Nissan launches a subscription service starting at $699 a month


The latest automaker to experiment with alternate ownership models

Car subscriptions: they’re totally a thing! The latest automaker to test the waters on subscriptions is Nissan, which just launched a new, two-tier service in Houston, Texas. It’s called “Nissan Switch,” and it will feature a variety of models, including the all-electric Nissan Leaf Plus, the Titan pickup, and the GT-R sports car.

Nissan Switch has two tiers: the $699-a-month “Select” plan, which includes the Altima, Rogue, Pathfinder, and Frontier; and the $899-a-month “Premium” plan, which includes the Leaf Plus, Maxima, Murano, Armada, Titan, and 370Z coupe. The GT-R sports car is available to either Select or Premium customers, but includes an additional $100-a-day fee and can only be taken out for a maximum of seven days.

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Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic is a flexible electric van from the future


Its battery-electric platform can be used for a wide variety of purposes.

The advent of battery-electric “skateboards,” powertrain platforms that can accommodate a bunch of different bodies on top, means that vehicles can become even more versatile than they already are. Mercedes-Benz has applied this thinking to its vans to create the wild Vision Urbanetic concept.

Mercedes-Benz today unveiled the Vision Urbanetic, a battery-electric, autonomous van that Mercedes believes will contribute to a whole new segment of mobility that’s efficient, comfortable and sustainable — and, of course, capacious, being a part-time van and all.

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Mercedes-Benz Digital Light LED headlights display messages on the road

With more than one million micromirrors per headlight, Mercedes-Benz Digital Light HD headlights do much more than just illuminate the highway.

Drivers can project messages on the road in front of a car equipped with the new headlights. The lights can also project navigation guides and road conditions or traffic warning symbols.

Digital Light onboard computers control the HD headlights, which are available in limited quantity for Mercedes-Maybach S-Class sedans. The car shown in the images and video that accompany this article is the Mercedes-Maybach S 560 4Matic, which has a $168,600 U.S. starting list price.

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Mercedes-Benz is integrating Google Glass into its cars

Mercedes is testing Google Glass-based navigation systems.

Mercedes-Benz just went public with its initial plans for Google Glass integration, and the results are fascinating. Using Glass’s built-in GPS capabilities, Mercedes is testing a functional door-to-door direction system that guides users to their destinations even after they park the car.



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Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero



Formula Zero Mercedes-Benz

This is how Mercedes-Benz sees the future of racing. Formula Zero racing combines elements from land yachting, the luge, and Formula One of course, but it also incorporates environmental responsibility. Each team has a certain amount of energy to complete the race, and points are awarded based on elapsed time and energy efficiency.

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