Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

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Thrifty Ford Transits at the Basingstoke, UK premises

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group (formerly NYSEDTG) is a holding company for Thrifty Car Rental and Dollar Rent A Car, formed in 1990 by Chrysler and spun off in 1997. In November 2012, it was acquired by Hertz Global Holdings in a $2.3 billion deal.[1]

The company at one time also owned Snappy Rent a Car (which was sold in 1994), Eurodollar and General Rent a Car (which was closed in 1993). It is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Prior to 2009, the company primarily rented Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles within the United States, though some locations featured other brands, such as Mazda, Nissan, or Toyota. In October 2009, the company stated that it would move away from its traditional reliance on Chrysler Group vehicles, diversifying its fleet to include more brands than before.[2]

DTAG was a Fortune 1000 company and has over 1,475 locations worldwide including more than 835 locations in the United States. In 2006, the company outsourced its IT operations to EDS. As of October 2009, the company had about 7,000 employees, 700 of them in Tulsa.[2]

Thrifty Car Rental[edit]

Thrifty Car Rental

Thrifty Car Rental was founded in 1958. From 1981 to 1989, Thrifty Automotive was owned by an investment group of William Lobeck, Alvin Swanner of New Orleans and Archer McWhorter of Houston. [3] It became a public company in 1987 and in 1989 it was acquired by Chrysler, where in 1990 it was combined with Dollar Rent A Car.

Together with its corporately-owned locations and those of its franchise owners, the Thrifty Car Rental brand has more than 1,028 locations in 68 countries.

Most locations in the United States and Canada offer a Blue Chip Express Rental Program to expedite the rental process for business travelers.

Dollar Rent A Car[edit]

Dollar Rent A Car

Formerly known as Dollar A Day Rent A Car, Dollar Rent a Car was founded in 1965 by Henry Caruso in Los Angeles, California. The company was purchased by Chrysler at an undisclosed amount as of August 15, 1990.[4]

The Hertz Corporation acquired Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. for $2.3 billion in 2012 - equaling $87.50 for each Dollar Thrifty share.[5] Dollar has more than 647 worldwide locations in 53 countries, with a significant presence in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, including more than 358 in the United States and Canada.[6]

Current CEO Scott Thompson has led the company since 2008.[7]

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  1. ^ "Hertz completes Hertz Dollar Thrifty Purchase Cleared by U.S. Regulator". Bloomberg Business. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b D.R. Stewart, "Dollar Thrifty diversifies fleet brands", Tulsa World, October 12, 2009.
  3. ^ By DORON P. LEVIN, Special to The New York Times (1989-05-19). "Chrysler to Buy Thrifty Rent-A-Car". Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  4. ^ "Chicago Tribune. Chrysler to acquire Dollar Rent Car.". Chicago Tribune. June 27, 1990. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ "CBS Money Watch. Hertz buying Dollar Thrifty for about $2.3B.". CBS. August 27, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Dallos, Robert E. Chrysler to Purchase No. 4 Dollar Rent a Car : Rentals: The buyout of the privately held, Los Angeles-based car leasing firm continues a trend of auto makers buying into such companies to obtain captive markets for their vehicles.". Los Angeles Times. June 27, 1990. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Travel Weekly. Scott Thompson named Dollar Thrifty CEO.". October 15, 2008. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 

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