GoCar expands Irish fleet with Ford

(L to R) GoCar.ie customers: Rutger Stronks from Holland; Todd Keith from the US (in car); Linda Scheers from Belgium; and James Britton with GoCar managing director Marc Rafferty at the site of the new dedicated parking spaces on South Lotts Road.

(L to R) GoCar.ie customers: Rutger Stronks from Holland; Todd Keith from the US (in car); Linda Scheers from Belgium; and James Britton with GoCar managing director Marc Rafferty at the site of the new dedicated parking spaces on South Lotts Road.

GoCar, the innovative new car sharing scheme has expanded its fleet to include several new 2011 Ford Fiesta models for its growing Dublin customer base.

GoCar has also expanded its number of dedicated parking spaces in Dublin with the opening of two spaces on South Lotts Road, close to Dublin’s bustling south city business sector of Grand Canal Dock.

According to Marc Rafferty, managing director of GoCar: “With this expansion of our network, we are now able to provide our novel car-sharing service to a wider number of customers in Ringsend and surrounding south city areas. We believe our service, which can provide a car at a rate of €4.75 per hour, will be particularly attractive to private individuals and employees of large companies in the area.”

According to Rutger Stronks, a Dutch national who is working in Google’s sales team at its Barrow Street HQ, less than three minutes’ stroll from the new dedicated parking spaces. GoCar is the “ideal solution” for someone who does not want the hassle and expense of buying a car and the associated costs.

“With GoCar, I can just go online, reserve a car, turn up and drive away. I have had the opportunity to see much more of Dublin and the surrounding counties during my stay here thanks to GoCar.”

Marc Rafferty says the Ford range is ideal for the GoCar service: “Our parent company in Germany carried out detailed tests on a range of cars to identify the models that are best suited to our needs. From those tests, Ford’s Fiesta and Focus models as well as Ford Transit vans were deemed to be the best vehicles, providing the highest levels of overall safety, driver and passenger comfort, fuel economy and drive ability. Having driven the new Fiesta models from our fleet, I can vouch that they are great driving cars, both around the city or out on the motorway for longer trips.”

As well as the new spaces on South Lotts Road, GoCar now has dedicated parking spaces at Pleasants Street, Dublin 2; Ranelagh and Rathmines, Dublin 6; and Smithfield, Dublin 7. GoCar hopes to have 15 city-wide locations by the end of 2011.

The GoCar service has been recognised as an environmentally sustainable, smart and cost effective alternative to private or corporate car ownership. Full details on the service, a two minute video on how it works as well as information on how to sign up are available at www.gocar.ie

 

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