Sixt car rental agency expands network in Africa

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Car Rental News - 28/09/2009


Car hire company opens franchises in Portuguese-speaking Africa

For now, car hire firm will focus on opening franchises in Portuguese-speaking parts of the continent. Mozambique and Angola with both get new Sixt franchises. The Sixt branch in Angola will be opened at Luanda airport, making this the first international car rental firm to open shop at the airport.

Nigeria, Sudan, Egypt, Kenya, Algeria and South Africa are among the other African countries where Sixt has a number of franchises. The branches at Mozambique and Angola will be the car rental company's first foray into Portuguese speaking Africa.

Taking into account the terrain and the requirements for the region, Sixt will offer mainly people carriers and large 4X4s at their outlets in the two new African locations.

Sixt says it is planning more outlets in African countries in the future. The firm maintains that demand has remained high across markets, allowing Sixt to continue pursuing international expansion.

The UK-based car hire firm declared a 7.8% increase in profits for the second quarter of 2009, when compared with the figures from the first quarter of the year. Cost cutting measures introduced in late 2008 have reportedly positioned the company to grow its profits in a year when the recession has led to less global travel.

The car hire firm was earlier named the best car hire agency in the world, in a survey conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine among its readers.

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