Meet the CMH Group

Combined Motor Holdings Limited (CMH), is a 46-year-old, JSE-listed car dealership giant, and a holding company for a group of companies... including First Car Rental.

Combined Motor Holdings

CMH, established in 1976, is a South African-based investment holding company engaged primarily in distribution and franchising, motor retailers, car hire, and financial and support services sectors in South Africa.

The company's headquarters are in Umhlanga, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Jebb Mcintosh, CEO- Combined Motor Holdings

"The Group is well positioned for continued growth and is keenly focused on marketing and customer service.

It has a strong balance sheet, healthy cash resources, and an experienced and committed senior management team."

JD McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer


CMH Company Structure


EXCO members represent the key executive management of the Group.

Distribution and Franchising


First Car Rental's holding company has a proud history of growth and diversification.

  • 1976: CMH is founded by Jebb McIntosh and Maldwyn Zimmerman comprising a Chevrolet and Datsun franchise motor dealership based
              in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • 1987: CMH is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).
  • 1999: CMH acquires the franchise for international vehicle rental groups, National and Alamo, and restructures the companies as National Alamo           within Combined Motor Holdings.
  • 2006: Thebe Investment Corporation, a Black Economic Empowerment company based in South Africa, acquires a 15% stake in CMH.
  • 2008: CMH restructures its car rental business again, registering the subsidiary, First Car Rental, also acquiring a service contract to operate the           Germany-based, SIXT rent a car, in South Africa.


CMH Mission Statement

... and in doing so, we become a valued, respected and committed contributor to the society in which we all coexist.

CMH has five primary areas of business, including

Motor Dealerships

Combined Motor Holdings Limited is a licensed dealer for a large number of automotive brands in South Africa, including:









UD Trucks






Land Rover


CMH Distribution and Franchising

Vehicle Hire

First Car Rental

First Car Rental is the car rental subsidiary of Combined Motor Holdings Limited. First Car Rental has approximately 7 500 vehicles and operates out of over 50 branches in South Africa.

First Car Rental also has an operational presence in Malta, Mauritius, Tanzania and Turkey.

Leaders in innovation and technology, First Car Rental launched the first-in-world, first-in-market, corporate Show&Go Mobile Checkout Facilities at their airport branches in 2011.

Last year, First Car Rental launched Self-Service car hire, the first car hire company in South Africa to do so. Piloted in August 2018 and officially rolled-out in December 2018, and already breaking world records in checkout speeds and efficiencies, Self-Service car hire, is available at all First Car Rental airports and downtown branches.

First Car Rental is a SAVRALA member (South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association).

The company is listed as one of the Top 500 Best Managed Companies in South Africa. A proven track record, customised systems, and a loyal customer base, ensured a smooth identity change in 2008 from National Alamo to First Car Rental.

First Car Rental

Distribution and Franchising

NWE Workshop Equipment

NWE Workshop Equipment is a supplier of bulk lubrication management systems, workshop equipment and bulk oil management systems in South Africa.

NWE Workshop Equipment is in Pinetown, Durban, South Africa.

CMH Fleet Solutions

CMH Fleet Solutions is the fleet division of Combined Motor Holdings Limited. The company engages in fleet leasing, maintenance, fuel management, accident management, fleet administration, driver management and security.

CMH Fleet Solutions

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First in Car Hire. First in Service.