car2go has announced that it is modernizing its Portland fleet to be fully comprised of compact Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles. car2go's decision to retire its two-seater smart fortwo vehicles was based on usage data and member feedback, according to the company.
The service expects to complete its transformation by the end of this month.
"Our new, compact Mercedes-Benz car2go vehicles represent the future of carsharing," said Ken Hills, car2go’s Portland general manager. "Our members requested more room for passengers and an improved driving experience — without sacrificing ease-of-parking. When given the choice, our Portland members have been choosing Mercedes-Benz the vast majority of the time since we first introduced them here earlier this year. Our compact Mercedes-Benz vehicles also feature the latest car2go technology, enabling a fast and intuitive app-based carsharing experience."
The Mercedes-Benz vehicles seat up to five passengers and are equipped with blind spot sensors, adaptive braking, and a rearview camera.
Currently, car2go has 26 locations in North America, Europe, and Asia.