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There are subscription options through Care by Volvo

There are subscription options through Care by Volvo

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It also expects half of its vehicles to be available via subscription

It also expects half of its vehicles to be available via subscription by then.

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Pilot begins in June in partnership with dealers in both markets

Here comes Mercedes-Benz jumping into the monthly subscription-service craze, launching its pilot program in Nashville and Philadelphia. It'll be called the Mercedes-Benz Collection.

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Rumors have been circulating that Spotify is working on some sort of hardware, possibly an in-car controller or a standalone player. As The Verge reports, a number of Reddit users have claimed to have received offers for the device, with plan price points ranging from $12.99 to $14.99 per month, but when they clicked the offer that appeared in the Spotify app, they were directed to an error page. Some have also reported that their offers noted that the device had 4G built in.

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Two price tiers and unlimited vehicle swapping

BMW has officially launched its new vehicle subscription service, becoming the latest automaker to embrace the more flexible alternative to traditional leasing. It's called Access by BMW, and it'll offer a selection of vehicles in two tiers via a new mobile app or dedicated website.

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The latest automaker to give monthly flat fees a try

It's called the "subscription economy," and BMW is about to join it. Bloomberg reports that the luxury automaker will launch its Access by BMW subscription service April 2 at a dealership in Nashville, Tennessee. BMW's U.S. boss said the brand was looking at launching such an initiative sometime this year, but wouldn't divulge details on precise timing or location.

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It'll offer 2017 Lincolns in San Francisco and West Los Angeles

Lincoln's foray into the world of monthly subscriptions will follow the mold of Ford's Canvas program and launch a pilot service offering a range of pre-owned 2017 Lincoln vehicles in West Los Angeles and the San Francisco area.

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Flat-fee program planned for the U.S. sometime this year

Mercedes-Benz will soon jump into the U.S. car subscription pool. Carmakers like Audi, Cadillac and Porsche, as well as tech companies like Clutch Technologies and Flexdrive, have already begun trialing multi-vehicle subscription services here. The Mercedes offering, called Flexperience in Europe and entirely controlled though the Mercedes Me app, should shortly begin trials in Germany with the help of the two largest dealer groups there. Mercedes doesn't know when or where the U.S. version of F

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The first year is free, then it's $80 a year.

It's actually cheaper over the course of a three- or four-year lease than BMW's current $300 charge.

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Running the numbers and intangibles on Care by Volvo.

Running the numbers and intangibles on Care by Volvo.

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That covers insurance, maintenance and service for 24 months.

Flat monthly fees for the 2019 XC40 start at $600.

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Offers start in California some time in early 2017.

Want details? You can't have them, yet.

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Johnny-come-lately can try Tesla's autonomous features for free.

For Tesla owners who passed on Autopilot the first time around, they can test it for a month to see if they want it permanently for $3,000.

What we're hearing from the masses is that of those who participated in our totally unscientific poll, the vast majority either hate Car and Driver's new redesign or couldn't even tell the book had been redesigned anyway. Sounds like Mission Accomplished, if you ask us. There are a few peeps that do like the new design, about 12%, but considering that Car and Driver paid "big bucks" for this, we imagine they were hoping like 88% of people would love it, instead.