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Each car fea­tures free Wi-Fi, GPS and satel­lite ra­dio, among other ameni­ties.

In Austin, daily rental rates gen­er­ally are be­tween $60 and $70.

Audi and Sil­ver­car said they plan to con­tinue to in­no­vate in the months and years ahead.

“The in­ter­sec­tion of trans­porta­tion and tech­nol­ogy, in­flu­enced by chang­ing de­mo­graph­ics and in­no­va­tive con­sumer mod­els has cre­ated an ex­cit­ing new world of mo­bil­ity,” Sil­ver­car CEO Luke Sch­nei­der said. “We are thrilled to be­come part of Audi, to en­hance its lead­er­ship in this space.”

Sil­ver­car isn’t the only com­pany team­ing up with a Ger­man au­tomaker to of­fer Aus­tinites high-end ve­hi­cles for rent.

Car2Go, which of­fers by-the-minute and daily rentals, part­nered with Mercedes-Benz in Jan­uary to of­fer cus­tomers ac­cess to Mercedes-Benz’s four-door CLA coupe and five-door GLA SUV.

Both Car2Go and Mercedes-Benz are sub­sidiaries of Ger­many’s Daim­ler AG.

Car2Go had been us­ing smaller Smart cars in Austin, but by year’s end they will, for the most part, be phased out in fa­vor of the two Mercedes-Benz mod­els, the com­pany said.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Austin-based Sil­ver­car has an air­port rental fleet con­sist­ing en­tirely of Audi A4 sedans.

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