Avis New Zealand says its new mobile app will mean customers won’t have to queue or spend time filling out paperwork – and in the future they won’t need a key to unlock their rental car.


The new app, launched at a function at the Hilton Auckland last night, is one of many mobile innovations Avis is undertaking in New Zealand and around the world, including car-sharing and fully connected vehicles that can be unlocked using a mobile phone rather than keys. Ian Jones, commercial director, Pacific, says the way clients travel in New Zealand is changing rapidly, and the new Avis mobile app signals a major shift in how travellers use rental cars. ‘We are working to achieve our global objective of a connected fleet by the end of 2020 and New Zealand is a major part of that move’ he says. Avis New Zealand’s signature series, featuring BMW X5s, are already fully connected vehicles and use smart technology to help meet the changing needs of travellers and business customers. ‘Mobile technology is the gateway to mobility in the future. In New Zealand, the new Avis mobile app is the start of these advancements.’


The Avis mobile app allows customers to manage the entire car rental process – from start to finish – through their smartphone. The Avis mobile app is available for vehicle bookings at Auckland Airport, Wellington Airport, Christchurch Airport, and Napier Airport with more locations to follow. The New Zealand launch is part of a successful global roll out which has already seen 400,000 unique customers spanning Europe, North America and Australia. For clients crossing the ditch, the mobile app is also available at 16 of Avis’ Australian locations including; Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Townsville, Launceston, Hobart, Newcastle, Darwin, Canberra, Coolangatta, Perth, Mackay, Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton. www.avis.co.nz