Cuba Rental Cars 2013
After a disastrous period of almost a year with the Cuba Rental Cars from China called Geely, these are finally being removed from the Cuban rental fleets. Plagued with technical faults, predominantly with air-conditioning and other quality issues we can all make a sigh of relief that these are now gone.
Renault has made its first appearance in Cuba´s rental fleets in over a decade with Cuba Rental Cars now recupertaing the brand for 2013. These excellent vehicles are already being provided to visitors for the December season in place of Hyundai Accents and the Geely Emgrand vehicles. We are going to take a look at these cars in depth and give our opinion as to how they will fair in Cuba´s car rental market
“New fleet of Cuba Rental Cars 2013”
Renault Fluence is now on of the higher level Cuba Rental Cars offering 4 doors and little larger than the Audi A4 and Skoda Superb it replaces in Cuba´s rental fleet. The Engine is a perky 1.6 liter with 115 CV. It offers CVT valve management and some economy fuel saving engine management functions which make for an impressive 4.6L/100 average fuel consumption. Available from Havanautos and CubaCAR in stick (manual) transmission and from REX in automatic transmission these Cuba Rental Cars are still unavailable on the websites but, are being given to customers this winter season anyway. Our test drive around Havana proved the car to be quiet and well adapted to Cuban roads with its 75 profile tires which are better suited to the potholes and neglected sections of Cuban highways. The engine seemed to have been toned down and didn´t offer the power we had felt while testing the car in Argentina earlier this year. Possibly Renault has offered a different engine management to protect the engine against Cuba´s lower quality 86-90 octane fuel which is commonly sold as super.
Renault Latitude An impressive car from all angles the Renault Latitude of of the Cuba Rental Cars added to Cuba´s rental fleet oozes quality. Being offered in the higher rental segments of the previous Hyundai Sonata and Audi A6 price point, the car looks much like the Volkswagen Passat also available on the island. The Latitudes engine is a 140 CV unit taken from the previous Laguna range but will some important enhancements. The sound system on our version was particularly impressive and a nice change from the trash systems on other Cuba Rental Cars. Curiously the model is derived from a South Korean Samsung SM5 which was available until recently from Havanautos but, the two cars couldn’t be more different. While the Samsung car seemed cheap and badly made this Renault version seems solid and well engineered. We took the car from a drive from Havana to Varadero and it was a pleasure to be in with excellent air-conditioning on the very humid day we drove it in September.
Both these vehicles offer a leap forward in quality for Cuba Rental Cars rental fleet and one that will be welcomed by visitors. As these Cuba Rental Cars are yet to be added to the various websites a personal request can be made on the chat systems or else, you may get a nice surprise and find your car was replaced by one of these when you arrive to collect yours