Avis India Continues Nationwide Expansion Efforts

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PARSIPPANY, N.J., Nov. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the opening of its first rental location in Vadodara, in the State of Gujarat, Avis India has expanded its network to 20 cities and 45 rental locations, the most of any rental car company operating in India.

"With India now ranked as the world's third-largest economy, we see new opportunities to expand our network and range of services to more industrial and business centers throughout the country," said Patric Siniscalchi, president, Latin America/Asia-Pacific, Avis Budget Group. "We have invested in our India joint venture specifically to further expand our presence in this fast-growing vehicle rental market, and to improve our brand position in India by increasing our fleet and network there."

Avis locations throughout India are conveniently located in major downtown areas and industrial centers, with pick-up and drop-off service provided to and from major airports and rail stations. Avis has been operating in India for more than 14 years, with a fleet of approximately 2,000 premium cars, through a joint venture of Avis Budget Group and The Oberoi Group, one of Asia's leading hospitality companies.

"Vadodara, the third largest city in Gujarat, is growing as an important hub for business and leisure," said Sunil Gupta, chief executive officer, Avis India. "The opening of our new office was necessitated by more and more corporations coming to the city. We want to provide them with Avis' high-quality products and premium service here as well."

Avis India's expansion efforts also include establishing new service hubs in existing markets including Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Cochin. "We have expanded our network to bring our vehicles closer to where our customers are based," said Mr. Gupta. "We now have an Avis India rental station located within five miles or less of any strategic corporate client location, thus making business rentals even more convenient."

Avis India is an industry leader in quality and reliability of service. Special services offered include both self-drive and chauffeur-drive cars, with a complete range of vehicles including Audi, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Toyota, Honda and many more.

Avis India's ability to blend global systems with an understanding of local needs has enabled it to provide an outstanding experience for international travelers. In addition to Vadodara, Avis is operating in Agra, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, New Okhla Industrial Development Authority, Pune, Rishikesh, Shimla, and Udaipur.

About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,750 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit www.avis.com.

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