Car2go upgrades DC fleet with Mercedes-Benz

Maybe the late Janis Joplin should have crooned, "Oh Lord, won't you let me share a Mercedes Benz".

"Car2Go is already the most popular car-sharing service in the world", said Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche.

The original two-passenger cars cost members $0.41 per minute, $14 per hour, and $59 per day, while the Mercedes-Benz options run for $0.47 per minute, $19 per hour, and $79 per day. Car2go will charge customers four to six cents more per minute to use the larger vehicles, depending on the city. Rather, its fleet will have the smaller. practical CLA and modest GLA crossover. The auto sharing service will start offering the vehicles to customers at its Toronto and Vancouver locations in early February.

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The Daimler-owned car2go offers mostly Smart fortwo cars now, with a few Mercedes-Benz B-Class vehicles also available in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, a measure car2go says was actually a pilot to see if there was enough demand for this broader rollout of Mercedes-Benz model options.

This could be a big step toward helping car2go become even more competitive with Zipcar and other similar services, and offer a way for Daimler to compete with other high-end alternatives to vehicle ownership like the Book pilot project by Cadillac, and Audi's on demand short-term rental service. The services make cars available at a reasonable price to people for occasional use when they don't use public transportation or their own feet. It sold only 6,211 Smart fortwos in 2016, down 17% from the year before, according to Autodata.

It said it expects its fleet will be mostly Mercedes vehicles by the end of the year.

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Austin, Portland, Seattle, Washington, Toronto, and Vancouver are the first cities to snag these posh new rides.

A car2go vehicle exits a parkade at Cordova and Granville in downtown Vancouver.

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