Hertz UAE has been quick to act in order to provide its customers access to new car models at a time when vehicle stocks worldwide are low as a knock on effect from the March earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.
Earlier this year the brand was nominated as the Middle East’s Leading Car Hire by the prestigious World Travel Awards.
The natural disaster struck largely in Japan’s industrial-heavy northern area – home to both Toyota and Honda as well as the companies which manufacture car parts for more than 80 per cent of the world’s vehicles, including global brands Volvo, Renault, GM, Ford, and Chrysler.
As a result, plants in the affected area are at reduced output and manpower due to electricity shortages, and in some cases structural damage causing a backlog of unfilled vehicle orders across the globe.
In the UAE, some businesses are feeling the crunch as the slowed production means customers are waiting longer periods for new cars.
Hertz UAE, however, has been sheltered from the effects of the shortage due to its unique relationship with Al Futtaim Motors and the relative modernity of its fleet, which will help continue to meet customer demand through the shortage.
Vehicles that are not available from the existing Hertz UAE stock will be made available from Al Futtaim Motors, the sole national Toyota distributor for the UAE and owners of the Hertz UAE franchise, which has a good number of Toyota vehicles in stock.
Nigel Johnson, managing director, Hertz UAE, said: “We have access to, and maintain, a good stock of the most popular models which we will give to our customers as a priority.
“We currently have one of the largest and youngest short-term hire fleets in the UAE with full national coverage.
“We can formulate convenient extensions of our existing customers’ agreements to ensure an uninterrupted feature service.”