TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, car2go Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, thanks the voters in Toronto for choosing car2go as Toronto's Best Car Service in NOW Magazine's 2013 "Best of Toronto" reader's poll. Since its launch in June 2012, more than 24,000 people have registered as members and collectively share a network of more than 350 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles. car2go members in Toronto are enjoying the benefits and flexibility of car2go's pioneering one-way carsharing model without the restrictions of mandatory return trips.
"We are grateful to be awarded Toronto's Best Car Service by NOW Magazine in Toronto and appreciate the overwhelming show of support from the voters, our members and advocates in the community," said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go Canada Ltd. "Torontonians have recognized that car2go is a great local mobility option that conveniently connects people to the many things that this great city has to offer."
car2go has become a part of Toronto's progressive and diverse community through local neighborhood partnerships, local business relationships and investment in homegrown associations at hundreds of events such as the Taste of the Danforth, PrideTO, Word on the Street, Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays and Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District. car2go continues to educate, share and spread the word about point-to-point carsharing through on-going community partnerships and local events. Toronto car2go members also have access to use car2go in the other three car2go Canadian locations, including Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.
car2go is currently offering Toronto residents memberships for $10 (a $35 value), including 30 free minutes of car2go Drive Time, for new registrations using the promotional code "car2golife." The car2golife campaign features Toronto resident Stephanie Malek and her memorable car2go experience. To view Stephanie's story or become a car2go member visit Toronto.car2go.com and keep up to date by connecting with car2go Toronto on Facebook www.facebook.com/car2go.Toronto and Twitter twitter.com/car2gotoronto.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler and a brand of Daimler Mobility Services, car2go offers an innovative mobility solution redefining individual transportation in rapidly growing urban areas by offering a network of several hundred environment-friendly smart fortwo vehicles for rent. It provides an innovative mode of "on-demand" transportation, which complements existing public transportation alternatives by bridging the gaps commonly associated with the "first and last mile" of a public transit commute. There are currently more than 500,000 car2go members worldwide throughout 25 cities across the globe.
The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including "Best Carshare" from the Vancouver Courier, recognition from the Austin Chamber of Commerce with the "Greater Austin Business Award" for its positive impact on the city's traffic, and the prestigious "2010 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award" from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and media.daimler.com/ms/car2go/e.
About Daimler Mobility Services GmbH
Daimler Mobility Services GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler Financial Services AG, offers its customers innovative mobility services from a single source. With the car2go brand, the company is the world's leading provider of flexible carsharing programs. With the moovel brand, Daimler Mobility Services GmbH offers an intuitive smartphone app that enables customers to compare various mobility options on the basis of several parameters, and then choose the best options for traveling from Point A to Point B. The company's other activities include the development of innovative solutions for searching for and reserving parking spaces in cities.
Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services.
The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group's focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.
Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world's most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2012, the Group sold 2.2 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 275,000 people; revenue totaled €114.3 billion and EBIT amounted to €8.6 billion.
Video with caption: "Toronto resident and car2go member shares her unique car2go experience for the #car2golife campaign!" Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU6wGL7L2aM
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Image with caption: "car2go Wins Toronto's Best Car Service Award." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131107/NY12489-b