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 February 09, 2006
Vanguard Rental Expands Presence In Austria

 Demonstrating its commitment to continue to expand its presence throughout Europe, Vanguard Rental, the parent company for the National and Alamo brands, has signed a franchise agreement with Denzel AG, Austria's leading motor dealer and automotive services group. The new agreement makes Denzel AG a full franchise partner for National and enables the company to handle Alamo's inbound business, supporting both corporate and leisure customers.

Denzel has been handling in-bound business for National and Alamo since 2003 and will now take responsibility to grow the presence of both brands in the domestic Austrian market.

Established in 1938, Denzel has a vast network of motor dealership operations throughout Austria, working with all the major motor manufacturer marques. The company has also demonstrated a firm commitment to the rental marketplace over the last decade. In 1997, Denzel pioneered Austria's first car sharing scheme, DENZELDRIVE. Operated through a card system with 200 locations across Austria, DENZELDRIVE offers members fast, cost-effective access to cars -- delivering a viable alternative to car ownership.

Working with the National brand will help the expansion of DENZELDRIVE, as well as identifying other development opportunities in the corporate and leisure travel markets. Andreas Oppitz of DENZELDRIVE explains: "Becoming a full Franchise Partner for the National offers us a fantastic opportunity to extend the scope of the services we offer our customers. This places Denzel in a very strong position, as both the National and Alamo brands have an international presence."

Neil Summerville of Vanguard Rental says, "We are very excited about the new partnership and the benefits it will provide for our customers. The strength of the Denzel organisation in Austria gives us automatic growth and high quality of customer service, with key locations throughout Austria, including branches at all key cities and airports. This partnership also secures the position of the National and Alamo brands and supports our ongoing expansion across Europe.

"This is yet another major step as we continue to build a strong European network, focused on an unrivalled level of customer care for travellers across the Continent."