(May 2006) City CarShare Retires Last Green Beetle

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City CarShare Retires Last Green Beetle
San Francisco (May 31, 2006) - Tomorrow City CarShare will retire the last of its fleet of beloved and iconic green Beetles as part of the celebrations for its Fifth Birthday. Since City CarShare was founded in 2001, its green Beetles have been ubiquitous throughout the Bay Area and have become a symbol of City CarShare, a non-profit car-sharing company based in San Francisco. 

"For five years, City CarShare's green Beetle's served our thousands of members well," said Rick Hutchinson, City CarShare's CEO. "Today it's time to say a fond farewell to the Beetle and welcome a new generation of vehicles to our fleet. The cars, trucks, hybrids and convertibles that make up City CarShare's fleet today are more reliable and get significantly better gas mileage." 

City CarShare launched it's first Beetle in the spring of 2001. By 2003, City CarShare operated nearly 60 green Beetles, virtually its entire fleet at the time. Today, the last City CarShare green Beetle operates in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood. The Beetle will be replaced by a MINI coupe (the first in City CarShare's fleet). A Toyota Prius previously replaced the second-to-last green Beetle. 

City CarShare will officially say goodbye to the Beetle at its Fifth Birthday Party on June 1. See attached release for details. 

City CarShare today has over 70 Bay Area locations. New cars and locations are being added monthly as part of City CarShare's ongoing program of providing Bay Area residents with convenient neighborhood locations where they can choose from different vehicle types, including hybrids, trucks and wagons. City CarShare has more than 5,000 Bay Area residents who rely on their low-cost access to cars as an alternative to car ownership. 

Last-minute or advance reservations can be made online or by phone for any length of time from half-an-hour to half-a-day or more. Members can immediately access their vehicle at their neighborhood location without further paperwork or delay.
About City CarShare
Launched in 2001, City CarShare is the largest nonprofit car-sharing organization in the U.S., serving over 5,000 active members with over 130 vehicles in more than 70 locations throughout the Bay Area for $4/hour and 44c/mile. Prices include gas, insurance, parking, cleaning, and maintenance. Last-minute or advance reservations can be made online or by phone for any length of time from half-an-hour to half-a-day or more. Members can immediately access their vehicle at their neighborhood location without further paperwork or delay. 

A cheaper, greener way to drive, City CarShare offers a choice of compacts, pickup trucks, hybrids, and MINIs to its individual and business members. For more information or to become a member, visit citycarshare.org or call (415) 995-8588.