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Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group
Subsidiary
Traded asFormerly NYSEDTG
IndustryCar rental and Leasing
HeadquartersEstero, Florida, USA
Number of locations
9,700 corporate and franchise between Hertz, Dollar, and Thrifty (as of 2017)
Key people
Kathryn V. Marinello, President and CEO of The Hertz Corporation
OwnerHertz Global Holdings
Websitewww.dtag.com/ Edit this on Wikidata

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group is the former holding company of Thrifty Car Rental and Dollar Rent A Car. Dollar Thrifty Automotive began to operate as an independent car rental subsidiary of The Chrysler Corporation on November 4, 1997 while continuing to support its two brands, Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental.[1][2] It was acquired by The Hertz Corporation for $2.3 billion USD on November 19, 2012.[3]

Company Development[edit]

Established in 1990 by The Chrysler Corporation, Dollar Thrifty Automotive was part of Chrysler's Pentastar Transportation Group in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which also included General Rent-A-Car and Snappy Car Rental.[4] Chrysler first purchased Thrifty Rent A Car System, Inc. in 1989, and Dollar Rent A Car Systems, Inc. in 1990 - forming Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.[5] By 1997, Dollar Thrifty Automotive earned $843.94 million USD in sales, employed a staff of 5,200, and maintained a combined rental fleet of approximately 100,000 vehicles.[6]

Chrysler announced that Dollar Thrifty Automotive filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to offer its common stock in November 1997. On December 23, 1997 Dollar Thrifty Automotive completed its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange and was traded as DTG.[7] Before the Thrifty Car Rental and Dollar Rent A Car brands acted as their own subsidiaries under Dollar Thrifty Automotive in December 2002, Dollar Thrifty Automotive operated as one car rental group to reduce expenses.[8] By 2003, the Dollar and Thrifty brands operated in over 70 countries around the world, including approximately 800 corporate and franchised locations in the United States and Canada.[9]

The Rental Fleet[edit]

From 1990 to 2009, Dollar Thrifty Automotive primarily rented Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles to customers within the United States. Some locations featured Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota models as well. In October 2009, it was announced the company would move away from use of Chrysler Group vehicles with hope to better diversity their rental fleet.[10] It was announced the fleet would now include Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Chrysler, and other vehicles. This fleet expansion helped Dollar Thrifty shares on the New York Stock Exchange rise to a 52-week high of $27.50 before closing at $26.33 - up 0.57 percent.[11]

Former Key Executives[edit]

Gary L. Paxton was elected President and CEO of Dollar Thrifty Automotive in October 2003 in response to Joseph E. Cappy’s retirement after ten years with the brand.[12][13] Paxton’s career with Dollar Thrifty Automotive began after working for the first Dollar Rent A Car franchise in California in 1968; he later moved to senior management positions of Vice President of Operations (1972 to1974), Vice President of Properties (1974 to 1982), Senior Vice President of Operations and Properties (1986 to 1990), Executive Vice President (1997 to 2002), and Chief Airport Negotiator of Dollar (1974 to 1990).[14] Paxton oversaw the automotive group’s 7,000 employees - 700 of which worked at the Tulsa headquarters - as well as the daily operation of both brands.[15]

In response to Paxton’s retirement in December, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group’s Board of Directors announced Scott L. Thompson as the company's President, CEO, and newest board member in October 2008.[16][17] Paxton would provide consulting services to the car rental company through October 31, 2009.[18]

Thompson joined the company on May 23, 2008, as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, stepping away from his role with Group 1 Automotive, a New York Stock Exchange listed and Fortune 500 company.[19] In addition, R. Scott Anderson, who joined the brand in 1987, would act as Senior Executive Vice President and be held responsible for corporate and franchise store operations, global sales, and marketing efforts.[20][21] Anderson was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer in 2008.[22]

The Hertz Corporation Purchases Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group[edit]

In 2009, Hertz Global Holdings made an initial offer to purchase the Tulsa-based car rental company for $41 per share. [23] By April 2010, negotiations had led Hertz to an offer of $1.27 billion USD, which increased again to $1.5 billion USD, but was rejected a third time by Dollar Thrifty shareholders.[24][25] In July 2011, Hertz’s bid increased to $1.91 billion USD, competing against rival Avis Budget Group’s offer of $1.55 billion USD.[26] Finally, on November 19, 2012, Hertz Global Holdings former Chairman and CEO Mark P. Frissora announced the company’s purchase of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group for $2.3 billion USD.[27]

The Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group has separated into two independent subsidiaries, Thrifty Car Rental and Dollar Rent A Car, under The Hertz Corporation. Each operates with their own sales, marketing, rental fleets, and franchise locations out of Hertz’s headquarters in Estero, Florida under President and CEO Kathryn V. Marinello.[28][29][30]

Dollar Rent A Car[edit]

Dollar Rent A Car Logo

Formerly known as Dollar A Day Rent A Car, Dollar Rent A Car Systems, Inc. was founded by Henry J. Caruso in Los Angeles, California in 1965.[31][32] It was purchased for an undisclosed amount on August 15, 1990 by The Chrysler Corporation, which merged Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental into Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.[33]

The Dollar brand focuses on leisure markets and tourism, with 76% of the brand’s revenue in 1997 from Florida, California, Hawaii, and Nevada locations.[34] Dollar Rent A Car has more than 370 worldwide locations in 26 countries, including Australia, Canada, the Caribbean region, and Latin America, as well as approximately 230 locations in the United States.[35]

With car rental services in place, Dollar Rent A Car provides ski racks, child safety seats, navigation, and operational support.[36]

Thrifty Car Rental[edit]

Thrifty Car Rental Logo

Thrifty Car Rental was incorporated in 1958 as an indirect subsidiary of Thrifty Rent A Car System, Inc.[37] In May 1989, the Thrifty brand purchased Ohio-based Snappy Car Rental Inc., which specializes in insurance replacement rentals, for $40 million.[38] As the former fifth-largest car rental company in North America, Thrifty focuses on airport locations, local markets, franchising, and franchise-support services.[39]

The Thrifty brand agreed to be acquired by The Chrysler Corporation for $263 million USD in 1989.[40] In turn, Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca announced his company would finance part of Thrifty’s acquisition of Snappy for $40 million USD.[41][42]

As a current subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation, Thrifty Car Rental operates in 77 countries and territories with 472 locations in the United States and Canada, as well as 589 locations throughout the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific regions.[43][44]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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