Uber Carshare's next iteration of 'Australia's Second Car' via Poem

20 March 2024

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Inspiring Australians to get out and explore without the limitations of their first car.

Uber Carshare has released the second iteration of its 'Australia’s Second Car' platform across earned media and social, partnering with race car driver, Valtteri Bottas.

Uber Carshare and Valtteri have designed and fully customised a classic Ute to create the perfect second car, with everything an Aussie could need for an epic road trip. 

The new phase of the campaign aims to inspire Australians to get out and explore Australia without the limitations of their first car.

The Ute has been fully revamped inside and out with a fresh coat of Uber Carshare matching teal paint, mullet aeration technology, a meat pie warmer, an esky to keep drinks cold, a bike rack, fishing rod holder, freshwater shower, hills hoist, thong holder and even in-built sunscreen and bug repellent dispensers - everything one would need for a road trip across Australia. 

Poem founder Rob Lowe said Uber Carshare is a relatively new and disruptive product to the traditional rental car category.

"The challenge has been to create an idea that’s simple, human and culturally relevant. Together, I believe we’ve been able to create something really special that explains what Uber Carshare is whilst carving it a place within Aussie culture," he said.

Uber APAC director of marketing Andy Morley said Australians love to get away during their Easter holidays but their everyday car may not fit the bill.

"This campaign is another major step in our journey to drive awareness of Uber Carshare. Our agency village of Poem, Hello Social and EssenceMediaCom have come together to deliver something truly impactful," he said.

“Across our Uber masterbrand we are hyper-focused on creating ads and working with talents and celebrities that Aussies can resonate with culturally. When we were first presented with the opportunity to work with Valtteri, we could see the alignments between him and our brand straight away.  Valtteri has a clear love for this country, a passion for exploring new landscapes (like a true Aussie) and we couldn't think of anyone better to provide the ultimate road trip-worthy ‘Second Car’ for Aussies to enjoy.”

As well as Valtteri’s iconic Ute, there are other cars on the Uber Carshare platform which have been given the “VB road-trip worthy seal of approval”.

These cars will be stocked with a VB road trip kit, including a car air freshener, beach towel, drinks cooler, sunnies, and more, for the first person to book them. 

Supporting the launch content is a targeted influencer campaign developed by Hello Social including Lachy McIntyre, Ella Watkins and Shepmates. Social content will be supported by media spend via EssenceMediaCom.



Client: Uber

Director of Marketing, APAC: Andy Morley

Chief Growth Officer, Uber Carshare: Mathieu Maire

Head of Brand Marketing, Uber Carshare: Tom Walter

Marketing Manager, ANZ: Ashley Martin

Creative Director, APAC: Adam Ledbury

Strategy Lead, APAC: Josh Pickstone

Communications Manager: Bonnie Ko 

Senior Social Media Associate ANZ: Chanelle Murray 

Legal Counsel, ANZ: Jessica Shao


Creative & Lead agency: Poem

Founder: Rob Lowe 

Creative: Jessica Cluff

Managing Partner: Katie Raleigh

Business Director: Rhania Farah

Senior Account Director: Erica Llorico



Director: Josh Logue

Executive Producer (Poem): Hattie Morgan 

Content Manager (Poem): Bianca Martinolli

Producer: Matthew Barber 

DOP:  Simon OzolinsFirst Assistant Camera: Sian Bates

Car Production: Sydney Scenery

Stills Photographer (Sydney): Reece McMillan

Stills Photographer (Adelaide): Matt Cherubino  



Offline Editor: Josh Logue 

Grade: Martin Greer

Online: Adrian Eppel

VFX: Damian Dunne


Audio post: 

Sound Designer: Kate Stenhouse (Electric Sheep Music)


Publicity/Social: Poem

Social Lead: Georgia Crean

Senior Account Manager: Robbie Purcell

Senior Account Executive: Stephanie Leung

Account Coordinator: Lauren Duncan


Media agency: EssenceMediacom

Client & planning lead: Nathaniel Thompson 

Group strategy director: Marine Turner 

Marketplace director: Patrick Fakiye

Digital director: Matt Leahy 


Influencer: Hello Social

Managing Director: Sam Kelly

Director of Client Experience: Madeline Marovino

Group Account Director: Nicola Hanlon

Senior Account Manager: Charlotte Shackley

Senior Account Manager: Carla Wong

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