5 Subscription Services Ushering New Ownership Models

  • Emma Sandler
  • August 1, 2017
Traditionally, there have been two ways of owning a vehicle: buying one or leasing one. But now you can subscribe to one. Riding on the subscription craze that has engulfed e-commerce for some time (think beauty and lifestyle subscriptions boxes, razor blade subscriptions, and entertainment streaming services), the automotive world is starting to catch up. […]

Bentley Trials Free On-Demand Carshare Service

  • Emma Sandler
  • June 2, 2017
Another luxury vehicle brand has entered into the mobility space, and this time it’s Bentley. The car brand, under the Volkswagen AG umbrella, has created an app-based service called Bentley on Demand that allows existing Bentley owners to summon a Bentley of their choice and use the vehicle free of charge for up to five days. The car […]

Maven to Be ‘Building Block’ for GM Autonomous Carshare

  • Natalie Mattila
  • March 30, 2017
The launch of a monthly subscription carshare service earlier this month at General Motors Co.’s Maven unit is just one “building block” of a GM self-driving car network, Mobility Buzz has learned. General Motors launched its carsharing service, Maven, last year, which allows customers to rent a GM vehicle using a mobile phone in exchange for […]

Ford to Follow Cadillac’s Lead With Subscription Carshare Program, Cox CEO Says

  • William Hoffman
  • March 13, 2017
LAS VEGAS — Ford Motor Co. may be working on a car subscription service similar to the one General Motors rolled out for Cadillac earlier this year, according to Sandy Schwartz, president of Cox Automotive, speaking at the Conference of Automotive Remarketing last week. A Ford spokesman declined to comment and a spokeswoman with Ford Motor […]

Breaking Tradition: How Mobility is Forcing Captives to Rethink Insurance

  • William Hoffman
  • March 9, 2017
There is a horror story floated by captives and whispered by worst-case scenario conspiracy theorists in which rideshare drivers lease vehicles, get into a car wreck, and their insurance doesn’t cover commercial activity, leaving the captive stuck with both the damages and a delinquent borrower. These claims aren’t totally unsubstantiated. Services such as Uber and […]
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