Europcar history

Europcar history


Europcar, the Brainchild of Raoul-Louis Mattei who traded as L'Abbonement Automobile in Paris and provided cars for rental "without-chauffeurs" as part of the Mattei Group, is founded.

Renault purchases Europcar

The new Europcars "snail" logo and orange colour is launched

Europcar expands creating subsidiaries in Switzerland (purchased), Germany (purchased), Belgium and the Netherlands.

The "Europcar" trademark first appears. Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Portugal subsidiaries are opened and a new franchise network developed.

Europcar International is created as a holding company assuming franchise functions and a co-ordinating role. Godfrey Davids, the oldest and largest car rental company in the UK, is acquired bringing with it over 300 agencies and 50 years of experience.

A comprehensive Quality Control programme is launched by the group, the quality of service is to be improved at all stations to a level representative of the Europcar "Super Service".

Wagon-Lits Group and Volkswagen AG become the new joint shareholders.

Europcar change of logo: from orange to green

1990 - 1991
Europcar linked with Sabre (1990) and Galileo (1991) Global Distribution Systems.

Europcar becomes Europcar Interrent with National, Nippon and and Tilden making up the Interrent partners and forming a truly global network.

GreenWay information and reservation system is launched giving Europcar a competitive advantage in the field of car rental.

Europcar gains many ISO9002 certifications (quality assurance certification).

Europcar decide not to renew the Interrent agreement and instead form a strategic alliance in the US with Dollar Rent A Car. Europcar acquires British Car and Van Rental (BCR), creating one of Britain's largest car rental networks. The Europcar identity is modernised, emphasing the green and including a yellow stylised horizon underscoring the name. The new logo increases Europcars visibility and portrays the brand's dynamism and competitiveness.

Europcar launches innovative Online Reservation System via the internet in February. Volkswagen AG become sole shareholders in Europcar, demonstrating its faith in the ability of the Europcar board and showing commitment in developing as a lifestyle company.

Budget Rent A Car are announced as new strategic partners for Canada and North America.

Europcar contracts with EUrent Autókölcsönző Kft., as the new frenchise partner from 1st January, 2003. in Hungary.

Volkswagen sells Europcar to French investor Eurazeo.

Europcar acquires Betacar the leading car rental group in the Balearic and Canary Islands and Vanguard's European businesses ("Vanguard EMEA": brands National & Alamo).

From 1st September Europcar Hungary (EUrent Ltd) ownes the domestic service franchise rights of National and Alamo brands too.

Europcar-Enterprise strategic alliance: European and North American leaders join forces to form the world's largest car rental network (together 1,2 million vehicles, 162 countries, 13.000 locations).

Europcar in Hungary

1989   Coop-Car Ltd is founded - predecessor in title of EUrent Ltd

1994   EUrent Car Rental Ltd is founded and Porsche Hungaria becomes its owner

2003   Europcar contracts with EUrent Ltd, as the new franchise partner in Hungary,

            EUrent becomes member of Hungarian Porsche Financial Group

2013   After 10 years of good cooperation, the franchise contract has been renewed and Eurent Kft. conginous to be Europcar franchise partner in Hungary.

Since 2013, Eurent Kft. is market leader in Hungary with market share of 30%.


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