Toyota Auris Japanese Transgender car ad

 

This ad is getting a lot of discussion going outside of its exclusive airing in Japan.

The ad features 19-year-old Stav Strashko, who identifies as transgender. The tagline for the campaign is, “not in trend, not casual, not for everyone, not authority, but Auris”

One lesson in advertising (particularly car ads) is make the product / car the star.

This ad is both awkward for its use of a niche personality to sell a mass market product and also fails on presenting anything about the product – I don’t buy the ‘hybrid’ body / car analogy.

It gets attention, but for all the wrong reasons and does little to sell the product. Not relevant, interesting or motivating for the category or target and gratuitous in its use of talent.

 

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