PARK RIDGE, N.J. (AP) — The Hertz Corp. on Friday said that it will expand its discount Firefly brand into the United States.
The move will allow the car rental company to re-enter the lower price leisure car rental market in the U.S., which it temporarily exited when it sold off the Advantage brand earlier this year. Hertz said this niche is the fastest-growing market segment among airport car rentals.
The company said that it plans to add Firefly to its first location, Orlando, in September. It plans to add further sites throughout the year, including San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The company plans to have, by the end of the year, approximately 20 Firefly locations.
Firefly was first launched in Europe in March and Hertz operates 40 Firefly locations in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, the UK, Switzerland and Portugal.
Hertz, based in Park Ridge, N.J., also operates the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands.
Shares of Hertz fell 33 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $24.14 in midday trading in line with broader market trends.