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Below you find a brief overview of the main events:

Year Event
1916   Establishment of Riva (Reparatie Inrichting van Automobielen or ‘repair station for automobiles’). Under this name, three men from Amsterdam – Justus van Aken, Gerrit Kerst and Adrianus Bernhard – launched a business for car repair and maintenance.
1923   First dealership for Ford.
1925   Albert Heijn acquired a majority stake in the company at that time called ‘de Amsterdamsche Garage v/h C.L. de Groot’. The company set up in business at Overtoom 197-205 in Amsterdam.
1929   Opening Riva The Hague.
1934   Name of Amsterdamsche Garage v/h C.L. de Groot changed to NV R.I.V.A.
1943   German service posted requisitions the offices and showroom on Overtoom, Amsterdam.
1945   Death of Mr Albert Heijn. His sons, Gerrit and Jan, took on all of the shares.
1949   Acquisition of Opel dealership.
1954   Flotation at Amsterdam Exchange.
Since 1955   Purchase of various premises in Amsterdam and The Hague to open workshops and service stations.
1962   Operation of petrol station on Amsterdamseweg in Amstelveen.
1963   Establishment of Auto Lease Plan in Amsterdam, the first lease activities (with Bank Mees en Hope). Co-operation ended after only half a year.
1969   Establishment of Universele Lease Maatschappij Unilease (with subsidiary ABN, Algemene Bank Nederland).
1972   Conversion of all subsidiaries into private company.
1973   Establishment of Interleasing Nederland in Amsterdam.
1990   Launch of car body repair (CARe Schadeservice).
1990   Athlon Groep N.V. increased stake in Interleasing Belgium from 75% to full ownership.
1991   Riva N.V. changed its name to Athlon Groep N.V.
1992   Sale of car fuel activities (MarGas).
1993   Establishment of Axxi Autoverhuur.
1993   Disposal of Riva Mega-dealers.
1997-1999   Acquisition of several French and German car leasing- and rental companies.
1997   Acquisition of German rental company C.C. Raule.
1998   Acquisition of AV Leasing in Germany.
1999   Acquisition of share capital in Hiltermann Lease Service.
1999   Acquisition of three car rental and lease companies in France: SDL, Selmat and CB Location.
1999   Acquisition of lease company Autop Deutschland.
2001   Lease fleet exceded 100.000 cars.
2001   Sale of dealer activities.
2002   Disposal of rental activities, active in captive rental only.
2003   Merger into one lease company per country. Introduction of Athlon Car Lease/Holding.
2004   Acquisition of remaining 50% in Unilease.
2005   Athlon Car Lease signed Letter of Intent for the acquisition of Spanish Business Renting.
2006   Athlon Car Lease finalized Spanish acquisition (Business Renting).
2006   Public offered De Lage Landen. 
2006   Take-over was final. De-listing of Athlon Holding was irrevocable.
Sale of Care Schadeservice.

Lease fleet exceded 200.000 cars.

Establishment of Athlon Car Lease Polska.

2008   Establishment of Athlon Car Lease Portugal.
2009   Acquisition of Italian Masterlease and merger into Athlon Car Lease.
2011   Integration of Fleet Synergy International.
2013   Integration of Swedish SAC into Athlon Car Lease.
2014   Branding uniformity of "Athlon Car Lease" into "Athlon"