Toyota urges South Africa to give up driving

Toyota urges South Africa to give up driving

In a 30-second mini-film created in record time by its long-standing communications partner, FCB Joburg, Toyota South Africa is urging the country's drivers to give up driving during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Briefed to reinforce the fact that Toyota moves South Africa every day while urging the country's citizens to hang up their car keys and stay put, the agency responded with a montage of the current Toyota vehicle line-up followed by images of car keys being placed on tables and, suddenly, empty streets.

Briefed in on Tuesday night (March 24), the film was released on social media channels on Friday morning (March 27) and is now airing on national television channels. You can view the film here:

Toyota SA has diverted substantial media budget to public service announcement-style messages and FCB Joburg donated its conceptualisation and production time.

"I have to say that this is the one brief I never expected to receive from the Toyota marketing team," said Executive Creative Director, Tian van den Heever, "but it's one of the most important the agency has ever had to respond to."

"The team made clear that, while we needed to demonstrate the contribution Toyotas have made to keeping this country moving, it was vital we convinced South Africans to stay home for the good of all. At the same time, Toyota wanted to be upbeat and create sense of hope, which we did by ending with the belief that we'll all be back on the road again," van den Heever said.

Client: Toyota South Africa
Vice President, Marketing: Glenn Crompton,
General Manager, Marketing: Lettie Labuschagne,
Senior Manager, Advertising & Digital Marketing: Tasneem Lorgat,
Creative agency: FCB Joburg
Executive Creative Director: Tian van den Heever
TV Producer: Nakita Bolus
Account leadership: Alan Schreiber
Social: Lucy Holford-Walker
Multimedia designer: Lance van Rensburg
Researcher: Leigh Forrest
Above-the-line & Digital Media Team: Gwen Bezuidenhout, Langelihle Sithole, Kamo Modisane
Production House: Your Girlfriend
Editor: Morgan Dingle
Production house producer: Linda Bogle
Audio: Produce Sound
Sound Engineer: Louis Enslin

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