Alamo and National Bring XM Satellite Radio To US Fleets

UK travellers visiting the USA can now enjoy a new level of in-car entertainment as Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental introduce XM satellite radio to their new fleet of vehicles. The fleet is currently being equipped with XM satellite radio, which will eventually feature in a total of 18,500 cars. From East coast to West coast, Alamo and National customers will benefit from the new radio feature, bringing them entertainment and important local information when they need it.

XM radio will be included in a range of models across both brands fleets. The XM tuner band features over 130 channels of the best in music, news, sports, talk, comedy and other radio stations including 68 channels of 100% commercial-free music and BBC World Service. Holidaymakers will also benefit from XM Instant Traffic & Weather channels in 21 major metropolitan areas.

Sally Hinds, Marketing Director for Alamo comments, "We are always looking at ways of bringing customers an enhanced rental experience. Now travellers to the USA can enjoy digital-quality radio on the road with the benefit of coast-to-coast signal coverage. This is just part of our commitment to ensure our customers receive the best in quality car rental."

Together, the Alamo and National brands make up one of the world's largest car rental companies, with annual revenue of $2.4 billion in 2002. Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the worldwide organisation employs more than 14,000 people, has more than 3,200 locations in over 80 countries and serves customers with a fleet of more than 350,000 vehicles.

In the UK, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car has 160 locations and a fleet of 40,000 vehicles.

In EMEA, National has over 1000 locations in over 50 countries and a fleet comprising over 125,000 vehicles.

Throughout the rest of the world Alamo has over 1,248 locations in 43 countries and a fleet of over 250,000 vehicles.

Alamo Rent a Car is the winner of the Best Daily Rental Company in the prestigious Daily Telegraph Travel Awards 2004.

National Car Rental is the winner of the Best Daily Rental Company Award in the Fleet News Awards 2004 - the tenth year that the company has won this prestigious award.

National is also winner of the Daily Rental Service Award in the Fleet Excellence Awards 2003 and 2004, the Innovation Award in the Fleet World Honours 2004, the Business Car Services Award in the Business Travel World Awards 2003, European Car Rental Company 2003 and 2004 judged by the Institute of Transport Management (EITM) Awards Committee, Best Call Centre Training Award in the prestigious European Call Centre Awards for 2004 and has achieved the highest level National Training Award. National was also voted one of the Best Workplaces in the UK, in the Financial Times 50 Best Workplaces in the UK survey for 2003.

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