Sixt

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For the town in France, see Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval.
Sixt GmbH & Co. Autovermietung KG
Type Aktiengesellschaft
Traded as FWBSIX2
Industry Car rental
Founded 1912
Founders Martin Sixt
Headquarters Pullach, Bavaria, Germany
Area served Worldwide
Key people Erich Sixt (CEO and chairman of the executive board), Gunter Thielen (Chairman of the supervisory board) Regine Sixt (Senior Executive Vice President)
Employees 3,052 (December 2011)
Subsidiaries DriveNow (JV with BMW)
MyDriver (MD Digital Mobility GmbH & Co. KG)

Sixt (Sixt GmbH & Co. Autovermietung KG) is an international car rental company with over 2,000 locations spread over 100 different countries. Sixt is currently the 5th largest car rental company in the world,[citation needed] maintaining a car rental fleet of over 225,000 vehicles.[1]

The majority of the company (57%) is currently owned by the Sixt family. The remaining share is tradeable stock: SIX2 (XETRA). The Sixt family currently manages the company as it continues to grow internationally. Currently, it is the leading car rental company in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.[2]

History of Sixt rent a car[edit]

Sixt was founded in 1912 with three vehicles in downtown Munich. At the time of its launch it had only three cars: a Deutz Landauler de Luxe, and two Daimlers. It was originally called "Martin Sixt Autofahrten",[3] bearing the founder's full name.

Martin Sixt was tested early in his venture. During World War I Martin Sixt was left without vehicles when they were taken for military purposes. After the war, he renamed the business "Sixt Autofahrten". The business was soon confronted with a familiar circumstance as World War II came about. In an effort to escape its earlier fate, Sixt hid three of its cars during the course of the war. Once the war was over, Sixt brought out these three vehicles and once again became a car rental company.

Sixt has been passed down from generation to generation and is now being run by the third generation of the Sixt family. Several family members manage the company: Erich Sixt (CEO), Regine Sixt (Marketing), Alexander Sixt (Corporate Development), Konstantin Sixt (Online).

Locations[edit]

Sixt offers car rentals in more than 105 countries and 2,000 locations.[4]

Germany[edit]

Sixt at Breitscheidplatz Berlin (Europacenter)

Sixt was Bavaria's first car rental company in 1912. Sixt also became one of the first leasing companies in Germany in 1969. Today Sixt is the largest car rental company[5] with over 460 car rental locations in Germany.[6]

In addition to standard car rentals, Sixt has created a joint venture with BMW to create a car sharing program called DriveNow in 2011.[7] Sixt has a subsidiary called myDriver, offering a limousine service.[8]

United Kingdom[edit]

Sixt has been operating in the UK since the 1970s,[9] operating under the name "Sixt - rent a car" with the headquarters located in Chesterfield. Sixt has over 150 rental locations in the UK.[10]

Croatia[edit]

Sixt started operations in Croatia in 2001, and currently operates in all of its main cities. Sixt is one of the leading car rental companies in Croatia with more than 1400 vehicles offering the usual comprehensive selection ranging from economy class to high-end luxury cars.

US[edit]

Sixt started operations in the USA in 2011 and plans to expand throughout the US with franchisee and corporate locations at every major airport terminal.[11] As of May 2014 Sixt has over 30 locations in the US and is operating in 10 states.[12]

Australia[edit]

Sixt operates a partnership in Australia with Redspot Car Rentals known as Redspot.Sixt.[13]

Israel[edit]

The Shlomo Group operates a franchise in Israel, under the brand Shlomo Sixt.

Asia[edit]

Sixt planned to open a branch in Laos in late 2013, a branch in Vietnam in early 2014, and a branch in Myanmar in late 2014.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.singaporeair.com/jsp/cms/en_UK/ppsclub_krisflyer/sixtpromo-jun14.jsp
  2. ^ "Business Car Hire from Sixt rent a car". 
  3. ^ "History of Sixt". 
  4. ^ "Say Hello to Sixt". Auto Rental News. January 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sixt and Eye Airports launch innovative ad campaign at Gatwick". Moodie Report. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Car Rental Germany : Sixt Car Hire". 
  7. ^ "BMW’s car-sharing innovation". Financial Times. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "SIXT MYDRIVER RELEASES ANDROID APP - LIMOUSINE SERVICE IN YOUR POCKET". The Unwired. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  9. ^ John K. (6 October 2012). "Sixt Car Hire". 
  10. ^ "Car Hire United Kingdom - Sixt rent a car". 
  11. ^ "History of Sixt rent a car". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "USA Car Rental: Cheap deals with Sixt rent a car". 
  13. ^ "Timeline | Redspot Sixt Rent a Car". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Maierbrugger, Arno (29 June 2013). "Sixt drives into Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam". Inside Investor. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 

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