China Rideshare Didi Plans to Expand Into Carsharing

  • Emma Sandler
  • December 13, 2017
Didi Chuxing, China’s ridesharing behemoth, plans to expand into other mobility services including car-sharing, Cheng Wei, the founder and chief executive, said at China’s annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen last week. The Beijing-based company intends to enter the car-share market with an initial investment of at least $151 million, Wei said, adding that users will be able to […]

Renault-Nissan Captive Relaunches Mobility Platform Karhoo

  • Emma Sandler
  • December 13, 2017
After RCI Bank and Services purchased a majority share in the startup Karhoo in January, the bank is restarting the mobility aggregator’s operations. RCI Bank and Services is a French bank that provides automotive financing and services for the Renault-Nissan Alliance brands. As a ground-transit mobility aggregator, Karhoo will have over 150,000 vehicles available worldwide on its platform by […]

Porsche Targets Fintech, Mobility Startups for New Accelerator

  • Emma Sandler
  • December 7, 2017
Porsche Digital, in partnership with Axel Springer Digital Ventures, will launch an accelerator in spring 2018 to support business ideas that have a high-market potential, which include fintech and mobility, Auto Finance News has learned. Porsche Digital is a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche AG and serves as its digital mobility center. The unnamed accelerator, […]

Lincoln to Pilot Monthly Subscription Service

  • Emma Sandler
  • November 30, 2017
Lincoln Motor Co., under the ownership of Ford Motor Co., plans to pilot a monthly subscription service next year, adding to the ever-growing list of luxury subscription car options. The service will begin in California, enabling clients to select a month-to-month vehicle subscription that includes insurance, maintenance, roadside assistance, and vehicle pickup and delivery. “Building […]

Partnerships ‘More Productive’ Than Equity Investments, Getaround CFO Says

  • Natalie Mattila
  • November 30, 2017
LAS VEGAS — While equity investments are beneficial for startups, “arms-length” transactions or strategic partnerships that rely on factors other than equity return are often “more productive,” Getaround’s Chief Financial Officer Adam Kosmicki said at the 2017 Auto Finance Summit. “The expected value of [that equity investment] can often be a lot lower than investing internally […]
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