Avis Rent a Car System

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Avis Rent a Car
Type Subsidiary
Industry Car rental
Founded Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S. (1946)
Founder(s) Warren Avis
Headquarters Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ, U.S.
Number of locations ~4900+ (as of 2007)
Area served Worldwide
Key people Naif Bamadhaj
(Chairman) & (CEO)

F. Robert Salerno
(President), (COO) & (Director)

David B. Wyshner
(CFO) & (Executive Vice President)
Revenue Increase US$ 5.986 Billion (2007)
Operating income Decrease US$ -992 Million (2007)
Net income Increase US$ -916 Million (2007)
Total assets Decrease US$ 12.474 Billion (2007)
Total equity Decrease US$ 1.465 Billion (2007)
Owner(s) Avis Budget Group
Employees 30,000 (2008)
Website Avis.com
Avis logo used until December 2012.
A Dodge Grand Caravan from Avis.
Toyota Coaster from Avis.

Avis Rent a Car System, LLC, better known as Avis, is an American car rental company headquartered in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, United States.[1] Avis, Budget Rent a Car and Budget Truck Rental are all units of Avis Budget Group.

Avis Budget Group operates the Avis brand in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, India, Australia and, New Zealand. Recently Avis has acquired Avis Europe plc which once was a separate corporation licensing the Avis brand. Avis is the second largest car rental agency in the world preceded by Hertz Corporation.

Since the late 1970s, Avis has featured mainly General Motors (GM) vehicles such as Chevrolet and Cadillac, but today also rents popular non-GM brands including Ford and Toyota.

Avis is a leading rental car provider to the commercial segment serving business travellers at major airports around the world, and to leisure travellers at off-airport locations. Many of the off-airport locations are franchised operations rather than company-owned and -operated, as is the case with most airport locations. Avis was the first car rental business to be located at an airport.[2]

In January 2013, the company agreed to acquire Zipcar for $491 million.[3]

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1948 with three cars at Willow Run Airport,[4] Ypsilanti, Michigan, by Warren Avis (August 4, 1915 – April 24, 2007[2]). It established branch operations across the United States over the next few years, becoming the second largest car rental company in the country by 1953. By its tenth anniversary in 1956 it had opened its first international offices in Europe, Canada and Mexico.

Their corporate motto is "We Try Harder" It was adopted in 1962[5] (during the tenure of Robert Townsend as its CEO) to make a more positive reference of Avis' status as the second largest car rental company in the United States, at the expense of its larger competitor The Hertz Corporation. The slogan was used for 50 years before a re-branding in 2012, in which Avis received a new slogan, "It's Your Space." In 1972, Avis introduced Wizard, the first computer-based information and reservations system to be used in the United States car rental business; to this day, almost all frequent Avis customers are identified by their unique "Wizard number". In 1981, the company instituted its system of vehicle tracking, that was not coincidentally named Advanced Vehicle Identification System (AVIS).

Avis has been owned by a number of other companies over the years, along with several periods of being a public company. These include:

See also[edit]

  • Robert Townsend, Avis CEO who launched the "We Try Harder" advertising campaign
  • Ronald Wild, head of the Avis advertising department over the time the "We Try Harder" campaign was conceived.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corporate Facts." Avis Rent a Car System. Retrieved on June 14, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Car-Rental Pioneer Avis Dies at 92, Morning Edition, 25 April 2007
  3. ^ "Avis Budget Makes $491 Million Offer to Acquire Zipcar". Bloomberg. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Business Superbrands, Editor: Marcel Knobil, Author James Curtis (2000), Superbrands Ltd. ISBN 0-9528153-4-6, p. 18.
  5. ^ Press release

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