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Geely Launch KC Concept at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show

SHANGHAI, April 21, 2013 /PRNewswire – At 2013 Shanghai Auto Show Geely continued to push its range of market leading technologies and internationally applauded car models with new model updates and the launch of a new concept model that showcases Geely’s advanced research and design capabilities.

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The KC concept is a fastback based sedan with its total length reaching 4690mm and a wheelbase of 2880mm. The exterior design borrows heavily from classical Chinese history points, from the front observers will note the strong shoulder lines that flow over the front wheel arch to give a sense of speed and elegance whilst the wide stance gives a feeling of strength and confidence in the vehicle. The KC makes use of daylight running lights to further enhance the strong lines, the headlights and grill combine to form a unified graphic which gives the impression of distinctive stone bridges which feature heavily in classical Chinese art. The fog lamps also take design cues from classical Chinese art, with them being similar in style to Chinese ornamentation to give a functional and aesthetic appeal.

The interior continues to reflect on traditional Chinese artwork with its refined and elegant dashboard that are intersected by the instrument panel, arching the style of a traditional stone bridge. The instrument panel, steering wheel and door arm rests merge into one as if there were a curling book page giving a light and airy atmosphere in the cabin with the central console arching back into the rear passenger area. The seating area radiates an elegant, relaxing mood whilst floating on bridge like supports whilst the material again looks back to traditional Chinese styling with asymmetric overlapping folds. Geely’s design team have looked towards luxury materials such as jade, fine red wood and ambient lighting to increase the sense of interior quality, with overly contrasting warm-white and traditional dark red Chinese elements to create a dignified atmosphere in both the front and rear of the concept model to give a clean and clear interior appearance.

The KC Concept is a product of the the first joint project by Geely’s recently appointed Vice President of Design Mr. Peter Horbury and Design Director Mr. Ken Ma, both designers are veterans of the global automotive industry and will continue to work together to develop world class cars for the Geely brands.

Enterprise Partners With Megadrive Autovermietung GmbH to Extend Car Hire Footprint in Europe to Austria, Hungary and Slovakia

LONDON–(Marketwired – April 17, 2013) – Enterprise Rent-A-Car today announced the appointment of Megadrive Autovermietung GmbH as a new franchise partner, to extend the fast-growing network of Enterprise branches in Europe to include prime locations in Austria, Hungary and Slovakia including major airports and city locations. The locations are set to open later this year.

With Enterprise’s combination of corporately owned markets and franchise partners, this latest appointment means that the flagship brand will soon be represented across 23 European countries. Together these countries account for over 90% of car hire demand in Europe.

Austria is a leading destination in Europe for leisure and business travellers, whilst Hungary and Slovakia are European growth stories, benefitting from a rise in tourism as well as an influx of external investment. These three markets deepen Enterprise’s presence in central Europe, between the company’s wholly-owned operations in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Germany and an expanding network of franchise relationships in Southern and Eastern Europe.

Established in 2008, Megadrive Autovermietung has 12 locations in Austria, two branches in Hungary and four branches in Slovakia. Together these branches provide on airport coverage across the countries’ major airports, with additional branches in core city locations.

Commenting on the new agreement, Karlheinz Wiener, Managing Director for Megadrive said: “We are very proud to be chosen as Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s partner in Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. Enterprise is renowned for its customer service ethos and its strong management. We believe that together we can provide a unique service level to customers in these three regions. Enterprise’s entrepreneurial culture opens up the opportunity to develop this relationship further as new vistas arise, to help us both grow stronger through our partnership.”

Peter A. Smith, vice president of global franchising, Enterprise, said: “We are delighted to find such a strong appetite for partnership in Europe. It is only through the support of strong, independent, owner-managed businesses such as Megadrive that we will succeed in growing our footprint across the continent. We already have franchise partners in place that, together with our corporately owned network, account for approximately 90 percent of the European car rental market, and we owe this achievement to the deep market and cultural knowledge of our franchise partners, and the dedication which their employees bring to serve their customers, each and every day. Working with the management and staff of Megadrive has helped us to heighten our knowledge of what European travellers want in these very diverse markets, so that we can bring new choice to meet their requirements.”

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is part of St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, the largest car rental service provider in the world. Enterprise operates wholly-owned operations across the UK, Germany, Ireland, France, Spain, the United States and Canada, with over 7000 offices and almost 75,000 employees worldwide.

Enterprise also has rapidly expanding operations at airports and transport hubs across the globe through franchise and partnership agreements with independent local providers. This includes Portugal, Italy, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Brazil and China.

Enterprise Holdings also operates the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands in the Americas, and together with its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management, offers a total transportation solution. Combined, Enterprise Holdings and Enterprise Fleet Management — which includes extensive car rental and car sharing services, commercial truck rental, corporate fleet management, and retail car sales — accounted for $15.4 billion in revenue and operated 1.3 million vehicles throughout the world in fiscal 2012. Operating through its regional subsidiaries, Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world as measured by revenue, fleet, and employees. Enterprise Holdings’ annual revenues also place it near the top of the travel industry, exceeding all other rental car companies, and most airlines, cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies.

