Say 'Ola' to winter sun this weekend


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Locals and visitors looking for an extra fix of the Coast's famous winter sunshine this weekend, need look no further than our own streets and highways.

As Ola launches on the Sunshine Coast, bringing to the region more competition in rideshare and a better deal to both riders and drivers, Australia's fastest growing rideshare service is also adding a slick Ford Mustang convertible to the platform this weekend, offering sunny soft-top rides exclusively for riders on the Coast at no extra charge.

Ola recently celebrated one year of operations in Queensland, first launching in Brisbane and the Gold Coast just over 12 months ago. Both drivers and passengers in the state have flocked to the platform over that time, attracted by better commissions offered to drivers, that help them earn more, and better value rides for passengers. In the past year, Queenslanders have saved over five million dollars in fares and travelled more than 7.5 million kilometers across the South East. 

New customers on the Sunshine Coast who sign-up to Ola get 50% off rides for their first two weeks, capped at a maximum of $8 discount per ride. And anyone travelling to the region's airport hub at Maroochydore can get 20% off rides, up to a maximum discount of $50 per airport trip.

Simon Smith, Managing Director of Ola Australia and New Zealand, who was in the region for the launch this week said: "After a successful year in Queensland and increasing demand from customers across the state, we've chosen the Sunshine Coast as Ola's first regional launch in Australia. This means that Ola is now available across South East Queensland from Noosa, all the way down to the border at Tweed Heads, bringing better competition to rideshare users along the length of the most populous parts of the state.

"We're also excited to celebrate the launch by helping give riders a little more of what the Coast is most famous for - its sunshine - with soft-top rides in a cool Ford Mustang convertible, to surprise and delight our new customers here on the Sunshine Coast this opening weekend."

The rideshare app also offers a better deal to its 10,000 drivers in Queensland, who take home more from every trip with a low 15% commission rate, close to half of that charged by the closest rideshare competitor. A recent survey of Ola drivers found that 70% would recommend driving on the Ola platform to a friend and the company is looking to recruit more local drivers, offering new drivers on the Sunshine Coast $100 when they use the sign-up code SC100.

For a chance to get picked up in a convertible Ford Mustang this weekend, just book an Ola ride on the app between 10am and 10pm on Saturday or Sunday, and you could be riding with the top down and the sun on your shoulders. Riders on the Sunshine Coast will be picked-up in a Ford Mustang convertible at random and the ride is delivered at no extra cost. Convertible rides take a maximum of three passengers.

In addition to its increasing reach in Queensland, Ola also operates in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra, as well as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch across the ditch. Ola enables smart transportation through its rider and driver apps to hundreds of millions of users via its network of over 1.5 million drivers, hosted across 250+ cities in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and India.

Riders can download the Ola app from Google Play and the App Store, register for an Ola account and begin booking rides.

To learn more about driving with Ola on the Sunshine Coast, visit:

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