Santa Monica, Calif., Oct. 12, 2011 - Honda is launching their redesigned Pilot SUV with a multimedia campaign. RPA, Honda's long-standing agency of record, developed the campaign, which features as its centerpiece a 30-second spot to differentiate the Pilot by bringing attention to the vehicle's smart and stylish utility.
"Road Trip" stars eight family and friends in the roomy Pilot, zooming down a stretch of desert highway. When one of the boys in the third row hits the note of "Crazy Train," the other passengers follow one by one, adding drum beats and sound effects until they're jamming with the full force of the tune. The spot will air during prime network programming such as "Dancing With the Stars," "Big Bang Theory," "The Biggest Loser" and the BCS National Championship.
"The campaign is built to generate awareness of this major vehicle redesign and to continue to differentiate this new, upscale Pilot from the competition," said Tom Peyton, senior manager, national advertising, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "The advertising demonstrates the Pilot as a capable vehicle with legitimate seating for eight and a newly refined exterior."
"We knew the cast was going to be as integral to the spot as what they were singing. It was important to find actors, especially the kids, with a true love for the song," said RPA CD/Art Nathan Crow who teamed with CD/Copy Adam Lowrey for this campaign.
Aside from running on TV, the spot will appear on Honda's website and on YouTube and in-theater during November, taking advantage of the high-traffic Thanksgiving weekend. The Pilot campaign featured a YouTube home-page takeover in early October. Other online activations include rich media banners and home-page takeovers on CNN.com. Print media, which can be seen in "National Geographic," "Sports Illustrated," "Shape" and other titles, features a striking roasted-plum background and describes everyday adventures that are made better with the refined Pilot.