Ride-Hailing

Alto ride-hailing, delivery service app launches with salaried employees, SUV fleet

Alto cars are branded and easy to spot around town.

Photo courtesy of Alto

Under normal circumstances, ride-hailing is a daily part of life for folks shuttling to bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues in Fort Worth. But in these days of COVID-quarantine, the highlight of the day has become food delivery from a favorite restaurant.

Now a Dallas-based ride-share app is rolling into Fort Worth, Texas to do both. Alto will begin offering both ride-share and delivery in Fort Worth on Wednesday, April 15.

"Alto was founded with the mission of providing clean, safe, and consistent rides. Today, those same tenets are more important than ever before, not only for rides but also for deliveries," says CEO Will Coleman, who co-founded Alto in January 2019. "While our city, our state, and our country are under orders to stay at home, we know that Alto's ability to deliver everyday essentials in a clean and safe way is critical to keeping our local economy running."

That's why we've decided to accelerate our expansion plans and launch Alto's service in Fort Worth. Effective immediately, even more North Texans will have access to Alto's delivery service during this unprecedented time of need."

As a ride-share app (available for either iPhone or Android), Alto touts itself as a safer, more consistent approach to hailing a ride. Its fleet of new SUVs is driven by employees who receive salaries and benefits. Each car is branded with the Alto logo (so riders can be sure they're stepping into the right vehicle), and cloud-based cameras capture both interior and exterior videos of the ride.

While anyone can use the app, memberships make rides more economical for regular users. It costs $12.95 per month to access the service, which then unlocks fares that are 30-50 percent lower and per-ride pricing that never surges, the company says.

Concierge from Alto is a newer, personal-shopping service. Users set a pickup and drop-off location, provide a detailed shopping list, book a concierge, and then wait for the items to be delivered.

And The Market from Alto now lets users purchase a bundle of produce or other curated "Quarantine Essential Kits" presented on the website and app. Options include a fresh fruit bundle from local farmers ($27), a pack of Wagyu center-cut strip steaks from Rosewood Ranches ($79), a 24-pack of Topo Chico ($29), Wine-O-Clock Somewhere Bundle ($70), and more. They're working on adding some Fort Worth options to the mix, they say.

Alto can deliver takeout meals and meal kits (including alcohol) from local restaurants, too. For more information on services, hours, pricing, and more, visit their website.

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This story originally appeared on AutomotiveMap's sister site, CultureMap.

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The Lordstown Endurance all-electric pickup truck is moving closer to production.

Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

The Lordstown Endurance isn’t under production yet, but the company is already receiving orders for the all-electric pickup truck - 40,000 of them. The model is targeted at commercial fleet vehicle buyers like city governments and large corporate entities that require the capability of a full-size truck.

Each pre-order is a non-binding agreement to purchase the truck, the same as the reservations received by Ford for the Mustang Mach-E and Tesla for the Cybertruck. The purchases equal $2 billion in revenue for the company, which is based in Lordstown, Ohio.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The design of the interior of the Endurance is crisp and modern.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Lordstrown has kicked up the cadence of its news releases as the company moves closer to production. In June, the company debuted the truck and announced its $52,000 price point.

July marked the release of the first renderings of the interior of the Endurance and the debut of the first commercial starring the truck. Then, in August, Lordstown announced that they had entered into an agreement with DiamondPeak Holdings to become a publicly traded company.

Lordstown Motors is operating out of the former General Motors Lordstown Assembly site. The new company has its plant next to the battery facility that General Motors is developing to assist with the products coming to market in the future, like the Cadillac Lyriq.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The large screen combines most vital functions of the car’s command center into one place.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Now, the company as revealed its first pictures of the interior of the truck. Notably, the Endurance has its large screen spanning the width of the driver and center console, housing most all vital functional controls of the vehicle.

Reservations for the truck continue to be taken via the company’s website.

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is getting a makeover.

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

When Mitsubishi debuted the Eclipse Cross in 2017, the model was revealed to show no similarities to the Eclipse that had garnered generations of enthusiasts for the Japanese automaker. Now, the Eclipse Cross is due for a makeover.

Ahead of a redesign, Mitsubishi is teasing the Eclipse Cross with a new photo.

The photo appears to show the Eclipse Cross with an elongated nose, restyled chrome accents on the front fascia, slanted and slim LED daytime running lights, and a new wheel design. The backside and side panels look very similar to the 2020 Eclipse Cross.

Mitsubishi 2020 lineup Mitsubishi is committed to debuting five models in the next 12 months. Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

"The new design draws inspiration from the Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept emphasizing the strength and dynamics from our SUV heritage, while enhancing the cleanliness and elegance of a coupe-like SUV," said Seiji Watanabe, division general manager of Design, MMC. "The Eclipse Cross is the first step toward the next generation of Mitsubishi Design, and there is so much more to come."

The e-Evolution Concept is an all-electric high-performance SUV prototype that showcases technology and body styling that Mitsubishi plans to bring to market in the near future.

Mitsubishi is set to have the new Eclipse Cross arrive in showrooms in the first quarter of 2021.

Earlier this year, Mitsubishi released details of an aggressive roster of product rollouts it has planned for the next year. Every model in its U.S. lineup will be touched as part of the redesign and refresh efforts as Mitsubishi looks to gain more market share.

The company recently relocated its headquarters to Nashville, Tennessee and entered into the Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network mentoring program in conjunction with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

The new My Mitsubishi Connect mobile app will enable Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross drivers to view real-time service and maintenance needs, as reported by their vehicles.

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