Holden’s dedicated rideshare offering has had a successful first year

Ben Gribbin 12 April 2018 NEWS

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The debut year was a profitable one, with 1,000 freelance members and counting.

Holden’s car-sharing service, Maven Gig, is now one year old. According to the company, there are currently 1,000 Maven cars on the road and its 1,000 members have made one million passenger trips.

Maven Gig targets freelancers who carry out gig-economy jobs and need a vehicle. The average member may work for a ridesharing company, food deliverer or a parcel courier.

Maven Australia: Cars for the gig economy

Matt Rattray-Wood, General Manager of Maven Australia, said the company helps freelancers earn money on their terms.

Freelance work and side hustles are becoming the norm as the public embrace new ways to work, and it’s incredibly exciting that as a car company we have the opportunity to be able to expand into this space. Maven Gig allows members to earn money and enjoy all the benefits of car ownership, all on their own terms.”

On the service’s future, Rattray-Wood said the team would explore using apps to reach out to more potential members.

“This first year has shown us that there is a strong appetite for our service in Australia, as we look to the future we are diving deeper into the sharing side of the business, exploring apps and what other opportunities there are to provide new mobility solutions for businesses and individuals.”

How does Maven Gig work?

Members pay a flat, all-inclusive weekly fee, starting at $215 for the Holden Barina compact hatch.

For their money, drivers get a new or nearly new vehicle, with 24/7 roadside assistance, comprehensive insurance, scheduled services and no kilometre restrictions. It’s possible to rent a car for 28 days and there are no cancellation fees.

The service also offers members flexibility. They can change their vehicle as needed, though the larger cars in the program such as the Holden Captiva carry a heftier price tag.

Drivers must be at least 21 years of age, a registered rideshare contractor and have logged less than 3 at-fault insurance claims over the last 5 years. Members can also use the vehicles for personal use as well as add additional drivers.

Drivers must pay a refundable $300 bond upfront.

Where is Maven Gig available?

Currently, Maven Gig cars are available in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Maven Gig will roll out to more cities soon.

Which Holden cars can I lease?

Members can choose from several models in Holden’s range.

Holden Barina

The compact Barina, with a plucky 1.6L engine, phone connectivity and a five-star ANCAP safety rating, starts at $215 per week.

Holden Trax

Holden’s compact SUV is available for $235 per week. The Trax received favourable car reviews for its high level of equipment on all trim grades.

Holden Astra

The European designed and engineered Holden Astra is available as a hatch or sedan. Members can opt for the top of the line LTZ spec, which comes with all the trimmings. There’s also an R model hatch on offer. Hatch models start at $235 per week. Sedans start from $260 per week.

Holden Captiva

Finally, drivers needing more room and seating can pay upwards of $300 per week for the Captiva SUV. The Captiva is a seven seater, and you can choose from either a petrol or a diesel engine.

Read our full Maven Gig review for a list of benefits, charges and tips.

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