The Daimler Group's car sharing unit, car2go, will open its 31st international location in Brussels in October 2016. What Daimler claims is "the world's largest free-floating car-sharer" starts business with 300 vehicles in an area covering around 50 square km in the city of Brussels.

It wil supply almost exclusively Smart Fortwo vehicles in Brussels. The 250 Smarts will be supplemented by 50 Mercedes-Benz A Class.

After Madrid (November 2015) and Chongqing, China (April 2016), Brussels will be the third international location opened in less than a year.

"We are consequently implementing the car2go growth strategy and underlining our world-wide market leadership in free-floating car-sharing", said CEO Roland Keppler. "The increasing usage clearly shows a growing demand for spontaneous mobility around the globe."

Around 1.9m customers are registered making use every 1.5 seconds of one of the 14,000 vehicles in the global fleet.

The company expects the new service in Brussels will "lead to a medium-term improvement to the strained inner city traffic situation".

It claims the free-floating car-sharing concept has "proven over the last few years to be a real alternative to owning a vehicle and a valuable complement to local public transport in 15 other European metropolitan areas".