In August, BMW Financial Services kicks off BMW On Demand USA – a service the company already provides in European cities – enabling people to rent a BMW by the hour, day or week from dealerships.
More to the point, it's part of a longer-term trend which sees urban dwellers not wanting to own cars at all. "As cities become more dense, the desire for car ownership goes down, but the desire to get out of town stays constant," says Robinson.
In time, the On Demand fleet will be expanded to include new 7 Series, X5 and X3 - even specialty cars like the M3 and M5. Mindful perhaps of the Hertz's experience renting Shelby Mustangs in the 1960s, Robinson said that specialty vehicles will probably require an extra layer of qualification.
"BMW On Demand USA goes beyond any existing premium-rental or car-sharing programs in this market," said Robinson. "This is a great opportunity for anyone who is considering buying a BMW or who wants the ultimate driving experience for that special occasion, weekend getaway, or business trip to experience the BMW family." ––Paul Duchene