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Uber to Fire Low-Rated Customers in Some Countries

Uber to Fire Low-Rated Customers in Some Countries

Ride-hailing service Uber said it plans to block low-rated customers in Australia and New Zealand from using the service.
Riders who are rated four (out of five) stars or lower will be banned from using the service for six months. Passengers receive a rating from their Uber driver after each journey.
The …

Toyota to Recall Over 1 Million Prius and C-HR Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota to Recall Over 1 Million Prius and C-HR Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota announced the recall of over one million hybrid-powered vehicles.
The recall includes over 192,000 Prii (“Prii” is the plural form of Prius) in the United States and over half a million cars sold in Japan. The world-wide recall covers the Prius plug-in hybrid and the hybrid C-HR built in Japan …

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant to Debut in 2019 Models

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant to Debut in 2019 Models

BMW announced plans to introduce the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant with the 2019 model year.
The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant will be an on-call platform accessible by a wake phrase, “Hey BMW,” similar to saying “Hey Siri,” “Hey Google,” or “Alexa” on the Apple, Android, and Amazon platforms. It will engage …

YourDrive Texas Introduces Toyota New Vehicle Subscription Service

YourDrive Texas Introduces Toyota New Vehicle Subscription Service

Purdy Mobility Subscriptions announced YourDrive Texas, a new-vehicle subscription program for the Dallas area.
A monthly fee gives subscribers access to a variety of Toyota vehicles with three vehicle exchanges permitted per month. The subscription fee includes maintenance, tax, insurance, and cleaning.
The service has three tiers. The Trendsetting Tier includes basic …

Hertz to Bring Its Brands to Taiwan

Hertz to Bring Its Brands to Taiwan

Hertz announced a partnership with Taiwanese car rental company Chailease Auto Rental that will bring its brands to the island formerly known as Formosa.
“Our new partnership will bring convenient, high quality rental solutions to Hertz, Dollar, and Thrifty customers travelling to Taiwan,” said Eoin MacNeill, Hertz’ vice president for the …

Toyota to Invest $500 Million in Autonomous Vehicle Pact

Toyota to Invest $500 Million in Autonomous Vehicle Pact

Toyota announced plans to invest $500 million in Uber and to partner with the ride-hailing company in a joint effort in autonomous vehicles.
Uber, which lost $659 million in its last quarter, would be valued at $72 billion in the deal, a significant increase over its most recent stated value of …

Sixt Opens Rental Car Office in San Francisco’s Union Square

Sixt Opens Rental Car Office in San Francisco’s Union Square

Sixt Rent-a-Car announced the opening of its new location in San Francisco’s Union Square. The opening is the company’s seventh in 2018.
The Bay Area “is a gathering place of some of today’s brightest thinkers, and with frequent travel to and from the city, expanding our presence is a great way …

Toyota Widens Support for Apple CarPlay

Toyota Widens Support for Apple CarPlay

Toyota announced it will add Apple CarPlay support to multiple vehicles for 2019.
The Japanese automaker first announced plans to support CarPlay in January starting with the mid-size Avalon model.  It quickly added the Toyota Corolla to the list and now says it will include CarPlay on all 2019 Sienna models …

Dollar and Thrifty Lower Minimum Age for Car Rentals

Dollar and Thrifty Lower Minimum Age for Car Rentals

Hertz announced that two of its units, Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, were lowering the minimum age for customers to rent a car to 20 in the United States and Canada.
“Lowering the minimum age requirement at our Dollar and Thrifty locations will give more customers the opportunity …

Hertz Turns 100, Offers Special Edition Corvette Z06 to Celebrate

Hertz Turns 100, Offers Special Edition Corvette Z06 to Celebrate

Hertz, which turns 100 this year, announced it will celebrate the milestone by offering the Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06.
Originally known as Rent-a-Car, Inc., the company was founded by Walter Jacobs in Chicago in 1918. It began operations with one dozen Ford Model Ts. In 1923, it was purchased …

BMW Adds Lower-Cost ‘Icon’ Tier to Access New-Car Subscription Service

BMW Adds Lower-Cost ‘Icon’ Tier to Access New-Car Subscription Service

BMW announced that it will add a new tier to its Access by BMW new-car subscription service.
The new tier, Icon, includes the BMW 330i, the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid, the BMW i3 electric vehicle, the BMW X2, and the BMW M240i cabrio. The cost per month is $1,099.
Access by BMW is …

Mazda to Offer Apple CarPlay Starting in September

Mazda to Offer Apple CarPlay Starting in September

Mazda announced plans to offer Apple CarPlay along with Android Auto in Mazda6 sedans.
The feature will be available in all Mazda6 models except the base Sport version.
Starting in September, the option will be installed by dealerships prior to delivery. In November, new Mazda6 vehicles will arrive at the dealership with Apple …