Car2go is upping its car-sharing game with its recent decision to offer bigger cars within its North American fleets. The car-sharing company is best known for Smart fortwo cars, which can only seat two people.
As reported by Tech Crunch, Car2go decided to utilize mostly Mercedes-Benz vehicles for its fleet of short-term rental vehicles. The car models that will be available to Car2go's North American customers include the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLAs in addition to the widely known Smart fortwo cars.
The decision is expected to ramp up rentals and make Car2go more competitive. Cities that will first experience the change include Austin, Portland, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, D.C. Customers who reside in other parts of North America need not worry, however, because the car rental company intends to roll out the new vehicles all throughout the United States and Canada within 2017.
Offering four- and five-door vehicles in the North American market means that Car2go is changing its game and expanding its customer base. With the four- and five-door vehicles, the car rental company expects to see more families and groups patronizing its services.
Geekwire reported the bigger vehicles will feature smart phone technology so it will be easier for clients to move around. In addition, Car2go decided that the four- and five-door vehicles will not prominently feature its logo and design, which might actually appeal to customers who are reluctant to drive around a car that doubles as a marketing stunt for the car rental company.
The CLA and GLA will have several tech-infused features, including wipers that can automatically detect rain, rear-view camera, blind-spot assist, automatic parking brake and a navigation monitor. Most of the technology features in the cars are expected to make it easier for drivers to navigate a new location.
In another car-related news, Jobs & Hire reported that General Motors decided to lay off some of its employees in Canada.