Day: March 2, 2020

Lyft buys Halo Cars for digital car-top advertising

Lyft has bought U.S.-based startup Halo Cars, which allows drivers to make money through digital advertisements displayed on top of their vehicles.

The deal, first reported by Axios, was confirmed by the ride-hailing company on Friday. Lyft did not comment on the financing of the deal.

Halo Cars was founded in 2018 and has operations in U.S. markets such as New York and Chicago.

Lyft and larger rival Uber, both based in San Francisco, are pursuing different roads in search of profitability, with Uber pouring money into side businesses which have so far lost money and Lyft focusing solely on moving people around.

With operations only in the United States and some Canadian cities, Lyft said earlier this month its active rider customer base in the fourth quarter grew to 22.9 million from 22.3 million the previous quarter.


Our drivers’ notes for the 2020 Hyundai Venue subcompact crossover

The 2020 Venue is Hyundai’s foray into a new type of subcompact: an entry-level crossover. Hyundai launched the new Venue late in 2019, dipping even farther down the size spectrum to deliver something smaller than even the subcompact Kona

The Venue is exclusively front-wheel drive, though you can option the entry-level model with a manual transmission. Power comes from a 1.6L 4-pot putting out 121 ponies and 113 pound-feet of torque. This doesn’t make the Venue especially quick, but it’s enough to get the job done under most circumstances.

Our test model was an SEL with both the Premium and Convenience packages, pushing the total price up to $23,270. That price point opens up several other options, both tiny and not, so we were eager to see how the Venue performed in the real world. 

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Acura increases CPO non-powertrain warranty to 2 years or 100,000 miles

On the same day Acura dropped a scintillating teaser for its upcoming Type S Concept, it also quietly announced some less exciting (unless you’re in the market for a used Acura) news: It’s improving the warranty that comes with its certified preowned (CPO) vehicles. Non-powertrain coverage is doubling from one year to two years, while powertrain coverage remains the same at seven years.

Starting this year, Acura’s Certified Preowned Vehicle Limited Warranty, which begins after the New Vehicle Limited Warranty, will be two years or 100,000 miles for non-powertrain coverage, a significant improvement from the previous guidelines of one year or 12,000 miles. Powertrain coverage is seven years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

In addition to the better warranty, Acura will offer new CPO customers a complimentary dealership maintenance service, which includes a check or