Hyundai Launches 'Biggest, Most Important Campaign Ever' For Tucson

Hyundai Motor America is launching a star-studded campaign for the majorly updated 2022 Tucson.

“It is the biggest and it's the most important launch because the vehicle represents sort of this new way forward for the brand,” Angela Zepeda, CMO, Hyundai Motor America, tells Marketing Daily. “It's not the Hyundai that came here 35 years ago. It's bold, forward and it's eco-focused.”

A 60-second spot, “Question Everything,” stars Jason Bateman. The actor was last seen in “The Elevator,” the automaker’s well-received Super Bowl spot in 2019. 

It also features actress and director Mindy Kaling; actress Becky G.; basketball star Kawhi Leonard; chef and TV host, Giada De Laurentiis; and designer and television personality Nate Berkus.



The celebrities will engage their social media followers (100 million combined) on what they question most, which coincides with the theme of the campaign.

Hyundai believes that asking questions is at the heart of making things great, so the creative taps into this mindset for the Tucson, which is historically its best-selling model, Zepeda says.

“We questioned every detail and assumption when developing the all-new 2022 Tucson,” she says. “We used that as the creative hook in our campaign and had fun with our celebrity partners by asking some of life’s most thought-provoking questions.”

The integrated marketing campaign also includes social media and digital executions that shows how Hyundai designers asked all the right questions in making the changes that inspired the all-new 2022 Tucson.

The campaign was developed in collaboration with Hyundai’s agency of record, Innocean USA. Media agency of record Canvas, coordinated the media buys.

The 60-second spot was directed by Bryan Buckley, who has directed previous Hyundai ads, including the 2020 Super Bowl ad, “Smaht Pahk.” It breaks May 4 during the NBA game on TNT and during "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

It also will continue to air during the NBA Playoffs and PGA Championship, on various streaming services and in major broadcast network and cable programming. Also included are three additional 30-second feature-focused spots which debut May 1 and a behind-the-scenes longform video.

The campaign continues across multiple social media platforms with custom content and GIFs featuring the celebrities, along with a “Question Everything” TikTok challenge. There is also an integration with The Masked Singer on FOX. 

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  1. Peter Modaffari from Independent Contractor, May 3, 2021 at 5:59 p.m.

    “It's not the Hyundai that came here 35 years ago."

    Boy can say that again as both for the 1986 product and their ads (in my case dealing with the print side of things).

    Having worked on their imagry for print 35 years ago when I was an just an apprentice "electronic retoucher" (back in the very early day's of Scitex, Hell and Crosfield), I can recall Hyundia's agency of choice Backer Speilvogel (in Huntington Beach) and going over the retouching reviews for the launch for the brochures and Auto Show handouts for their vehicles Excel and Accent. The photography of vehicles that were either prototype or just the quality level back then as questionable at best. Door alignments way off, interior finishes flaws and plenty of other items that kept me very busy very lates hours trying to create a silk purse from a sow's ear.

     Oh my how Hyundai has come a very long way indeed.

    Their current product is just awesome as well as their ads. Good on Hyundai!

    Kudos to the Innocean folks. Very top-drawer talent. I salute.

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