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Automakers Are Making Car Ownership Optional

People seeking a set of wheels traditionally had two options: buy or lease. But the advent of ride hailing turned the next generation of drivers into backseat riders. Now app-based subscriptions—think car sharing that’s paid by the month, not the hour—are vying for consumers who fall between Uber addicts and car owners. Car sharing is projected to grow globally from 5.8 million users in 2015 to 35 million by 2021, according to Boston Consulting Group. “If we’re right, nobody’s going to borrow money to buy a car again,” says Scott…

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Genius modifies his car to play Toto’s ‘Africa’ instead of those annoying door chimes

If you were forced to hear something every time you opened your car door, you could do worse than Toto’s “Africa” — a pleasant tune that would surely leave you in a good mood for your ride.   Self-described Volvo enthusiast Chris Ng wanted to customize the door chimes on his old Volvo 240. Now, every time he opens his car door and his keys are still in the ignition, an 8-bit version of Toto’s “Africa” plays instead of those annoying bells. On his Kickstarter page, Ng notes that it…

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Do You Possess A Gentle Enough Touch To Buckle Me Into My Car?

I need to be buckled into my car, but it has to be done by someone who possesses the Proper Touch—a Touch that can only be described as “gentle enough.” So, would your Touch cause me to squeal with agony? Or with delight? Take this quiz to find out! Our state-of-the-art quizzes require JavaScript. 1. Which of the following best describes your hands? Traditional Soft with oaky finish Two screaming rim-rattlers Only somewhat toothy One time, my Touch ran itself along a foggy window, spelling out “Tenderness and also Civility”…

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Porsche launches on-demand subscription for its sports cars and SUVs

Want to drive a Porsche, without actually owning one? Porsche’s new Passport subscription program could be just what you’re looking for. The on-demand short-term rental program allows anyone in Atlanta to subscribe for $2,000 per month, which will provide access to eight models of Porsche including the 718 Boxster, Cayenne and Cayman S at launch. Those who want a bit more can sign up for the Accelerate program, which is $3,000 per month, but which provides access to a total of 22 Porsche models and variants, including the 911 Carrera…

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