay Singer, President and CEO of Toronto-based Discount Car and Truck Rentals. "We have the utmost confidence that Europcar will take great care of our Canadian customers. As well, we look forward to reciprocating with the highest level of service to their customers and clients visiting our beautiful country."

Roland Keppler, CEO of Europcar Group, which is based in France and owned by Eurazeo, one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe said the alliance with Discount is part of the company's overall objective to expand its presence and services for customers in North America.

"The new partnership with Discount is the next step in our strategy to further develop our global footprint and extend our opportunities in the world's car rental market, especially in North America," Keppler said.

The Discount-Europcar partnership will allow travellers departing from Canada to reserve vehicles through Discount's website for Europcar's network of outlets operating in cities, towns, airports and train stations around the globe. International customers of those outlets will also have instant access to Discount locations and will be able to make reservations for Discount vehicles across Canada.

"Customers travelling overseas from Canada or to Canada are going discover an entirely new level of convenience, selection and reliability in international vehicle rentals," Singer added.

About Discount Car & Truck Rentals Ltd
Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Toronto, Discount Car & Truck Rentals is a nationally recognized brand operating off-airport and neighbourhood rental locations in Canada and Australia.  With nearly 300 neighbourhood branch offices located within 15 minutes from 90 percent of the Canadian population, Discount is proud to be the largest car rental company in Canada owned by Canadians.  Discount is known for renting cars and trucks of all makes and models, from economy cars to luxury brands; and cargo vans to 5-ton trucks. Its commitment to quality and superior customer service is unmatched in the Canadian rental industry.  Discount is proud to have originated picking up and dropping off its clients at no extra cost.  In 2010, Discount was named one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures TM and continues to be a Platinum award winner for 2011 and 2012.  Discount has also won the Consumer's Choice Award for Business Excellence for 12 consecutive years.  For more information about Discount, visit www.discountcar.com.

About Europcar Group:
Europcar is one of the leading mobility players in Europe. Present in over 130 countries, the group provides customers with one of the largest vehicle rental network through its own operators, franchisees and partnerships. Europcar operates worldwide its own brands Europcar® and InterRent, which is its low cost brand. It also operates the National and Alamo brands in EMEA. The group puts customers at the heart of its mission whether it is innovation or service. All the employees of the group are committed to delivering customer satisfaction. Europcar is actively promoting Corporate and Environmental social responsibility. Europcar has been again in 2012 and for the 4th consecutive year, the winner of the first World Travel Award recognizing the World's Leading Green Transport Solutions Company. Europcar was honored for the first time in 2012 with the "Europe's Responsible Tourism Award". Europcar is owned by Eurazeo, one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe.


SOURCE: Discount Car and Truck Rentals

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Media Contacts:  

Discount Car & Truck Rentals Ltd
Barry Singer
Vice President
Tel:  416.744.0123
bsinger@discountcar.com

Europcar International       
Nathalie Poujol / Maximilien Seguin
+33 (0)1 30 44 98 82
europcarpressoffice@europcar.com

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