ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) -  Enterprise Holdings will host its third annual Clean Car Championship Thursday, May 20, in Orlando, pitting some of the best and fastest car cleaners in the country against one another. Six rental car service agents from airports across North America -- representing the Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands -- will compete for the gold medal and a $1,000 grand prize. 

"Providing clean, well-maintained cars for our car rental customers is priority number one for us," said John Murphy, vice president of airport operations for Alamo, Enterprise and National. "The Clean Car Championship was created in 2008 to emphasize the importance of cleanliness throughout the entire rental car industry and to highlight the critical work of our service agents in ensuring customers are completely satisfied with their rental experience."

Alamo, Enterprise and National service agents clean and refuel nearly 18 million vehicles each year. The Clean Car Championship competition on May 20 challenges the finalists to clean two standard-sized vehicles and one SUV or minivan in 45 minutes. The process includes checking the vehicle fluids and tire pressure and cleaning the trunk, floor mats, seats, glove box, windows and tires. Judges will award a gold medal and the title of the best and fastest car cleaner to the first-place finisher as well as a $1,000 cash award. In addition, a silver medal and $500 will be awarded for second place and a bronze medal and a $250 award for third. 

Finalists include Dennis Cagle from Detroit, Mich.; Vince Cano from Colorado Springs, Colo.; Angela Jones from Jacksonville, Fla.; Jill Lake from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Shawl Seyoum from Washington, D.C.; and Hugo Villanueva from Phoenix, Ariz.

Together, the Alamo, Enterprise and National brands collectively lead the car rental industry with more than a third of all airport business in the U.S. and Canada. Enterprise has ranked highest in customer satisfaction among North American airport rentals in 10 of the past 11 years, according to J.D. Power and Associates Rental Car Satisfaction Study. In the most recent 2009 study, J.D. Power and Associates surveyed almost 13,000 individuals who rented vehicles at North American airports and focused on six categories of service: reservation process, pick-up process, rental car, shuttle bus/van service, return process, and costs and fees. In addition, Enterprise Rent-A-Car won Budget Travel magazine's 2010 Readers' Choice Award as their favorite rental car company for customer service around the globe.

"We work to deliver a level of service that exceeds our customers' expectations," said Murphy. "Through customer research, we learned that renting a clean car ensures a positive car rental experience for our customers, whether they are traveling for business or leisure. As a result, we're doing everything we can to ensure our Alamo, Enterprise and National rental cars are the cleanest in the business."

About Enterprise Holdings

Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries, operates more than 1 million cars and trucks, the largest fleet of passenger vehicles in the world today. Enterprise Holdings is North America's largest and most comprehensive service provider in the car rental industry, operating the Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands. Other affiliated business lines include Enterprise Fleet Management, Enterprise Commercial Trucks, Enterprise Car Sales, Enterprise Rideshare vanpooling and WeCar car sharing.

Enterprise Holdings offers business and retail customers a total transportation solution through a worldwide network of more than 7,600 airport and neighborhood locations as well as local car leasing, vanpooling and car sharing programs. With a well-established track record for making "virtual cars" convenient and affordable for those who prefer to "buy for the need and rent for the exception," Enterprise Rent-A-Car launched car-sharing in 2007 as a natural extension of its business rental program and longtime focus on customized local service. Ranked No. 24 on the Forbes Top 500 Private Companies in America list, Enterprise Holdings is owned by the Taylor family of St. Louis and headquartered in St. Louis -- the only investment-grade company in the car rental industry. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is part of a global strategic alliance with Europcar, creating the world's largest car rental network. For more information about Enterprise Holdings, visit www.enterpriseholdings.com.

Contact Information:

For more information, contact:
Laura Bryant
Enterprise Holdings
314-512-4178