Hertz and Ford have quite a history with unique rental cars as their partnership started back in 1918, when the rental company was founded. In 1918, Hertz leased plenty of Ford T models and in 1966 the exclusive GT350H Mustang. The history continues with the 2008 Mustang Shelby GT-H. The Hertz Mustang black with gold stripes and personally signed by Carol Shelby were also very popular.
The latest vehicle to arrive at Hertz is the Ford Focus ST-H, a black hot hatch with gold stripes and wheels. The new Focus ST-H will be available in the Netherlands.
Due to great success Hertz now adds a third copy to the fleet. As expected, the Ford Focus ST-H is powered by the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine developing 250 hp (184 kW) of max output, can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 248 km/h or 154 mph.
Just like the standard Focus ST, the Focus ST-H comes with ST bumpers, side sills a new central exhaust ST system and gold-finished wheels. Inside, we find black Recaro leather sport seats, a sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals as well as many innovative technologies such as SYNC. The Ford Focus ST-H is available for rent at Hertz for EUR90 or around $123 per day.
Based in Estero, Florida, Hertz Corp. is a rental company and brand operating from around 8,500 locations in around 150 countries as of December 31, 2011. It considers itself as one of the largest airport general use car rental brand, operating both corporate and licensee locations in major cities and airports not just in North America and Europe, but also in Latin America, Australia, Asia and New Zealand, Africa and the Middle East.
Originally known as Rent-a-Car Inc., Hertz was established by Walter L. Jacobs in 1918, starting with a dozen Model T Ford cars. In just five years, the company’s fleet expanded to 600 vehicles, with annual revenues of around $1 million. In 1923, John D. Hertz, owner of Yellow Truck and Coach Manufacturing Company, acquired the company and renamed it to Hertz Drive-Ur-Self System.
In 1926, General Motors Corp. acquired the rental car brand from John Hertz, and opened its first rental car location at Chicago's Midway Airport in 1932. Hertz Drive-Ur-Self System gradually expanded its services to other locations in the US, Canada (1938), Europe (1950), and South America (1961).
John Hertz repurchased the Hertz brand from GM in 1953, and renamed it as The Hertz Corporation. Hertz was sold to UAL Corporation (Allegis Corp.) in 1985. Hertz Corp. was acquired by Ford Motor Company – through Park Ridge Corp. -- in October 1987 for US$1.3 billion.
In 2005, Ford sold the Hertz brand to focus more on vehicle production. It was acquired by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, The Carlyle Group, and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity.