Budget UK chooses Volkswagen for van rental service

  • Deal includes a total of 500 Volkswagen vans in 2015
  • 100 Transporters exclusively for launch of London van rental service
  • Additional 300 Transporter and 100 Caddy models to bolster nationwide fleet
  • Reliability and strong residual values key to securing contract

London, UK – 1st April 2015

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Budget UK has launched a new van rental service in London and has chosen Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles as its sole light commercial vehicle supplier. From 1st April, the UK's leading vehicle rental provider will comprise 100-strong Volkswagen Transporters in London alone, providing business customers and consumers with a fully-flexible fleet solution.

The spacious Transporter model offers payloads of up to 952kg and an impressive load volume of 5.8m3. The vehicles will be packed with handy features including Bluetooth, folding mirrors and parking sensors; making it the perfect partner for moving large loads with minimal stress through the busy capital.

As part of the company's wider fleet restructure, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will also supply a further 300 Transporters and 100 Caddys to bolster its national rental fleet. The brand new fleet will meet the daily needs of the retail customer and suit the long-term requirements of businesses across a large number of locations in the UK.

Budget UK carefully selected Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles as their preferred partner due to the brand's strong residual values and desirability. Offering convenient and affordable van hire across the country, the business relies on its vehicles to deliver a premium service.

Mark Servodidio, Managing Director, Northern Europe, Avis Budget Group, commented: "We're confident the new service, which will offer small and medium businesses across the capital a truly flexible and cost-efficient alternative to a permanent fleet of vehicle, will further strengthen our position as a partner to London's businesses using Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles."

Chris Black, Head of Fleet at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK, added: "We are delighted to be working with Budget UK. The Transporter and Caddy are the perfect vehicles for Budget UK. They provide ample space for storage yet have been designed to be easily manoeuvrable to take the effort out of driving and parking – a real benefit for any rental driver who is constantly in and out of a van."

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Budget Press Office on 0207 025 6699 or budgetpressoffice@redconsultancy.com

About Budget

Budget Car Rental is one of the world's best-known car rental brands with more than 3,000 locations in more than 120 countries. Budget is an industry leader in providing vehicle rental services to value-conscious travelers and also operates the second-largest truck rental business in the United States, through a network of more than 2,100 corporate owned, dealer and franchised locations. Budget is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For further information, visit www.budget.co.uk.