NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- car2go, the largest, fastest-growing one-way carsharing service in the world, announced that starting today, its 77,000-plus New York City members can rent new, all-wheel drive 2018 model year Mercedes-Benz CLA four-door sedans. These new car2go Mercedes-Benz CLAs are joining hundreds of new generation smart fortwo vehicles, bringing car2go's shared vehicle network in New York City to approximately 600 vehicles. car2go expects to add the compact crossover Mercedes-Benz GLA in 2018.
car2go's new compact Mercedes-Benz vehicles provide more options for New Yorkers to take their friends and family on popular day-trip and weekend getaway destinations across the Tri State area, as well as places throughout Brooklyn and Queens – like that perfect coffee shop in Williamsburg, the fortune-teller at Coney Island, that incredible restaurant in Astoria, the promenade in Brooklyn Heights, and all the other treasures New York has to offer.
"The addition of new Mercedes-Benz car2gos give our New York members the option to travel with more passengers and cargo in greater comfort," said car2go Regional Director Josh Moskowitz. "These new vehicles are family-friendly with LATCH car seat anchors, have 4MATIC all-wheel drive that's perfect for slippery winter driving conditions, and are still very easy-to-park vehicles complete with back-up cameras and blind-spot sensors. car2go members have responded very well in every city where we have added new Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and we expect our New York car2go members will give this new added option the same great reception."
car2go currently serves over 77,000 New York members as part of the world's largest and fastest growing one-way carsharing service. Since car2go began in Brooklyn in 2014 and expanded into Queens, membership has exploded. car2go New York membership has grown 70-percent year-over-year, making New York the fastest growing market in North America and helping to push car2go membership to nearly 1 million members in the U.S. and Canada. With approximately 600 vehicles in the New York car2go fleet, members can now drive both new generation smart fortwo vehicles with the latest car2go technology, as well as new Mercedes-Benz car2gos.
The first lucky people to experience car2go's new Mercedes-Benz in New York were none other than critically-acclaimed hip hop duo Run the Jewels. Appearing in a new mini-documentary shot for car2go, El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels cruise the streets of New York City in a new car2go Mercedes-Benz while they talk with one another about their background, the evolution of Run the Jewels, and how the neighborhoods of New York helped shape their musical influences.
The new vehicles deliver a smoother, faster and improved car2go experience. New York's car2go Mercedes-Benz vehicles seat up to five passengers and, despite their larger interior space, are very compact: both are shorter in length than a Honda Civic or a Toyota Camry. Members can choose between Mercedes and smart models and see fuel levels all within the car2go app. car2go Mercedes-Benz vehicles hit the road at 47 cents per-minute while smart fortwo vehicles continue to be available to drive for 41 cents per-minute.
Saving New Yorkers money while improving quality of life
car2go membership provides New Yorkers who are either unwilling or unable to take on the cost and inconveniences associated with city car ownership with convenient, affordable access to vehicles when they need them. On average, vehicle ownership in the U.S. costs drivers $8,469 annually. The average annual cost of using car2go as main form of transportation is $940, meaning car2go can help save New Yorkers an average of over $7,500, which can then be saved or used to rent that nicer apartment, take that special vacation, or achieve another important financial goal.
Meet the new Mercedes-Benz car2gos
car2go's 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA is a fun and sexy 4-door coupe and car2go's 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA is a sporty, 5-door small SUV with expanded cargo capacity. All car2go New York Mercedes-Benz vehicles come equipped with Mercedes-Benz's award-winning 4MATIC all-wheel drive system for maximum traction in all types of poor and more difficult driving conditions, Adaptive Braking, Blind Spot Assist, a rearview camera, heated seats, hands-free trunk access, panoramic sunroof and full smartphone integration.
Free new member registration for New Yorkers
Until December 31st, 2017 car2go is offering New Yorkers free registration and drive credit for new car2go members. Download the car2go app or register at car2go.com with the code BENZ to receive free registration plus $10 of drive credit. car2go covers its members insurance, parking, gas and maintenance with no additional fees. Members only pay by the minute for what they use.
About car2go N.A. LLC
car2go N.A., LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, offers an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of affordable, eco-friendly Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles. A flexible and "on demand" mode of transportation, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the "first and last mile" of a member's commute. car2go members use a free, downloadable app on their smartphone to find, reserve, take and end trips in car2go vehicles. TIME Magazine ranked the car2go app #5 on its "Top 10 Apps of 2017" list. Today, car2go's global operation is the largest, fastest-growing carsharing program in the world with more than 2.9 million registered members and a fleet of nearly 14,000 vehicles in 26 locations in North America, Europe and Asia. Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and car2go.com/NA/en/press/.