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Lexus Defies All Logic with Mind-Bending Hybrid Campaign

08/07/2019
Advertising Agency
London, UK
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The&Partnership launches its second pan-European campaign of 2019 for Lexus Europe

Lexus Europe and The&Partnership have launched their second pan-European campaign of 2019, this time for the manufacturer’s range of Self-Charging Hybrid vehicles. Appearing across European territories, the creative informs viewers how the batteries of the electric motors of Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid vehicles charge as they drive. The range of vehicles hopes to appeal to increasingly environmentally-conscious city-dwellers who want an electrified vehicle without the hassle of plugging in.

Vincent Tabel, senior manager brand and comms, Lexus Europe, says: “When you say hybrid, many people still assume that means you need to plug-in the vehicle. With Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid technology that’s not the case. The ‘Hybrid that Defies Logic’ concept is a simple and engaging way to inform our audience of that. With Self-Charging Hybrid engines available across all of our sedan, SUV and coupé car ranges, Lexus has a wider range of hybrids than any other luxury manufacturer.”

The centrepiece of the ‘The Hybrid that Defies Logic’ campaign is a 40-second advert directed by Dan Marsh, of Man vs Machine through UK production house, Friend. Shot in Barcelona on an Alexa XT and Alexa Mini, we are presented with a series of illogical scenarios, that sees Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid vehicles glide through each bizarre sequence; a girl on a swing upside down, rain falling within an umbrella, people walking backwards. The car is exactly as it should be – it’s everything else that’s out of the ordinary. 

“If the Self-Charging Hybrid technology that’s used in a Lexus were available for a mobile phone, no one would believe it - the more you use it the more it charges? It's completely illogical. For this ad we created several illogical visual illusions - the twist being that the illusion for the hybrid battery is actually true.” said Dave Bedwood, creative director, The&Partnership.

Man vs Machine director Dan Marsh added: "We were really encouraged by the idea of building a new world for the Lexus brand — a world that is elegantly restrained, yet crafted. The scenes are all designed to be graphically legible, while embracing the subtle imperfections of the real world for a blend of the uncanny and the authentic not found in many car ads. And we always looked to achieve this while artfully integrating product — either as a feature of the scene or a confidently staged prop."

This new campaign follows on from the ‘Sunrise to Sunrise’ launch earlier this year, and, just like its predecessor, will also go live across premium AV, OOH and digital channels, delivering clever and innovative storytelling to a new audience of drivers ready to make the leap to hybrid without sacrificing any style.

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