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Hertz Now Renting Lotus Elise, Exige In Italy - Lotus Elise - Jalopnik :huh:

July 9, 2009: Lotus Cars Limited, the sportscar subsidiary of Group Lotus plc is delighted to announce a marketing co-operation agreement with the car hire company Hertz Italiana and to supply Lotus cars for its rental business in Italy.
Now driving enthusiasts, fans of the Lotus brand and those who want to drive cars from one of the finest sportscar marques in the world will be able to hire a Lotus Elise directly from Hertz Italiana S.p.A.

Lotus Elise SC sportscars will be available to hire from key Hertz centres throughout Italy from middle of July.

Mr. Michael J. Kimberley, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, commented, "I am delighted that Lotus Cars has entered into this agreement with Hertz, giving us the opportunity to make our stunning world class sportscars available to the rental market. The iconic and multi award winning Lotus Elise and the stunning Lotus Exige are the perfect fun rental cars for those who desire exclusive and high performance motoring."

Mr. Andrea Manni, director of the official Lotus dealer, ‘Lotus Rome' said, "For many, to drive a Lotus is to fulfill a lifelong dream and now, thanks to Lotus and Hertz Italiana S.p.A. this dream can be realised for a longer period than just a quick test drive at a Lotus dealer. We expect some drivers who hire an Elise or Exige from Hertz Italiana S.p.A to visit a Lotus dealership afterwards, as once you have experienced the exciting and adrenaline fueled capabilities of a Lotus, there is no turning back!"

Ing. Giuseppe Caminiti, Fleet Director for Hertz Italiana said: "We launched the Hertz Fun Collection last year to give our customers the possibility to drive the cars they have always dreamt of driving. The Lotus Elise SC is one of these dream cars and by including it in the Hertz's Fun Collection our customers have an opportunity to drive a real sportscar. We are honoured to be able to work with Lotus and are delighted that Lotus has created personalised versions of the Elise SC especially for Hertz."

To book a Lotus Elise car hire from Hertz, drivers are invited to contact Hertz on www.hertz.it or by calling the Hertz call center on +39-199-11-22-11.
 

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If they rent them in Milan and you are allowed on Monza I know what my next vacation plans will be based around...... then on to the Stelvio Pass
 

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better Italy than US. One guy rented an Elise 2 years ago here and the transmission was totally f*cked and it only had like 2000 miles on it.
 

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I think that most Italians would actually know how to drive a stick and thus the transmission would last a few weeks longer than it would as a rental in the US. Although I wonder if they are going after the local market or are looking for folks who flew in from Wisconsin.
 

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+1!!!!

Can you imagine the number of damaged clams?
We all know how tricky a Lotus is to drive.

The front clam can get wrecked just driving out of the Hertz lot.

Here's my idea I posted yesterday elsewhere:

A 3-minute course on what to avoid doing in your rental Lotus on a video shown at Hertz.

"Welcome to Hertz. You are renting a car called a Lotus. It a very special sports car.

Please be aware that you must enter and exit all driveways at an angle, extremely SLOWLY to avoid damaging the underside of the front of the car.

You should be aware that many other drivers cannot see you on the road because the Lotus is so small. Avoid sudden stops with SUV's right behind you.

If you get a flat tire, there should be a "Fix-A-Flat" can in the trunk, which is in the back of the car. Refill the tire with this and continue to a Hertz location.

If you must get the car towed, it must be towed on a FLATBED tow truck only. Remind the driver of the flatbed that the towhook, which installs on the front of the Lotus, should be located in the trunk as well. He will need the towhook to put the Lotus on the flatbed.

This Lotus is very fast and you should be careful when first driving it, as you are probably not used to such extreme acceleration.

When parking the Lotus at a hotel overnight, please put the Hertz-supplied car cover on the car which you should find in the trunk.

Be careful getting in and out of the Lotus so you do not grab onto any non-structural parts of the car, AND so you do not scratch the wide sills.

Be sure the interior light is set in the down position only, or the light will stay on with the doors closed and your battery will be dead in the morning.

If the Lotus is not your cup of tea, bring it back to Hertz and we will rent you a nice big Ford.

Please be careful.

Thank you."
 
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