Ad Nut
Nov 9, 2023

Uber promotes a 'multi-car' delusion in Australia

Because Earth needs more carbon emissions, right?

A new campaign from Uber Carshare via agency partner Special aims to drive home just how easily Australians can live the multi-car dream without owning multiple cars but by renting a 'second car' instead. 

In the short film, a confident woman introduces us to her first car—and her numerous second cars thanks to Uber Carshare. We follow her through a range of scenarios, from moving furniture with an SUV to ordering at the drive-through and doing family airport runs—even introducing her second husband in her second car at her second wedding. 

The words "second car" are mentioned literally every second of this 30-second film, which is a tad over the top. The message is loud and clear, but it's not one that Ad Nut supports. Ad Nut is not convinced that in this critical period of climate crisis, anyone should be promoting the idea of driving more than one car, let alone a multi-car dream.

You have no idea how much rage woodland creatures feel when they witness the scant regard for the planet humans have, accelerating global burning with fuel-guzzling planes, buses, SUVs... and yet here is Uber Carshare thinking that NOW is a good time to promote second cars. 

Ad Nut nearly choked on its cashews at the sheer gall of this campaign to be promoting the ease of living a “multi-car dream” at a time when scientists have warned of an impending period of global burning. Uber Carshare has gone backward into time and logic. Ad Nut fears if humans keep heading in this direction, encouraging yet more pollution and carbon emissions, they'll soon be as good as driving off a cliff.


Client: Uber
Director of marketing, APAC: Andy Morley
Head of marketing, ANZ: David Griffiths
Chief growth officer, Uber Carshare: Mathieu Maire
Mobility marketing, ANZ: Marine Blanchetier
Head of marketing, Carshare: Kacy Ratta
Marketing campaign lead: Sarah Louie
Creative director, APAC: Adam Ledbury
Media lead, APAC: Louisa Chu

Creative agency: Special
Partners/CEO: Lindsey Evans & Cade Heyde
Partners/CCO: Julian Schreiber & Tom Martin
Uber APAC creative directors: James Sexton & Sarah Parris
Creatives: Jack Wall & Phillip Harkness
Managing director: Lauren Portelli
Team leads: Laura Little & Rebecca Grant
Business director: Ed Nash
Business manager: Genevieve Bowes
Head of strategy: Celia Garforth
Senior strategist: Phoebe Fielding
Head of film production: Sevda Cemo
Senior producer: Alyce Guy
Head of stills: Nick Lilley
Stills producer: Emily Willis
Digital producer: Stacey Szabo
Head of design: Adam Shear
Designer: Maria Ancines
Finished art: John Rivera
Creative services manager: Kristie Dagg

Production: Mofa
Director: Yianni Warnock
Executive producer: Llew Griffiths
Producer: Linzee Rose
DOP:  Campbell Brown

Post production: The Editors
Post producer: Adrian Konarski
Offline editor: Mark Burnett
Grade: Ben Eagleton
Online: Stu Cadzow 

Audio post: Rumble
Sound designer: Tone Ashton

Retoucher: Nick Mueller

Media agency: EssenceMediacom
Client & planning lead: Nathaniel Thompson 
Group strategy director: Marine Turner 
Marketplace director: Patrick Fakiye
Digital director: Matt Leah 

Social agency: Hello Social

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