Autohellas Group

Our History

With over 50 years of presence in the Greek market, Autohellas is one of the largest car rental, import, distribution and retail companies in Greece, in terms of both its turnover and the size of the fleet it operates.

The Group is active in eight countries and has the largest private network in the car rental sector, with over 143 service points, of which 45 are in the largest airports. Autohellas is the largest Hertz franchisee worldwide and since its takeover in 2016 of VELMAR and TECHNOCAR, it has been expanding its activities in the import and sale of cars. In December 2017, it gained control of 70% of HYUNDAI Hellas and KIA (AUTODEAL).

Some of the most important milestones in the history of Autohellas:

Timeline

1966-1969

1966
Mr Th. Vassilakis signs a contract to represent Hertz in Crete, with an initial fleet of 6 Volkswagen Beetles. TH. VASSILAKIS S.A. is founded.


1974

1970-1979

1972
The Company expands its presence to Rhodes. Its fleet now numbers 300 cars.

1974
Mr Th. Vassilakis buys out Hertz Hellas, a subsidiary of Hertz International, renames it Autohellas SA and starts to represent Hertz in the whole of Greece.

1989

1980-1989

1983
Autohellas is awarded the European Highest Overall Standards Cup by Hertz Europe.

1986
Autohellas is awarded for the second time the European Highest Overall Standards Cup by Hertz Europe.

1989
Autohellas is the first company to introduce the practice of Fleet Management (operating leasing and fleet management) in Greece to best meet the needs of businesses.

1990-1999

1998
The franchise agreement with Hertz Corporation is renewed for another 26 years, until 31/12/2023.

1999
Autohellas is listed on the Main Market of the Athens Stock Exchange.

2009

2000-2009

2001
For the fifth consecutive year, Hertz wins the Business Traveller award for Best Car Rental Company Worldwide.

2003
Autohellas acquires Bemal Auto Ltd, the local Hertz franchisee in Bulgaria, which also imports and distributes SΕΑΤ and Audi cars.

2005
Autohellas becomes the Hertz franchisee in Cyprus.

2007
Autohellas establishes Autotechnica Fleet Services SRL in Romania. The company uses the franchise licence for the Hertz brand that was granted to Autohellas for the Operating Leasing segment.

2009
Autohellas expands its activities, introducing the Hertz Equipment Rental service in Greece, thus offering the most reliable solutions for equipment rental.

2014

2010-2018

2010
Autohellas establishes Autotechnica Serbia D.O.O. The company uses the franchise licence for the Hertz brand that was granted to Autohellas for the Operating Leasing and Rent a Car segments in Serbia.

2011
Autohellas establishes Autotechnica Montenegro D.O.O. The company uses the franchise licence for the Hertz brand that was granted to Autohellas for the Operating Leasing and Rent a Car segments in Montenegro.

2012
Autotechnica Fleet Services SRL uses the franchise licence for the Hertz brand for the Rent a Car segment in Romania.

2014
Autohellas acquires the exclusive right to use all Hertz International brand names (Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Firefly).

2015
Autohellas establishes Autotechnica Fleet Services LLC in Ukraine. The company uses the franchise licence for the Hertz brand that was granted to Autohellas for the Operating Leasing and Rent a Car segments in Ukraine.

2016
Autohellas begins operations in Croatia, after the acquisition of ANTERRA DOO, the former national licensee. The company is active in the car rental sector. In 2016, Autohellas completed the acquisition of Technocar and Velmar, expanding its activities to importing and selling cars. It is now licensed to distribute and repair FORD, OPEL, SEAT, SAAB, HONDA, ALFA ROMEΟ, FIAT, ABARTH, MITSUBISHI and VOLVO cars and is the exclusive importer of SEAT cars in Greece.

2017
In 2017, Autohellas became the licensed distributor and repairer of BMW, BMW MOTO and MINI, Hyundai and KIA cars and exclusive importer of HYUNDAI and KIA vehicles in Greece.

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