New Honda Advertising Campaign, "Dreamer" Celebrates the Imaginative, Innovative Redesign of the All-New 2016 Civic

January 7, 2016

  • All-new Civic comes to life with dreamlike imagery across TV, digital, print and social
  • Extensive social campaigns will garner attention for the completely redesigned Civic

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 7, 2016 — The launch of the all-new 2016 Honda Civic is now being supported with an integrated advertising campaign reflecting the dramatic, new-from-the-ground-up, completely redesigned Civic. The visually unexpected and thrilling 30-second spot, "The Dreamer," serves as the creative foundation of the multiplatform campaign.

In "The Dreamer," the journey of the all-new Civic Sedan travels from the imagination of a Honda engineer into reality. This is depicted with a whimsical, rollercoaster-like road around our engineer's head—it's as if the engineer's imagination has materialized around him. This provides insight into the surreal thinking process of designing a vehicle. The spot is set to "Walking on a Dream" by Empire of the Sun and closes by transitioning the all-new Civic from imagination into reality; the voice-over says, "Direct from our imagination. The all-new Civic."

The Civic launch will be heavily supported across social media. Instagram includes marquee video ads on Jan. 8 that will feature the unexpected nature of the all-new Civic, followed by additional paid media support through March. Also on Jan. 8, Honda will officially debut on the Snapchat platform with a National Filter, IGN and Buzzfeed Discover Platform takeover, video ads across national and regional Live Stories and Discover channels featuring influencer David Lopez. Additionally, Wesley Grim (initial Facebook post) and several other influencers are creating images of the Civic with a hint of magical realism. Paid targeted media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is also planned throughout the flight.

Striking print shows the all-new Civic springing out of a Honda engineer's open hinged head, and will appear in Road & Track, Autoweek, Sports Illustrated, People, ESPN The Magazine and US Weekly.

With the focus of reaching Millennials, the Civic campaign will look to incorporate a wide mix of media, with placements across network and cable TV, online video, gaming, and mobile. Digital will have a strong launch with homepage takeovers on Yahoo and YouTube. Digital support will continue across various partners, rolling out engaging programs throughout the campaign. Notable digital efforts include: a collaborative three-part video series by Buzzfeed that will appeal to both the general market and Hispanic audience. A Red Bull and Twitch partnership to host a Hearthstone gaming tournament that will be broadcast live from Red Bull Studios to Twitch's highly engaged audience. Additionally, Thrillist will design a driving sneaker inspired by the new Civic, which will be showcased at a Thrillist hosted launch event.

About Honda Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Civic, Fit and CR-Z, along with the HR-V Crossover and Pilot and CR-V sport/utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has the longest-lasting cars1 of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 18 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2014, more than 97 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

1Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988–2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.