Hyundai Welcomes Drivers Back to the Commute with All-New Kona Campaign During Football Kickoff Game

  • New Kona Marketing Campaign Highlights Return to Office with “Welcome Back to The Commute” – Ad Debuts During First Regular Season Football Game on Thursday, Sept. 7 on NBC and Peacock

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 7, 2023 – Hyundai is launching its new advertising campaign for the 2024 Kona and Kona EV[1]* during the football kickoff game on Thursday, Sept. 7 airing on NBC and Peacock.

2024 Hyundai Kona 60-second spot debuts on football kickoff game on NBC and Peacock

“When evaluating the debut of the all-new Kona and Kona EV advertising campaign, we couldn’t think of a better place than during the football kickoff game,” said Angela Zepeda, CMO, Hyundai Motor America. “Football on Sunday night is TV’s most watched prime-time show for 12 years running with an average of 19.9 million viewers in 2022. This year, we’re expanding our sports advertising to include football on Thursday on Amazon Prime, doubling the expected reach for our ads. There are so many places that people are watching sports today and we want to make sure we’re meeting them wherever they are.”

Kona National Marketing Campaign
More and more companies in the United States are mandating team members to come back to in-office work which means many drivers are returning to a regular commute – whether they like it or not. With the launch of a 60-second spot titled “Welcome Back to the Commute” Hyundai wants to welcome these consumers back on the road with the all-new Kona and Kona EV. The advertisement highlights the available class-leading safety and intuitive technology features in the vehicles that can help alleviate the stress of the commute, including easy-to-use navigation, BlueLink+[2], unlocking the car with your phone using Digital Key 2[3], and Remote Smart Parking Assist[4].

The Kona marketing campaign was developed in collaboration with Hyundai’s advertising agency of record, INNOCEAN USA, while its media agency, Canvas, coordinated the media buys.

“There’s no denying the pandemic changed the way we work, and yet here we are again, on the verge of even more change with many companies mandating return to the office policies,” said Jason Sperling, Chief Creative Officer, INNOCEAN. “For some of us a ‘commute’ spurs feelings of excitement, loss, anticipation, anxiety. As many head back to the office this year or are heading to the office for the first time, the Hyundai Kona is here for the journey, with all the connectivity and convenience features to elevate the driving experience.”

Following the launch of the ad, Hyundai will be showcasing the Kona and Kona EV with continued advertising during the 2023 football season and with other high-profile sports placements in baseball and soccer games this fall.

In support of this campaign, Hyundai will also post custom, social-led creative across all owned channels—this includes a video called “Thursday Night Commute” that debuts on Sept. 7 before the game and depicts one football fan’s journey to make it home before kickoff. Every touchpoint of this campaign falls in line with Hyundai’s innovative approach to deliver content designed to engage audiences through the creation of relatable in-feed moments.

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[1] 2024 KONA Electric will be available Fall 2023 in limited quantities and at select dealers in select states only. Contact your Hyundai dealer for availability details.

[2] Bluelink+ is available to purchasers and lessees of new 2024 Bluelink- equipped Hyundai models. Bluelink+ requires an active Bluelink account, subject to terms and conditions. Only use Bluelink features and corresponding devices when safe to do so. Cellular and GPS coverage is required. Fees apply for map and multimedia updates after an initial 3-year period of complimentary updates starting from the date of first use. Bluelink is dependent on 4G LTE cellular networks controlled and maintained by third-party wireless carriers. Features, specifications, and fees are subject to change.

[3] Standard on SEL Convenience, N Line, and Limited trims only. Near Field Communication digital smartphone key requires a compatible smartphone and an appropriately equipped 2023 IONIQ 6 vehicle. Not all smartphones are compatible. IONIQ 6 vehicle must be equipped with smart key with push button start, wireless device charging, and Audio Video Navigation System 5.0 (or newer) or Display Audio 2.0. Lock/unlock functionality works on front doors only. Features and specifications subject to change. See your Owner’s Manual for additional details and limitations.

[4] Standard on Limited trim only. Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) can remotely help park the vehicle. However, several factors can impact RSPA performance. RSPA may not function correctly if one or more of the parking sensors is damaged, dirty or covered or if weather conditions (heavy rain, snow or fog) interfere with sensor operation. Always inspect the parking area with your own eyes. See Owner’s Manual for further details and limitations.