Friday, July 15, 2005

"Damn big niche!" - Did I say that?

From the recent article about carsharing in Europe which appeared first in the International Herald Tribune (July 4, 2005) and was reprinted in a shorter version in the NY Times (July 7, 2005):

"But the debate continues over whether car sharing is a boutique industry that works well in slightly offbeat places, like Amsterdam, or whether it can become an essential part of urban transportation, like buses and taxis. "I think it's going to be another 10 years before it's going to have a really big impact generally," said Dave Brook, an independent car consultant in the United States. "But we can say now that it's definitely a viable niche, and it's going to be a damn big niche as well."

"But the industry is still trying to define itself - not yet mature even in Europe and "still in its adolescence" in the United States, Mr. Brook said."

The full International Herald Tribune article, available without subscription is at the LINK below.