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Sixt Nigeria and Coscharis on the road to expansion

Sixt NigeriaThe country manager for the Sixt Group in Nigeria says plans are afoot to expand car hire services to new cities. Christian Chigbundu told attendees at the annual conference in Lagos that new depots would be opening in Calabar and Enugu in the near future.

He said the depots would expand the regional coverage offered by Sixt stations in Lagos, Abuja, Victoria Island, Port Harcourt and Uyo as well as the recently opened ones in Kano and across the border in the Republic of Benin. The Sixt office in Benin only opened 10 days ago.

Mr Chigbundu said customers could now drive to checkpoints on the Nigeria-Benin border and Sixt would arrange seamless vehicle swapovers. He continued by saying Sixt and local franchisee Coscharis aimed to help solve transport issues in Nigeria with both vehicle hire and lease solutions.

Noting that the two entities had built up a fleet of 500-plus vehicles in just four years of operations, Mr Chigbundu said this had been a significant factor in brand recognition and attracting new custom. He explained that the initial target had been 75 vehicles in three years and 500 had surpassed this by leaps and bounds.

Sixt and Coscharis have confirmed the release of a new app which will provide convenience and simplify the rental process. The app is due for release early next year. Mr Chigbundu finished off by saying Sixt was targeting a certain niche of clientele and had no intention of trying to compete with taxis and other public transport operators in Nigeria.

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