YourDrive Texas Introduces Toyota New Vehicle Subscription Service

by Paul Riegler
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

by Anna Breuer
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

by Anna Breuer
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

by Anna Breuer
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 …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lexus RX 350

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Lexus RX 350

Introduced some 20 years ago, the Lexus RX 350 is now in its fourth iteration. RX stands for Radiant Crossover and the RX was a pioneer in the luxury crossover segment. The updated RX (unveiled in 2015 at the New York International Auto Show) builds on this foundation, sporting a …

Toyota Widens Support for Apple CarPlay

by Paul Riegler
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

by Anna Breuer
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 …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

The Infiniti Q50, which made its debut in 2013 as a replacement for the Infiniti G sedan, became much sportier two years ago with the introduction of the Q50 Red Sport.
The Q50 Red Sport is equipped with a powerful engine, quick-shifting transmission, sporty styling, performance brakes, model-specific Red Sport 400 …

Hertz Turns 100, Offers Special Edition Corvette Z06 to Celebrate

by Paul Riegler
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

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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

by Paul Riegler
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 …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Corolla XSE

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Toyota Corolla XSE

Introduced over 50 years ago in 1966, the Toyota Corolla became the world’s best selling car by 1974 and has remained a best seller since then, hitting a milestone of world’s best selling nameplate in 1997.
The 2018 Toyota Corolla received a sportier look as well as new safety features in …