The Car Geek: 'Why Not?’ Says Toyota

The Car Geek

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

'Why Not?’ Says Toyota


Two words that are filled with possibilities.

They can turn a challenge into an opportunity.

An obstacle into an inspiration.

It's a question we ask ourselves at Toyota every day.

Because we're continuously looking for new ways to improve

What we do. By asking tough questions.

Can we make a car that has zero emissions?

Can we improve the economy of a community?

Can we enrich the lives of people around us?

Why not?

That’s the text of an ad campaign launched today by Toyota Motor Corp. The said campaign centers on the question – Why not? It includes print, online and TV ad.

The 3 new print ads will appear in more than 20 magazines, including Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Real Simple, and Architectural Digest, reported CNN News. Each ad focuses on one of the pillars of the campaign. They are the following:

  • Economic impact: focuses on Toyota's new plant in San Antonio, Texas, which directly employs 2,000 people and adds thousands of other new jobs to the area. The headline reads: "Can a pickup give 2,000 people a lift? Why not?"
  • Environmental commitment: discusses Toyota's aspirations for zero emission vehicles and zero waste in its plants. The headline reads: "Can you have an impact by making none at all? Why not?"
  • Social responsibility: features Toyota's Driving Expectations Program, which teaches valuable defensive driving skills to teens and their parents. The headline reads: "Can the most important safety feature in a car be a teen driver? Why not?"

The TV commercial, meanwhile, is directed by an Academy-award winning cinematographer Robert Richardson. He won Academy Awards for cinematography for "The Aviator" and "JFK," and Erich Joiner, who was involved in the iconic "Got Milk?" advertising campaign and won "Best Video of the Year" from MTV for Van Halen's "Right Now."

The theme of the commercial is inspired by the "Earth Art" movement, and features time-lapse photography of the creation of a Prius made from natural elements of the earth. The sculpture is built up and then eventually fades back into nature, leaving a bare field again.

"Since we began corporate advertising, we have focused on educating Americans about Toyota and our growing presence here," said Steve Sturm, group vice president of Toyota Motor North America. "But on our 50th anniversary in America, we have an opportunity to broaden our message and show how the core Toyota values drive everything that we do. People want to learn more about who we are as a company."

The 30 and 60-second TV spots include a voice-over which reads: Can a car company grow in harmony with the environment? Why not? At Toyota, we're not only working toward cars with zero emissions, we're also striving for zero waste in everything else we do. Because the best way to have an impact on the environment is to have as little impact as possible.

The campaign was created in collaboration with advertising agency Dentsu America, Inc. in New York. Commenting on the campaign, Tim Andree, chief executive officer, Dentsu America, said: "Between our prominent placement on NBC Nightly News and a coordinated print, TV and online presence, the media launch of this campaign will be bigger than anything we've ever done for Toyota's corporate advertising. Our strategy is reflective of how our target audience consumes media."

Toyota Canada could ride the hype of the company’s milestones. Let’s just see what will unfold in the coming months.