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By-The-Minute Carsharing Now Reaches Into Queens

Car2Go is growing from Brooklyn into several areas in the borough of Queens to expand the car-sharing service's reach in the Big Apple. It's also adding 100 more Smart Fortwos to the fleet to cope with the additional users.

The simple, amazing, but not quite perfect Daimler Car2go car-sharing program is headed to France with the assistance of Europcar.

Daimler's Car2go is expanding into Canada and Vancouver, British Columbia has been selected as the first city north of the border to launch the innovative car-sharing service. Additionally, Car2go Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of Daimler North America, will set up shop in Vancouver.

Things to get at the grocery store: raisins, maple syrup, bagels, rental car.

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.

When Daimler launched its first North American Car2go pilot project in partnership with the city of Austin,TX back in November 2009, it probably anticipated that the program's growth rate would be quite rapid. But this big, this fast? With 15,000-plus members already registered, the sheer size has convinced Daimler it should expand the operation.

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

A few weeks ago, we saw Paris announce its Autolib car sharing program, and now Hamburg, Germany is going to get a similar program. Daimler and Europcar has announced a joint venture, Car2go Hamburg GmbH – an expansion of Daimler's Car2go services in Ulm, Germany and Austin, TX – will launch in the spring of 2011. The fleet will initially consist of 300 Smart Fortwo Car2go edition models outfitted with carsharing telematics and a solar roof and will be expanded based on demand.

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.

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

car2go, Daimler's car sharing program that has been operating in Ulm, Germany, has announced that it has added the State of Texas to its pilot program. Under the pilot program, state employees will have access to the car sharing network as well as special reserved parking spaces at the Capitol Complex.

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

During the blur of the Detroit Auto Show this week, we checked in with fresh Smart USA president Jill Lajdziak to see what the boss has to say about her new job, sales of the fortwo in the U.S. and what's up with the all-electric Smart Ed. Lajdziak only recently joined up with Penske Automotive and Smart after spending time as general manager at Saturn. She was named to the top post just last week.

Steers and Smarts - Click above for a high-res image gallery

The car2go smart fortwo sharing program, started in October, is apparently a success. Daimler kicked off the program near its Ulm, Germany headquarters with just 50 cars that can be rented by the minute (19 cents), or the hour, by people who need a car (a small one) but don't want to pay a membership fee for a service like ZipCar. Currently limited to Daimler employees and their family members during this beta test, Daimler is now working on expanding car2go to other cities in Germany or across

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