Chicago police arrest 16 people for stealing cars from Daimler carsharing service

22 Apr
Car2Go in Chongqing, ChinaSixteen people have been arrested in Chicago and are accused of stealing as many as 100 vehicles from Daimler's carsharing service Car2Go. The carsharing service features numerous Mercedes-Benz and Smart vehicles to rent and the company said in a tweet that the cars were stolen via a "fraud" issue. Few details have been provided on what type of...

Daimler, BMW merge mobility operations with $1.1B investment

25 Feb
BMW Group CEO Harald Krüger (left) and Daimler CEO Dieter ZetscheGerman rivals BMW and Daimler said Friday that they've merged their car-share operations in a bid to challenge Lyft, Uber, and others in the burgeoning mobility sector. BMW and Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, invest $1.1 billion combined into the joint venture. The cooperation is organized into five global units: Reach Now, Charge Now, Park...

Jeep kicks the tires on car-sharing and subscription services

22 Jan
2020 Jeep GladiatorJeep will play host to a three-month pilot for car sharing and a subscription service. The brand's North American-market head, Tim Kuniskis, told the Detroit News in a report last week that both pilots kick off by the end of January on a trial basis in Boston. Turo will power the car-sharing model and Jeep has actively searched to recruit owners...

Scooter renter Lime gets into the car-share business

17 Nov
Lime launches car-share service in SeattleLime, best known for bicycle and scooter rentals, wants to try its hand at the car-share business. The company will launch a fleet of Fiat 500 models across Seattle in a bid to expand its business. The company announced the car-share service will begin this week with the Fiat 500s spread out across the city. Lime users will see the cars marked as...

GM’s Maven car-share service will add outside brands next year

14 Nov
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV added to Maven car- and ride-sharing fleet in Los Angeles, CaliforniaGeneral Motors' Maven car-share will make a big change next year. The brand's Peer Cars service let users share non-GM vehicles, Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Monday. The move could be a step toward Maven allowing users to rent out non-vehicle items, too. Peer Cars gives Maven members the ability to rent out their GM vehicle...

GM’s Maven car-sharing service extends to 10 new cities by the end of the year

25 Oct
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV added to Maven car- and ride-sharing fleet in Los Angeles, CaliforniaGeneral Motors will allow even more owners of its cars to rent their vehicles out for money through its Maven car-sharing service. On Tuesday, GM announced an expansion to 10 new cities by the end of 2018. The service, which launched this summer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Detroit, will be expanding to Baltimore, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los...

French automaker returns to US with car-sharing Chevrolets, not Peugeots and Citroëns

4 Oct
PSA Peugeot Citroën logoWhen French automaker PSA, the maker of Peugeot and Citroën, returns to the U.S. market after decades away later this month, all will not be as it seems. PSA has ambitions to become a world leader in car-sharing and will launch a program in Washington, D.C., at the end of October, Reuters reported Wednesday. The catch: all 600 vehicles used...

Illinois governor squashes car rental giants’ efforts to kill car sharing

30 Aug
MavenIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have made peer-to-peer car-sharing all-but impossible in the Midwestern state. Ars Technica reported that the bill started off as an innocuous attempt to update state rules on rental car damage waivers, but lobbyists from Enterprise Rent-A-Car were able to wedge last-minute amendments...

BMW goes after Uber, expands ReachNew car-share app to include ride-sharing

18 Jul
BMW ReachNowBMW said Tuesday that its ReachNow car-sharing app will add the ability to book an Uber or Lyft-like ride-share, making it the first to merge the two services. The app allows members to reserve a car, snag a ride, or schedule a pick-up for later. MORE: Trump trade tirade threatens BMW, Mercedes-Benz business on a global scale “From day one...

Volvo launches car-share to take on with BMW, Mercedes-Benz

5 Jul
2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-DesignWhen it comes to cars, the letter M might stir up images of high-performance BMWs, but Volvo wants drivers to associate it with another word: Mobility. The Swedish carmaker said Wednesday that it will launch a new app-based car-sharing service in its home country and the U.S. next year. Similar to other premium car-sharing programs such as...