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AUCKLAND, Today: Toyota NZ has unveiled its new brand platform for the 2021 Hilux through a multi-channel campaign that “celebrates the bond between friends, between driver and their Hilux, and between Toyota and New Zealand”.

Created by Saatchi & Saatchi NZ, the content was shot on location in Queenstown and directed by Sweetshop’s Damien Shatford, with stills by Ross Brown.

The campaign comprises of 20 individual pieces of film and includes TV, Social, Digital, Press, Outdoor and a number of site-specific contextual iterations. The media approach was led by Starcom NZ. 

Toyota NZ marketing GM Andrew Davis said: “This is the most technologically advanced truck introduced in New Zealand and by far the best Hilux model we have ever launched.

“Hilux has always had a strong connection with Kiwis, so it’s great to be able to celebrate that bond through this new campaign and showcase all the different models and drivers that are part of the Hilux New Zealand story.” 

“I certainly consider myself privileged to have joined Saatchi & Saatchi just in time to work with the team on a special Kiwi brand.”

Saatchi CCO Steve Cochran said: “Hilux has long been a part of Kiwi culture and this campaign plays to that.

“I certainly consider myself privileged to have joined Saatchi & Saatchi just in time to work with the team on such a special Kiwi brand on such a significant campaign for my first project. It’s been as fun to make, as we reckon it is to watch.”

The music that underpins the campaign was a bespoke collaboration between local New Zealand music legends Troy Kingi and Tami Neilson, revisiting the classic Ghost Riders in the Sky.

“This marks a continuing connection between Kingi and Hilux, having acted in the previous two Hilux campaigns.”

The production includes seven videos – the 90sec hero tvc (above), plus 3 x 10secs and 3 x 6secs short films.

  • View it here (at press time, Toyota had yet to load the videos – they can be viewed, but not downloaded).


Client: Toyota
Creative Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi
Media Agency: Starcom
Production company: Sweetshop
Director: Damien Shatford
Executive Producer: Ben Dailey
Executive Producer: Kate Roydhouse
Producer: Tony Whyman
DOP: Ben Seresin
Post / VFX: Stu Bedford
Audio: Franklin Road (Shane Taipari)
Music: Ghost Riders in the Sky, Performed by Troy Kingi & Tami Neilson
Photography: Ross Brown (Match)
Retouching: Jason King (SixtyFour)

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