Car rental classification

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Car rental classification in a car rental company is not based on manufacturers or models, but on a four-digit code, the so-called ACRISS, SIPP (short for Standard Interline Passenger Procedures) or CRS code. The code assigns each vehicle to a vehicle group depending on various parameters such as size, equipment and drive. The customer of a car rental company, as the renter of a rental car, therefore generally does not order a specific vehicle, but only a vehicle group. Which rental car the renter ultimately receives from the rental company then depends, among other things, on the current stock of the car rental company on site.

The code was established by the Association of Car Rental Industry Systems Standards (ACRISS).[1] The use of the code is reserved for members and partners of ACRISS, including: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo and National as full members and, for example, Enterprise and Budget as partners.[2] The Code is issued in English and applied uniformly worldwide.

In 2006, the code was expanded. New vehicle classes were added for high-end equipped vehicles (categories “Elite”) and particularly large vehicles (category “Oversize”, namely among others the Hummer). In addition, modern drive concepts such as hybrid and LPG have been introduced, as well as the distinction of all-wheel drive. The revised code is downward compatible, the coding can be taken from the following table.[3]

Category Type/design Gearbox/drive Fuel/air conditioning (AC)
M Mini (smallest car) B 2-3 Door (two- to three-door) M Manual Unspecified Drive R Unspecified Fuel/Power With AC
N Mini Elite C 2/4 Door (two- or four-door) N Manual 4WD N Unspecified Fuel/Power Without AC
E Economy (small car) D 4-5 Door Car (four- to five-door) C Manual AWD D Diesel AC
H Economy Elite W Wagon/Estate (station wagon) A Auto Unspecified Q Diesel No AC
C Compact (compact class) V Passenger van B Car 4WD H Hybrid AC
D Compact Elite L Limo D Car AWD I Hybrid No AC
I Intermediate (middle class) S Sport (sports car) E Electric AC
J Intermediate Elite T Convertible C Electric No AC
S Standard (middle class) F SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) L LPG/Compressed Gas AC
R Standard Elite J Open Air All Terrain S LPG/Compressed Gas No AC
F Fullsize (middle class) X Special (e.g. navigation system) A Hydrogen AC
G Fullsize Elite P Pickup Regular Cab B Hydrogen No AC
P Premium (upper middle class) Q Pickup Extended Cab M Multi Fuel/Power AC
U Premium Elite Z Special Offer Car F Multi fuel/power No AC
L Luxury (upper middle class) E Coupe V Petrol AC
W Luxury Elite M Monospace Z Petrol No AC
O Oversize R Recreational Vehicle U Ethanol AC
X Special (upper class) H Motor Home (Motorhome) X Ethanol No AC
Y 2 Wheel Vehicle
N Roadster
G Crossover
K Commercial Van/Truck (Transporter)

Individual references

  1. ACRISS Car Codes
  2. ACRISS members
  3. ACRISS Expanded Car Code Matrix