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Rajiv K. Vij

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Rajiv K. Vij, CEO, Carzonrent (India) Pvt. Ltd.

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Carzonrent (India) Pvt. Ltd.


A pioneer in shaping the personal ground transportation industry in India, Carzonrent (India) Pvt. Ltd. (CIPL) is India’s # 1 personal ground transportation service provider today offering a complete bouquet of end-to-end long and short term car rental solutions through its fleet of 5000 cars across the country.


A brainchild of Mr. Rajiv K. Vij, CEO, Carzonrent (India) Pvt. Ltd., was launched in the year 2000 with a short-term objective of offering a safe and reliable medium of travel to customers and a long-term vision of giving form and structure to the unorganized Indian personal ground transportation industry and helping the industry get its due recognition. “Cor” the branding of Carzonrent signifies the fact that Personal Ground Transportation is the “Core” business of Carzonrent.


Carzonrent is perhaps the first and the only player to offer complete 360 degree solutions to completely transform the Indian personal ground transportation industry into an organized business. Ensuring passenger comfort to the minutest detail, Carzonrent has pulled out all stops, from bringing in the latest technology to setting up 24x7 customer support centers; to bringing uniformity in operations; to introducing customized solutions for all customer segments, the company has focused all efforts towards organizing the largely unorganized Indian personal ground transportation industry.



Organizing the Industry


Carzonrent has taken potent steps towards organizing the industry and regularizing its operations. Carzonrent became the first company to offer a one-stop-solution for all car rental, taxi & car lease services, tackling the irregularities comprising the services offered by the unorganized players in the market. The company introduced technology in the car rental domain, employing GPS and navigation devices in their cars. The setting up of 24x7 customer support center ensured that there was a continuous flow of services and that the customers got fully integrated and coordinated services.


Carzonrent introduced mandatory training and grooming modules for all its drivers and chauffeurs to facilitate the driving experience of the customers. The company also introduced a strict 4-point background check policy for hiring the drivers to ensure safe and reliable services, addressing the safety issues. Carzonrent initiatives of bringing in uniformity in services in terms of fleet of cars, travel fares, bookings etc. have also helped the industry become more organized and structured. Enforcement of state laws and regulations over the working of organized players also implies that the rise of the industry has been acknowledged by the government.


The company is also supporting the efforts of various State Governments to improve Urban Transportation Infrastructure in the cities across the country.



Conception


Since its launch in 2001, as a master franchisee of Hertz in India, providing only car rental services, Carzonrent today offers complete Car Rental, Car Lease & Fleet Management and Radio Taxi services in major metros across the country. Radio taxi services have been promoted through its own brand, Easy Cabs.



Size of Business


Carzonrent (India) Pvt. Ltd. owns over 3200 cars at present with a net investment of Rs. 200 crores and aims to become a 25000 cars company within the next 3 years with additional investments of Rs.800 crores. The company had a turnover of over Rs.1 billion in the financial year 2007-08 and expects a turnover/ revenues of Rs.2.6 billion in the current year.



3600 Solutions


Carzonrent (India) Pvt. Ltd. offers complete car rental, taxi, operating lease and fleet management solutions through its following services:


Car Rental Services

Carzonrent (India) Pvt. Ltd. started offering car rental services in September 2001. Currently, CIPL provides car rental services to over 600 corporate clients across its 12 cities of operations. Headquartered at Delhi, the CIPL Car Rental Division operates a fleet of over 2000 cars which it intends to take up to 3500 cars by 2010. Operations in India are currently spread across 34 locations and 12 cities.


Carzonrent (India) Pvt. Ltd. has an exclusive tie-up with Emirates airlines to provide Limousine services to its passengers in India. The company has acquired a fleet of 75 Mercedes Benz C Class, fully automatic cars, making it the owner of the largest fleet of premium luxury cars in India. The Limousine fleet of the company is set to grow to 200 cars by end of the current year through expansion of the customer base to more airlines, hotels and global corporations.


The company also offers self-drive services and offers various options to its customers in terms of cars, rentals, choice of services etc. These services are offered from its airport and city center locations in all major cities.



Operating Lease & Fleet Management Services

The Operating Lease division was set up in India in 2006 to provide Operating Lease & Fleet Management services to large corporate clients. The company today provides complete operating lease & fleet management services to almost 100 corporate clients across 12 cities.


The company currently has a fleet of 1600 cars and plans to add 3000 more cars by the end of March 2009. CIPL’s Lease division also looks to double its client base to 200 corporate clients by end of Mach 2009. The company is also planning to extend its services to SMEs in the near future.



Radio Taxi Services

With a view to provide safe, easy and reliable transport to the masses, Carzonrent launched Radio Cabs in June 2006 under the brand name EasyCabs and is today the largest Radio cabs company with a fleet of 1350 cars with operations in Delhi, Chandigarh, Bangalore and Hyderabad, operating form airports and city locations in each of these cities.




EasyCabs will soon expand to Mumbai, Chennai and Pune making this a nationally available cab service. The company plans to have 10000 radio cabs on the Indian roads by end of 2010.



Future initiatives


Carzonrent (India) Pvt. Ltd. will soon be expanding its Limousine services for airlines (already services Emirates Airlines) in India. Also, the company will launch Limousine services for hotels, expanding and consolidating its presence in the Indian hospitality industry.


Further, CIPL will introduce Staff Transportation solutions for BPO/ KPO/ IT/ ITES/ Airline Crew etc and Operating Lease services for SME/ HNI/ Professionals. The company will also launch a website to provide 3600 car rental solutions to all travelers.


For more information please visit www.carzonrent.com
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Source:
Sunita Suresh
Account Director
Pratika PR
98412 34535

Anonymous said...

Rajiv vij,

Nice Businessman !