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Group History

  

1949
Europcar is founded in Paris

1970
Renault purchases Europcar

1973
Creation of subsidiaries in Belgium, Germany, Holland and Switzerland

1974
Acquisition of Budget in Italy: Corporate development in Spain

1981
Acquisition of Godfrey Davis UK, Creation of Europcar International

1982
Creation of subsidiary in Portugal

1988
Wagon-Lits purchases Europcar and sells 50% of the share to Volkswagen

1989
Merger with Interrent Car Rental GmbH

1992
Accor acquires Wagon-Lits including its 50% share of Europcar

1999
- Europcar launches an innovative Online Reservation System via the internet in February.
- Volkswagen AG becomes sole shareholders in Europcar, demonstrating its faith in the ability of the Europcar board and showing commitment in developing as a lifestyle company.

2000
Budget Rent A Car are announced as new strategic partners for Canada and North America.

2006
- Eurazeo acquires 100% of Europcar.
- Europcar acquires Keddy and Ultramar.
- Europcar signs a strategic alliance with Vanguards in the US and acquires the E
uropean business of Vanguard EMEA.
- Renewal of the strategic partnership with TUI.

2007
- Europcar acquires Betacar the leading car rental group in the Balearic and Canary Islands and Vanguard's European businesses ("Vanguard EMEA": brands National & Alamo).

2008
- To continue extension of its network, Europcar joined forces with the uncontested leader Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

2009
Partnerships signed successively with Nissan and Renault to market electric vehicles by 2010/2011 and advance zero-emission mobility on a global scale.
- First 500 electric vehicles pre-ordered from Renault for delivery in Europe's largest cities from the 3rd quarter of 2011.

  
  
  

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