Take a road trip through Hertz' storied past.

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1918
Hertz begins renting cars.
1925
Hertz establishes first coast-to-coast car rental network through national franchise system
1926
Hertz offers the first advanced reservations and introduces Rail-Drive, which later expands to Fly-Drive & Sail-Drive

Hertz's National Credential Card is the industry's first identification card and precursor of the credit card
1932
Hertz opens the nation's first airport Rent-a-Car location at Chicago's Midway Airport
1933
Hertz's revolutionary
Rent-It-Here/Leave-It-There option drastically increases use of rent-a-cars
1947
Hertz introduces first uniforms in the industry
1950
Hertz opens the first European location in France
1955
Hertz is the first car rental company with 1,000 locations
1957
Hertz offers first European Fly-Drive at Orly Airport in Paris
1959
Hertz uses first Centralized Billing System
1962
Hertz utilizes first Booking System for Travel Agents
1972
Hertz introduces the first #1 Club, a computerized data system that makes renting a car faster & easier
1978
Hertz introduces the first Nationwide Emergency Road Service
1980
With the first Express Service, #1 Club members bypass the airport counter
1984
First Computerized driving directions give printed directions to thousands of destinations in over 100 cities
1988
Hertz utilizes In-Car Cellular Phones
1989
Hertz launches #1 Club Gold®, which allows member to go directly from airplane to their car; even the engine is running
1995
Hertz introduces first On-Board Navigation System, NeverLost®
1996
Hertz launches its first World Wide Web Site
1998
Hertz creates first Hertz Return Centers
1999
Hertz launches its first Multilingual and Euro Conversion Web Sites
2000
Hertz introduces #1 Club Gold Five Star and President's Circle membership levels
2001
First launch of the Hertz Prestige Collection in North America
2000
Hertz becomes the first global car rental company to operate in China

Hertz first introduces SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Hertz first introduces the Hertz Prestige Collection in Europe
2004
Hertz introduces brand and model reservability to #1 Club and #1 Club Gold members
2006
Hertz rolls out the Hertz Fun Collection®, featuring vehicles tailor-made for travelers seeking exciting driving experiences

Hertz introduces the Green Collection of fuel-efficient, environmentally-friendly cars
2007
Hertz launches Hourly Rental Program in New York City and Boston
2008
Hertz begins its Online Check-In Guarantee, which get customers on their way in 10 minutes or less, guaranteed

Hertz launches Connect by Hertz (now known as Hertz On Demand), a pay-as-you-go car membership club that allows members to book a car for an hour, a day or even longer. The company begins operations in New York City, Paris and London with rapid expansion plans for 2009
2009
Hertz acquires Eileo S.A., the Paris-based leader in the design and deployment of best-in-class car sharing technology Hertz purchases the rights to Advantage Rent a Car, initially operating 20 Advantage locations in key U.S. leisure travel markets
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