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Daimler's open-ended Car2go car-sharing program has its deepest U.S. roots in the city of Austin, TX. That's where the first North American Car2go program was established and where a two-year pilot program just concluded. The trial's end doesn't mean the free-range Smart cars will go away, though. Instead, Daimler and Austin's city government have agreed to continue offering cars there with a deal that includes introducing all-electric vehicles to Austin (like Car2go does in San Diego) and updat

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As the photo above from this year's Detroit Auto Show clearly shows, Smart USA is about more than the ForTwo these days. This is probably a good thing, because 2010 wasn't all that great a year for the brand, saleswise. Smart USA president Jill Lajdziak and Kim McGill, Smart USA's vice president of marketing and advertising sat down with AutoblogGreen to talk about where the company is today and what's on tap for tomorrow.

Car2go Smart Fortwo – Click above for high-res image gallery

Daimler launched its Car2go program in its first North American city, Austin,TX back in May. Now, slightly more than four months later, the Car2go program has registered more than 10,000 eager carsharing members who have racked up more than 80,000 rentals in the downtown Austin area. Daimler chalks up the program's success to the numerous benefits that Car2go users experience, like on-demand rentals and one-way trip usage.

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