AutoNation launches car subscription service in partnership with Fair

AutoNation, the largest US automotive retailer, has announced a partnership with car subscription specialist Fair. Fair, co-founded by auto finance industry veteran Georg Bauer, offers a month-to-month subscription model that lets consumers shop and sign for a car directly through the Fair app on their smartphone. With Fair, AutoNation dealerships gain a new sales channel that matches car shoppers with the inventory that best fits their needs.

AutoNation launches car subscription service in partnership with Fair

Nov 19, 2018

AutoNation, the largest US automotive retailer, has announced a partnership with car subscription specialist Fair. Fair, co-founded by auto finance industry veteran Georg Bauer, offers a month-to-month subscription model that lets consumers shop and sign for a car directly through the Fair app on their smartphone. With Fair, AutoNation dealerships gain a new sales channel that matches car shoppers with the inventory that best fits their needs.

Ford buys scooter mobility start-up

Ford Smart Mobility, the automaker’s mobility subsidiary, has acquired Spin, a San Francisco-based dockless electric scooter-sharing company, as part of moves to increase its presence in the urban mobility market. Spin is a leading micro-mobility service provider targeting first and last-mile transport needs through operations in 13 cities and campuses across the US. Euwyn Poon set up the company in 2016 after first encountering the ‘stationless’ mobility model during a stay in Beijing, where dockless bike hire schemes were available. The company launched its first stationless mobility system in the US in March 2017, and then worked with the city of Seattle to write the first policy framework for regulating stationless mobility.

Ford buys scooter mobility start-up

Nov 19, 2018

Ford Smart Mobility, the automaker’s mobility subsidiary, has acquired Spin, a San Francisco-based dockless electric scooter-sharing company, as part of moves to increase its presence in the urban mobility market. Spin is a leading micro-mobility service provider targeting first and last-mile transport needs through operations in 13 cities and campuses across the US. Euwyn Poon set up the company in 2016 after first encountering the ‘stationless’ mobility model during a stay in Beijing, where dockless bike hire schemes were available. The company launched its first stationless mobility system in the US in March 2017, and then worked with the city of Seattle to write the first policy framework for regulating stationless mobility.

Daimler and Bosch to trial autonomous ride-hailing

Daimler and Bosch have announced plans to begin trialling an on-demand ride-hailing service using autonomous vehicles. The service will be launched for a selected user community in the Californian city of San José, starting in the second half of 2019. The pilot will use automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles in the San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor between downtown and west San José.

Daimler and Bosch to trial autonomous ride-hailing

Nov 19, 2018

Daimler and Bosch have announced plans to begin trialling an on-demand ride-hailing service using autonomous vehicles. The service will be launched for a selected user community in the Californian city of San José, starting in the second half of 2019. The pilot will use automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles in the San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor between downtown and west San José.

Americas

US dealers see benefits in mobility services

Nov 19, 2018

Auto dealers and consumers in the US share similar views on the future of mobility, with both expecting significant future reductions in personal vehicle ownership, according to research from Cox Automotive. A survey of 430 franchised and independent automotive dealers in the US found dealers are predicting an even sharper decline in ownership than consumers over the next five years (28% versus 18%). However, while most of the dealers surveyed recognize this eventual reality, only one-in-10 dealers see mobility as a threat to their current business, according to the second phase of the 2018 Cox Automotive Evolution of Mobility Study: A Dealer’s Perspective.

Asia Pacific

Renault reveals new Arkana at Moscow Motor Show

Aug 29, 2018

Renault has hosted the world premiere of its new Arkana global crossover model at the Moscow Motor Show. The C-segment SUV will go on sale in Russia in 2019 and will then be rolled out to key markets globally, focusing on Asia. There are currently no plans to bring it to Europe.