BlaBlaCar expands to the Americas, launching in Mexico via the acquisition of Rides

Blablacar-MexicoLong-distance ridesharing platform BlaBlaCar has launched in Mexico, the first market in the Americas for the Paris-based startup, through the acquisition of major local player Rides.

Mexico’s addition to BlaBlaCar markets grows the community to over 20 million members. The company says the European leader of ridesharing will help the Mexicans cope better with the increasing fuel costs in the country. Mexicans have been suffering from a 72% increase in the cost of fuel since 2010 and the railways system between 14 cities lacks the interest of the people, according to the BlaBlaCar press release.

Based on the need for affordable transportation, Rides has established a strong community of drivers and passengers in the country. Alberto Padilla, Cristina Palacios and Ignacio Cordero of Riders will join BlaBlaCar in its 12th international office.

Nicolas Brusson, co-founder and COO of BlaBlaCar, said: “Our acqui-hire strategy is designed to give teams like theirs the autonomy they need to build on past successes, harnessing deep local knowledge and entrepreneurial ambition to drive BlaBlaCar’s continued international growth.”

Today’s launch follows BlaBlaCar’s acquisition of Carpooling and Autohop last week, and sees the company active in 19 countries: Benelux, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

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