New York, New York, the city that never sleeps; where everybody is somebody and nobody owns a car, right? Those who spend countless hours in this fine city’s traffic would likely disagree with the last part. However, vehicle ownership is not the necessity in the Big Apple that it is in mainland America. Extensive subway and bus systems, bike rentals, taxi cabs and ride-sharing services make commuting manageable without adding a car payment, insurance, registration and parking fees to an already astronomical cost of living. Still, the average New Yorker can be left yearning for a private set of wheels for shopping trips in the far reaches of the outer boroughs or to get out of dodge when the smell of warming refuse begins wafting through the summer air. Hence the recent surge in short-term vehicle rental services in the city. General Motors is the latest automaker to enter New York’s car-sharing fray with Maven, a service that makes the Detroit company’s latest models available for hourly and daily rentals. Officially marking its arrival in the U.S. by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, May 15, Maven launched with 80 vehicles available at pickup… Read full this story
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