Dai Henwood reprises his dodgy towie role—and adds a few new characters—as Toyota tries to stop drivers making bad parts decisions

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  • November 10, 2015
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Dai Henwood reprises his dodgy towie role—and adds a few new characters—as Toyota tries to stop drivers making bad parts decisions

Earlier this year, Toyota and Saatchi & Saatchi enlisted the services of comedian Dai Henwood to star in an entertaining campaign for its Genuine Parts business that played on the Japanese brand's high levels of trust—and on the fear we all have of being ripped off by automotive cowboys. In the clips, Henwood did an Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence and played a dodgy-yet-loaded business owner Frank, a boganic secretary Sherl and a salty tow truck driver Trev. And now he's back for another round where he again shows his acting versatility by adding an uptight businessman, a disinterested student and even a mum and her beautiful baby to his repertoire. 

The last set of clips was based in the ‘Tuff Towing’ yard and had some fun with engrained stereotypes to drum home the message that going cheap on parts could lead to expensive consequences—and vast riches for tow truck companies (in case you were wondering, mechanics were ranked 27th on the list of least trusted professions in the latest Reader's Digest survey and car sales people were listed at 46th). Executive creative director Corey Chalmers says Trev was a popular character, so they decided to take him on the road and the new batch shows him fleecing a few stereotypical suckers at breakdowns (it's thought Trev previously worked in the engineering department at Volkswagen, tsk tsk). 

 

 

As it says on the website, which features plenty of information and a bit of mythbusting: "Expensive things can happen down the road if the parts in your Toyota aren’t genuine. After all, the reason why Toyotas are so popular is because they’re so reliable. And the reason they’re so reliable is because they are made by Toyota with genuine parts and quality materials. The reality is that Toyota Genuine Parts are competitively priced. The difference is that they fit right the first time, and will give you thousands of kilometres of trouble-free motoring." 

The campaign runs online, in print and across point of sale from 8 November. 
 

Credits:
 

Creative Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi

Executive Creative Directors: Guy Roberts & Corey Chalmers

Writers: Nick Ward, Bob Moore

General Manager:  Paul Wilson

Business Director:  Susie Darling

Producer:  Anna Kennedy

Production Company: 8com

Director: Jamie Lawrence

Producer: Gene Keelan

Exec Producer: Katie Millington

DOP: Andrew McGeorge

Editor: Jochen Fitzherbert

Sound Mix: Franklin Road Audio.

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