NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- car2go, the largest, fastest-growing carsharing company in the world, announced that its 51,000-plus New York area car2go members can now enjoy driving new, more advanced car2go vehicles.
Rolling out today in Brooklyn and Queens, the new vehicles are the latest generation smart that delivers a smoother, faster and improved experience with the latest car2go technology. The new car2go smart cars are still compact and easy to drive and park in almost impossibly small spaces, but pack a lot of advanced features including: heated seats, Bluetooth and a more powerful turbo-charged motor. car2go's New York fleet of 550 vehicles will continue to upgrade with the new car2gos through early next year.
"Our New York members love the versatility and flexibility car2go vehicles offer," said Thomas McNeil, General Manager of car2go New York. "The new car2gos we're putting out on the street today are still small, but mighty. The new car2go is fully upgraded, lets you start and end trips faster, and is still small enough to fit into parking spaces no other car fits in. We've got the best, easiest car to street-park in New York."
What's NEW about the new car2go?
Better. Faster. Smarter. Perfect adjectives for our new car2go:
- Unlocks in about five seconds, enabling members to quickly hop in and drive away.
- Bluetooth access allows drivers and passengers to rock out to their own music and make hands-free calls.
- Seat warmers ensure car2go members can warm themselves up quickly on chilly days.
- The new car2go is wider, providing drivers and passengers with a roomier interior and additional trunk storage space.
- A more powerful motor and a new six-speed twinamic dual-clutch transmission provide the smoothest, quickest car2go ride ever.
- An incredibly small turning radius means the new car2go can almost literally turn on a dime.
- Cutting-edge safety features in the new smart fortwo car2go include a rigid Tridion safety shell made of ultra-high strength steel, crosswind assist that automatically compensates for strong gusts of wind to keep drivers on-course, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability (known as ESP® in most cars), and airbags for drivers and passengers.
The new cars will appear in the car2go app as the "fortwo new," with a photo of the newly designed vehicle so that car2go members can easily find and drive the new cars. Prior generation vehicles will appear in the car2go app as "fortwo."
Reducing the burden of parking and vehicle ownership
Any New Yorker knows that street parking can be tougher than a subway rat lugging a slice of pizza, but car2go comes out ahead when it's time to find parking. The next-gen smart is just 106 inches long, making it fit into parking spaces that no other car fits in. Why deal with the expense and aggravation (alternate side of the street parking regulations, anyone?) of car ownership in the city when you don't have to? With parking spaces in Brooklyn now costing up to $230,000, New Yorkers can say "get the @!#* outta here" to those outrageous costs that can put a damper on personal vehicle ownership in the city.
Free registration + drive time for new car2go members
Residents interested in taking a spin in the new car2go can use the promo code NEXTGEN for free registration (regularly $35) and $5 of free drive credit through the end of the year. Members are encouraged to keep up to date on all the latest member events and promotions by following @car2goNewYork on Twitter and connecting with car2go on Facebook.
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 eco-friendly smart fortwo vehicles around the world. 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. Today, car2go's global operation is the largest, fastest-growing carsharing program in the world with more than 2,000,000 registered members and a fleet of over 14,100 vehicles in 29 locations across the globe.
The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including TripAdvisor's 2015 "Travelers' Choice" award, "Best Carshare" from the Vancouver Courier, "2015 Best CarSharing Service" from Best of D.C., "2014 Best CarSharing App" from Best of D.C., 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. Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and car2go.com/NA/en/press/.
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