Jason Bateman takes us on evolutionary trip in new Hyundai IONIQ 5 spot

(Courtesy Hyundai)

The electric vehicle has come a long way, and Hyundai is comparing its evolution to that of other human innovations in the new national marketing campaign for the all-electric IONIQ 5. The campaign’s theme, “Your journey at its most evolved,” comes to life in two new commercials starring Jason Bateman.

The 60-second hero spot, developed in collaboration with Hyundai’s AOR, INNOCEAN USA is titled, “History of Evolution.” Here, we find Bateman in different historical eras explaining how initial inventions got better over time. The ad showcases how the IONIQ 5 represents the advancement of the electric vehicle comparing it to the evolution of human language, navigation, phones, and televisions. Watch below:

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“IONIQ 5 is the ultimate proof point of Hyundai’s evolving journey to deliver innovative, zero-emission electric vehicles,” said Angela Zepeda, CMO, Hyundai Motor America. “IONIQ 5’s breakthrough design, advanced technology and more than 300 miles of range represent a significant leap in what it means to drive an electric vehicle. We used humor in this attention-grabbing campaign to compare the IONIQ 5 to other advancements humans have made.”

The second spot, “Campsite,” is a 30-second ad that highlights IONIQ 5’s vehicle-to-load function that can power equipment to make camping much more comfortable.

“History of Evolution” and “Campsite” will run on high-profile national programming, such as black-ish, The Bachelor, and NBA and NCAA games through May.

Created by Innocean, the new spots were directed by well-known commercial director Jim Jenkins, who previously directed Hyundai Big Game spots, including “Elevator” in 2019 that also starred Jason Bateman.

The campaign will extend across multiple social media platforms, including YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Platform-optimized content will highlight key IONIQ 5 features communicating the hidden gems of owning a Hyundai electric vehicle, titled “Digital Key,” “Chariot,” “Small Car” and “Talk-to-Text.”

“History of Evolution” will first air this Sunday during both of professional football’s conference championship games. There are also 15- and 30-second versions for broadcast and digital channels.

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