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Toyota Adds TV to Aygo Mix

Press Release - Johannesburg, 12 November 2018

The new campaign for Toyota Aygo, from long-standing marketing partner FCB Joburg, adds television to the mix after historically relying on digital to communicate with the competitively priced car’s young and highly aspirational target market.

Briefed by Toyota SA to ensure that the Aygo is top-of-mind when it comes to making a first-time car choice, the agency was also asked to emphasize the look of the new Aygo models, including the Aygo X-Play and Aygo X-Cite, with its cool retractable canvas roof.

The insight guiding the agency’s response was that most first-time buyers want to enter the driving scene making a statement and being recognised. They believe that their car is a status symbol, and therefore should say something about their own personality. 

“Given today’s economy, the young first-time car buyer can seldom afford to enter the market at the top end. However, as a young professional in the urban workspace, he wants a car that is stylish, that gets him noticed. The Aygo is it,” said FCB Joburg Creative Director Tian van den Heever.

One of the challenges facing van den Heever and his team of copywriters Snooze and Steffan Schutte and art director Nicola Bower, was to ensure that the Toyota Aygo stood out from its competitors.

“Given the objectives put in front of us, we decided to change up the mix and include TV in the media plan,” explained van den Heever. “Our message, treatment and tone of the 360 campaign were selected to reinforce the fact that the Toyota Aygo makes its owner look stylish, cool and noticed.”

The campaign is called “Make an Entrance,” and for out-of-home and below-the-line elements, FCB Joburg used a highly illustrated look. 

The TVC focuses on the stylish new look of the car, especially its front. Briefly, a young, hip professional arrives at work on the work balcony/deck at the entrance to the parking garage in his new Aygo X-Cite. It’s usually packed with people drinking their morning coffee but, frustratingly, none of his colleagues are there. He drives off to hide behind a nearby corner. Once he sees a sufficient number of his coworkers arrive, he drives back to work as if he has just driven in. He looks super swagger because he and his Aygo just made an entrance.

View the ad here:

The campaign film was shot in Johannesburg by Morgan Dingle of Your Girdlfriend in Midrand, over the course of one day.  



Client: Toyota SA

Brand: Toyota Aygo

Vice President Marketing: Glenn Crompton

Senior Manager – Advertising & Digital Marketing: Tasneem Lorgat

Creative Agency: FCB Joburg

Executive Business Director: Reagen Kok                     

Account Director: Darren Morris            

Executive Creative Director: Brett Morris           

Creative Director: Tian Van Den Heever           

Copywriter: Snooze and Steffan Schutte                      

Art Director: Nicola Bower                                             

Strategic Planner: Stuart Sims              

TV Producer: Iolanthe Grobler              

Production House: Your Girlfriend

Director: Morgan Dingle

Post-Production: Blade, Produce Sound                      


Issued on behalf of FCB Joburg – 011 566600