Hyundai : Feel the Feeling - Hairdryer

Brand Taps R/GA and Old Spice Director Tom Kuntz for an Absurdist Touch

Published On
Nov 01, 2017

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Hyundai is promoting its new performance car range, "N," with a funny and totally bizarre campaign directed by MJZ's Tom Kuntz, best known for standout comedy for brands like "Old Spice" and DirecTV.

The campaign, by R/GA London, features the first product in the line-up, the i30N, with the tagline "Feel the Feeling" and spoofs luxury product advertising, with bare-chested models with ripped torsos using "N" branded products.

One uses a hairdryer on his face with bizarre effects, another sprays himself in the face with a cologne called "Eau de Burnt Rubber" and a third, perhaps the most surreal, puts on headphones in the bath and turns into a horse. (The launch film, seen here, features all three scenarios). The black-and-white ads were shot by cinematographer Darius Khondji, who worked on films such as "Midnight in Paris" and "Okja."

The spots will be running on Hyundai digital and social channels. All aim to evoke the feeling of driving the car and, according to the agency, the approach is designed to feel "ironic premium" -- a "tongue (stuck firmly)-in-cheek poke at automotive and luxury brands taking themselves too seriously."

"Our aim with this campaign is to stand out of the crowd, to shake-up the staid formula of car advertising, and most importantly to have some fun with viewers," says James Temple, executive VP, chief creative officer EMEA at R/GA. "We want people to rethink their views of Hyundai as a practical, compromise choice, to a brand which shows people through the power of 'N' that they make cars that are fun to drive and which aren't like anything else out there,"

"It is our mission for more people to enjoy the mischievous grin you get when driving an i30N, and these films are just the start," adds Minsoo Kim, head of marketing division, Hyundai Motor Company. "Performance car advertising has been the same for decades and has become out of touch with what people really want .... This is N, and it's here to disrupt the category, to subvert cliches, have some fun and share a joke with performance car drivers who enjoy the feeling of driving a powerful car."


Nov 01, 2017
Agency :
Brand :
Client :
Director :
Tom Kuntz
Production Company :
Team Leader, Brand Communication Team :
Steve Seongbong Lim
Manager of Brand Communication Team :
Cheol Jung
Manager of Brand Communication Team :
Jake Jaesun Lee
Assistant Manager of Brand Communication Team :
Cera YounKyung Noh
Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer :
James Temple
Executive Strategy Director :
Simon Wassef
Executive Creative Director :
Rodrigo Sobral
Group Creative Director :
Mark Fairbanks
Creative Director :
Edwin Latchford
Senior Art Director :
Dan Northcote-Smith
Senior Copywriter :
Nick Moss
Group Account Director :
Charlie Smith
Executive Producer :
Taraneh Khosrowshahi
Executive Producer :
Alison Cummins
Senior Producer :
Jessica Zogaib
Editor :
Matt Deeming
Associate Design Director :
Matias Alvarez
Production Assistant :
Mary Lynch
Production :
Director :
Tom Kuntz
Director, Photography :
Darius Khondji
Senior Producer :
Lara Baldwin
Production Manager :
Fiona Martin
Models Provided :
Asylum Models
Music Composer :
John Kirby
Editor :
The Whitehouse Post
Senior Editor :
Russell Icke
Editor :
Iain Whitewright
Grading :
Company 3
Colorist :
Stefan Sonnenfeld
Post Production and Visual Effects :
The Moving Picture Company
Producer :
Lisa Vaughan
Sound Effects :
Paul Wilmot
Sound Effects :
Simon Holden
Sound Studio :
750 MPH
Editor :
Sam Ashwell

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