Monday, 27 March 2017 14:10

You may not need to buy a new Holden or Ford ever again — both brands are planning to set up car sharing schemes in Australia.

It means motorists will eventually be able to pay a fixed monthly fee for access to a range of cars — but never own them outright.

The schemes are similar to a recent trial in New York where customers could pay $1500 a month to swap between almost any model in the Cadillac range up to 18 times every 12 months.

Those in the program could choose a sleek sedan one week and a large SUV the next.

Former Aussie favourites Holden and Ford are now outside the Top Three selling car brands — overtaken by Toyota, Mazda and Hyundai — and looking for new ways to reclaim lost ground.

Their parent companies in the US are pursuing car sharing schemes because they believe some of the world’s biggest cities could be become too crowded to own and store personal vehicles by the mid 2020s.

At this year’s Detroit motor show, the great grandson of Henry Ford, Bill Ford, said: “Within 20 years an estimated three quarters of the world’s population will live in just 30 cities”.

“This is an issue that goes far beyond congestion, it’s one that represents a massive challenge to mankind, one that affects our wellbeing, access to health care, clean drinking water, food, a safe place to live and even the ability to find work,” Mr Ford said.

Holden has already begun trialling the General Motors-owned ‘Maven’ car sharing scheme locally, starting with a program for employees based at its head office in Port Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Ford Australia’s toe-in-the-water car sharing exercise is a partnership with start-up ‘Carhood’, a service that allows Ford owners to “rent out” their car instead of parking it at the airport.

In turn, Ford owners get priority with ‘Carhood’ when needing a vehicle at their destination airport.

Carhood lets people parking at the airport rent their vehicles out to other approved travelling members.

Source:, 26 March 2017

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