Hyundai To Drive Genesis Into Super Bowl

Hyundai SuperBowl Ad Hyundai Motor America is continuing its charge upmarket by promoting its forthcoming Genesis Coupe big-ticket TV events next year. The company, which launched the sedan version of the Genesis during the 2008 Super Bowl (and started selling the car last summer) will return to the Bowl to introduce the 2010 coupe version of the car.

The Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Korean automaker will show off the Genesis Coupe with two spots to air on NBC during the network's coverage of Super Bowl XLIII, Feb. 1. The 30-second spots tout the car's power and performance, with one of the spots featuring the cello stylings of Yo-Yo Ma.

Hyundai first advertised during the Super Bowl in 1989 when it launched the Sonata sedan. While it certainly makes sense to tout a mass-market vehicle like Sonata during the Bowl, one might argue that promoting a near-luxury performance coupe during the game is a bit like employing a 50-mile long drift net to catch three pounds of Fugu.



But other brands--including luxury brands--have used the Super Bowl as a grand stage to introduce luxury and sports cars. General Motors introduced the CTS nameplate during the game, and Audi launched its R8 sports car during the 2008 Bowl game. The Herndon, Va.-based company will advertise again on Super Bowl XLIII.

But Joel Ewanick, Hyundai's VP/marketing, says the televised big-event tactic is both efficient and effective. "It gives you the opportunity to talk to Americans about new products; it's effective for building brand awareness and equity, and for the introduction of a new model," he says, adding that Genesis, as Hyundai's flagship, merits such exposure.

"These vehicles--both of them--become an opportunity to give consumers a look in at the window at what's happening with all Hyundai models; what's happening on Genesis is true of vehicles like Santa Fe, Tucson, etc. These two vehicles give a hint and example of huge changes that have happened."

The spots--via San Francisco-based Goodby, Silverstein and Partners--show the car being driven around the Road Atlanta course by racecar driver Rhys Millen, whose Rhys Millen Racing modified one of the 2010 Genesis Coupes for the 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.

The second spot uses the same footage, but with different music by a different artist. The media buy will be during the game's first half.

Ewanick says both versions of the advertisement will air again during special-events programming next year, including the Feb. 22 ABC broadcast of the Academy Awards on ABC and other NFL games. Hyundai will also host an online contest asking consumers to edit their own version of the spot. Details will be announced after the Super Bowl.

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