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It shouldn't come as a major surprise that car sharing services like Zipcar are reporting increased membership rates and demand for short-term rental vehicles in these tough economic times. It's also to be expected that as more and more people rely on these services, new car purchases will be reduced somewhat.
Still, services like Zipcar need to keep a current fleet of vehicles for their members to use, and it's best to have the wheels that people want. In an interview with Erin Burnett from CNBC's Squawk Box, Zipcar Chairman and CEO Scott Griffith had some not-so-flattering things to say about General Motors and Chrysler. According to Griffith:
We have never bought a GM or Chrysler product. What we do is we survey our members, we ask them what kind of car do they want to drive. And when we hear back what they want to drive, if we don't have it, we consider it and look at it. We have never had a request for a GM product. That's unfortunate, but that's the way it is. Out of 300,000 users that we survey every six months, I have never had a request.Ouch. We don't necessarily think that's the "most damning" thing we've ever heard about General Motors or Chrysler – two automakers that recently filed for bankruptcy – but that's certainly not good news to either of these American automakers. Make the jump to watch the video.
[Source: The Business Insider]