Hertz has announced that it will start renting out the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive vehicle on December 15th, See Details after the jump.
which follows recent announcements that it will soon be offering the all-electric Coda Sedan and Nissan Leaf in selected markets. As you might expect, however, the Smart ED will also be somewhat limited in availability, with San Francisco, New York and Washington D.C. being the only locations included in the initial rollout, and no word on any additional cities to follow.
HERTZ Global EV and smart usa PARTNER to OFFER SMART FORTWO ELECTRIC DRIVE FOR CONSUMER USE
– smart’s Electric Car to Join Hertz’s EV Fleet –
PARK RIDGE, NJ â€“ December 6, 2010 â€“ The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ) and smart USA, a subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG), today announced a joint partnership to bring smart fortwo electric drive vehicles to Connect by Hertz car sharing and Hertz Rent A Car locations in New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco. The vehicle placements are part of the Hertz Global EV program, which will offer a variety of 100 percent electric and plug-in hybrids to car sharing and rental customers worldwide. The smart fortwo electric drive will be available for rent through Connect by Hertz car sharing in New York City beginning December 15.
“Hertz’s partnership with smart USA is another strategic element of our long term plan to provide consumers with electric vehicle access on a global scale,” said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman
According to Reuters, Toyota has scaled back its production forecasts for 2011. Thanks to slowly improving sales in the U.S., the automaker has trimmed its plans for next year from eight million vehicles to 7.8 million â€“ a drop of 200,000 units. If that’s the case, 2011 will mark the third straight year that the Japanese Automaker has fallen short of the eight million unit mark, excluding Daihatsu and Hino Motors. The report came courtesy of a Japanese newspaper, which cited an unnamed source for the information. Toyota does not publish its production plans.
Pickup truck fans have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of light-duty diesel engines in half-ton trucks for the past several years, and it now appears that at least one automaker is about to deliver. According to a report from the all-Mopar-knowing minds at Allpar.com, Chrysler’s dealer computer system is showing new entries for a diesel-powered Ram 1500 in regular and Quad Cab configurations.
BMW will officially unveil the 2012 1 Series M Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Meanwhile, reports are starting to crop up about an even more hardcore 1 Series M.
BMW says that initial customer reaction to the 1M will determine the need for a GTS/CSL-type car, as well as potential droptop version. “We have a cabrio unofficially,” says BMW.
The 1 Series M Coupe is expected to be produced through the summer of 2012 until the next-generation 1 Series hits the market.
In less than a week, the FIA could vote in a new engine for the 2013 Formula One season, and the smart money is on a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder to replace the current 2.4-liter V8s.