• We celebrate our 'birthday' in a 'sweet' moment, when we are expanding nationally and internationally, and with a fleet that exceeds 20,000 vehicles.
• The opening of branches in new European destinations in the last 3 years, has boosted the creation of employment, doubling our workforce.
• So far this year, we have opened six new offices: four in the main airports of Italy, one in Madeira and another in Barcelona Sants Station (AVE)
• We started our activity in 1973 with a small fleet of six yellow 'Seat 600', at the moment of Benidorm’s maximum tourist splendor.
This year we at Centauro Rent a Car celebrate our 45th Anniversary. We celebrate our 'birthday' in a 'sweet' moment, when we are expanding nationally and internationally, and with a fleet that will reach, for the first time, 22,000 vehicles. So far this year, we have opened six new offices: four in the main airports of Italy (Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino, Milan Bergamo and Milan Malpensa), one in Madeira and one in Barcelona, at the Sants Station (AVE). And these will not be the last openings of this year. During the summer season, the company plans to continue with its growth rate and close new deals.
"We are very happy to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Centauro Rent a Car in one of the sweetest moments in the history of the company. Operating for the first time in Italy has been a milestone for Centauro Rent a Car and we continue working, with the same enthusiasm as the first years, to expand our presence in new national and European destinations throughout this year. “These new operations will allow us to grow, in employment and also the acquisition of new vehicles for the fleet", says Erik Devesa, CEO of Centauro Rent a Car.
The success story of a family business in Benidorm
Francisco Devesa - father of the current CEO, Erik Devesa-, started the Centauro Rent a Car business in 1973 with a small fleet of 6 yellow 'Seat 600' in the city of Benidorm. During the first 25 years of life, marked by the tourist splendor of the New York of the Mediterranean, Centauro Rent a Car was a family business that carried out its activity in the Valencian Community and Murcia. Two decades later, in 1998, we expanded our horizons to new national tourist destinations, such as Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Jerez or Seville.
At that time, 'Centauro' was a very different company from today, which already has a large European network of offices: 14 in Spain, 4 in Italy and another 4 in Portugal. In the last two years, the openings in new national and international destinations have boosted the creation of employment in our company doubling its workforce.
Centauro Rent a Car is today a recognized brand -with an excellent reputation among domestic and foreign tourists- that has positioned itself as a leader of the national companies operating in our country (by turnover).
We transform ourselves and grow, year after year, but we keep the same corporate values of our origins, typical of a family business. Our philosophy of today and always: to pamper the national and foreign client to ensure an optimal experience at very competitive prices
First leap to the international market
Centauro Rent a Car began its internationalization in 2015 with the opening of its first two offices in Portugal, where we currently have branches in the main tourist destinations: Faro, Lisbon, Oporto and Madeira (inaugurated last June 19). That same year, in February, we set up shop for the first time in Italy, with the opening of four offices in the main airports of the transalpine country: Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino, Milan Bergamo and Milan Malpensa.
In addition to Italy and Portugal, we have a network of 14 offices in Spain, distributed in the main coastal tourist destinations (Mallorca, Ibiza, Alicante, Benidorm, Torrevieja, Murcia and Malaga) as well as urban destinations (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville ) in airports and AVE stations.
Brand manifesto and time travel to the summer of 1973
To conmemorate our 45th Anniversary, we are launching a global campaign called the ' Summer of 73' which will take us back to the summer of 1973, the year the company began. On this webpage we invite you to travel back in time to remember what road trips were like in Spain at that time, so different from how they are now.
We are also publishing peoples' travel experiences over the last 45 years with a manifesto-video (video authorised for publication in the media) and available on the microsite: https://summerof73.centauro.net/
On this new web, you can also find information on a competition and have the chance to win one of our vintage prizes, as well as information relating to the evolution of travel and car journey's in Spain.
To round off our birthday celebrations, we have created for this year a new design of our logo to conmemorate this special 45 year annversary.