Taxis

Uber launches car leasing unit, makes entry into financial services

11:56 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Uber Technologies has launched its own auto leasing subsidiary to seek more drivers, injecting the fast-growing ride services company directly into the financial services sector for the first time....
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BEST PRACTICES

Uber lifts Toyota dealership's marketing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota of Plano offers its best deals to Uber drivers, who make up about 6 percent of the store's new-car buyers and serve as evangelists for the Dallas-area dealership....
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Nissan's NYC taxi fleet plan upheld in state appeals court

4:41 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

New York City's $1 billion plan for a new line of yellow cabs made by Nissan was upheld by the state's highest court today. The court rejected a challenge from fleet operators to the “Taxi of Tomorrow” plan....
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Mini's car-sharing plan will help owners rent their cars

June 24, 2015 17:03 CET

Mini has joined the rush to solve the problem of customers abandoning car ownership in favor of car sharing, launching a scheme that offers buyers the chance to offset the purchase price by renting out their vehicles....
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London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers....
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Ford GT maker will build new London black cab

June 5, 2015 06:01 CET

Canada's Multimatic, which specializes in building niche cars such as the Ford GT and Aston Martin One-77, will start production in the UK next year of the Metrocab plug-in hybrid taxi to meet growing demand for low-emission cabs....
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Regulated France is fertile ground for car-sharing

May 30, 2015 06:15 CET

Drivy, a French firm that helps car owners rent out their vehicles, has bought a German rival in the latest sign that France is becoming a hub for the booming vehicle-sharing sector, with help rather than hindrance from the country's notorious red tape....
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Ford plots dual course as driverless future nears

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Selling cars and trucks won't be enough to keep Ford rolling for a second century, so the company is operating on parallel paths to prepare for self-driving cars and shared vehicles, according to Executive Chairman Bill Ford....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Uber, credit-challenged drivers walk the subprime tightrope

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Uber offers its credit-challenged drivers a finance program to help them buy their vehicles. But the program can put some drivers in trouble, according to a Marketplace.org report. Some auto industry experts fear that too many subprime loans could help trigger another financial crisis....
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Icahn invests $100 million in Lyft as Uber rivalry grows

11:51 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

Lyft raised an additional $150 million, led by an investment of $100 million from Carl Icahn's investment company, raising the stakes in the car-hailing service's rivalry with Uber Technologies....
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Uber joins German automakers in seeking to buy Nokia's mapping service

May 8, 2015 10:29 CET

Uber Technologies has submitted a bid for HERE, Nokia's maps business, for as much as $3 billion, a report said. The offer is competing with a bid by a group of German automakers, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes, which are teaming up with Chinese Internet search engine giant Baidu on a deal....
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JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Uber might trump the cost of car ownership, but not leasing…yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

Most dealers probably don’t lose sleep with worry that Uber, the popular app-based service that pairs private drivers with riders, will usurp car ownership anytime soon despite Uber’s ambitions to make it so....
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Nissan is looking for more fleet business

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Honda's complaint that bigger fleet sales are driving Nissan's sales growth is erroneous, says Nissan Chairman Munoz. But while Nissan has cut back on rental-fleet sales, Munoz wants to sell more Nissans into lucrative commercial fleets....
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Dutch regulators raid Uber over court ruling compliance

March 27, 2015 11:41 CET

A Dutch regulatory agency raided the Amsterdam offices of ride-sharing service Uber in connection with its UberPOP unit after a court deemed it illegal in December....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Silicon Valley debate on self-driving cars may focus on the need for a map

3:49 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

The Silicon Valley race to build a self-driving car may revolve around one simple question: to map or not to map. The company at the forefront of the race, Google, is creating intricate maps that detail everything along the road. Newer entrants such as Apple could take a shortcut....
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Google developing Uber rival, report says

6:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Uber faces an ever-growing cast of adversaries. But the most significant threat to the app-based transportation company may be much closer to home: one of its biggest investors. Google is preparing to offer its own ride-hailing service, most likely in conjunction with its long-in-development driverless car project....
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EDITORIAL

You try doing business with New York City

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Government deals and local politics make for an unsteady foundation for a long-term business....
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YELLOW TAXI BLUES

How a billion-dollar deal is frustrating Nissan in New York

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

In 2011, New York City awarded Nissan the exclusive contract to supply all of the taxis sold there for 10 years. So far, the contract has given Nissan little to celebrate....
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N.Y. taxi owners to fight Nissan's 'Taxi of Tomorrow' in court of appeals

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014

New York taxi fleet operators won permission to challenge the city's $1 billion plan for the "Taxi of Tomorrow," a new fleet of cabs from Nissan, before the state's top court....
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Lyft to buy Hitch app's developer as carpooling competition grows

7:38 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014

Lyft, which makes a mobile application for ride-sharing, is acquiring Corral Labs to expand its carpooling business as competition with Uber Technologies Inc. mounts....
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Automakers warm to the era of ride-sharing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

The rise of car-owning alternatives such as rental service Zipcar, and ride-summoning services including Uber and Lyft, is prompting automakers to embrace the idea that their mission is more about moving people than selling cars. Far from challenging the trend, they're rushing to capitalize on it....
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