[This news release and other Enterprise Rent-A-Car announcements are available at the Enterprise Holdings press room]

Megadrive Autovermietung GmbH, was established in October 2008 by CarPartner Leasing GmbH Austria. Together with his skilled and experienced team, Mr. Karlheinz Wiener, Managing Director since day one, has met the expectations of national and international customers consistently over many years, maintaining an exceptionally high quality offering as well as excellent customer service.

For more information, contact:
Spencer King
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
spencer.king@erac.com

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Partners With Sfakianakis Group in Greece to Unlock Car Hire Opportunity in South Eastern Europe

Enterprise’s European Presence Grows Into Greece With Further Expansion Planned Across South Eastern Europe

LONDON–(Marketwire – March 5, 2013) – Enterprise Rent-A-Car has announced the appointment of its third European franchisee this year, Sfakianakis Group, as yet another step in its commitment to establish the flagship brand as a global car rental provider.

Following Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s recent expansion into France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, and combined with its established presence in the UK, Ireland and Germany, this latest agreement in Greece will give the brand access to countries that together represent almost 90 percent of the European rental market.

With Sfakianakis Group receiving territorial franchise rights across other contiguous countries in South Eastern Europe, the relationship also opens the door to further expansion. Other territories covered include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Greece is one of the top 10 most popular tourist destinations in Europe with over 16 million tourists each year, making this new partnership a significant opportunity to grow the Enterprise brand. The ability to develop a network in the surrounding countries adds incredible strategic benefit to the relationship. The acquisitions of Citer in France and ATESA in Spain, together with the arrangements in Portugal, Italy and Greece, demonstrate how Enterprise is committed to developing a European network fully able to meet the increasing needs of both domestic and international leisure and business travelers.

Founded in 1957, Sfakianakis Group is the largest automotive group in Greece, operating several motor related businesses, including the import and distribution of automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, buses, construction and agricultural and industrial machinery. The leasing and rental arm of the Group, Executive Lease, with whom the master franchisee agreement will be operated, was founded in 1998 to provide leasing and rental services to the local market. Currently operating some 52 locations across mainland Greece and its islands, including at major airports, Executive Lease prides itself on its award-winning commitment to customer service.

This latest partnership continues the European expansion of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand. With Enterprise Holdings and its brands already recognized as having the largest global network, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is rapidly establishing itself as a significant pan-European leader in car rental.

“This is yet another opportunity to establish the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand in countries where our customers are asking us to be. Rental continues to be recognized as affordable and convenient for businesses and leisure travelers,” said Jim Burrell, senior vice president, European operations, for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. “Our commitment to be the best transportation service provider in the world remains unchanged. This is reflected in the values of Sfakianakis Group, and their track record in customer service. We look forward to developing this relationship further and establishing our brand in even more countries in the region.”

Commenting on the agreement, Stavros P. Taki, CEO for Sfakianakis Group, said: “Our partnership with Enterprise provides a real strategic advantage for both our companies. But more importantly, it sees the creation of a relationship between two businesses focused on delivering the highest standards of service to our customers. This new agreement will enable us to benefit from inbound leisure and business travelers, but also give us a strong and consistent network for Greek residents travelling overseas. As businesses we share similar philosophies built around a proposition of value and we very much look forward to being part of the growing Enterprise Rent-A-Car network.”

“This partnership was important for our European growth strategy,” said Peter A. Smith, vice president of global franchising, Enterprise. “With a continuing increase in demand for rental in business hubs and tourist destinations, the agreement with Sfakianakis Group enables us to develop a presence, not only in one of the most popular European tourist destinations, but also across the entire Balkan region and beyond. The opportunity to partner with a company that has such a strong pedigree and service ethos as Sfakianakis Group is a reflection of our commitment to ensure our brand is operated by companies committed to delivering the same high-value, competitive service our customers have come to expect.”

Founded in 1957, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an internationally recognized brand with more than 7000 neighborhood and airport locations in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Through tremendous leadership and the entrepreneurial spirit of its employees, Enterprise has built the largest car rental brand in North America, known for exceptionally low rates and outstanding customer service. Today, Enterprise offers a wide variety of car leasing, vanpooling, car sharing and hourly rental programs.

Sfakianakis SA was established in 1957 and remains family owned. With 500,000 customers, more than 800 employees and EUR245m revenues in 2011, Sfakianakis is now the largest automotive group in Greece, leading the market in automotive retail across eight businesses in Greece, Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Specialist services include the import and distribution of automobiles, motorcycles, trucks and buses, the import and distribution of machinery for the construction, industrial and agricultural sectors, and a network of 24 dealerships retailing brands including Suzuki, BMW, Mini, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Volvo, Ford, Opel, Renault, Dacia and Cadillac, as well as car rental and leasing services.

For more information, contact:
Spencer King
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
spencer.king@ehi.com

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