Fallon creates playful spot for Škoda Kamiq
Fallon’s latest ad for Škoda sees the Kamiq SUV prove its pedigree in a series of dog show challenges
03 October 2022
Created by Fallon, part of Leo Burnett UK, ‘Driver’s Best Friend’ aims to show what the Kamiq is like on the road in a playful, human way: demonstrating that the car is agile, good in small spaces and a smooth drive. This is all done through the charming metaphor of re-imagining Kamiq as a lovable pet dog.
The film, directed by Icelandic duo Samuel & Gunnar, shows off Škoda Kamiq’s playful personality and high-end looks. In the film, we see the compact SUV move through a giant agility course. The car follows its owner as she leads it through the course: weaving between poles, through a narrow tunnel, over a thin seesaw, finishing up with a smooth reverse into a tight parking space with the help of its rear-view camera. The spot features a voiceover from singer KT Tunstall, who finishes the ad with the line: ‘Škoda Kamiq. Our Compact SUV. A driver’s best friend, Škoda’.
While automotive advertising is often dominated by the themes of technology, engineering, performance and aesthetic desirability, this film was created to stand apart from the crowd – showing cars can occupy a much deeper, emotional space: not just as transport but as companions. With ‘Driver’s Best Friend’, Škoda aims to appeal to those who have outgrown hatchbacks and want the safety of an SUV without the bulkiness.
The film will run across TV, cinema, VOD, and is supported by print and OOH. Media planning and buying is handled by PHD.
Škoda has also partnered with UK charity Dogs for Good, who support people to make life-changing differences through their assistance dogs or community dogs programmes. As part of this partnership, Škoda will be donating the two Kamiqs used in the film to the charity, which will be used as transport for the dogs and volunteers for 12 months.
Kirsten Stagg, Head of Marketing at Škoda UK, said: “The Kamiq has big car confidence with small car agility. ‘Driver’s Best Friend’ brings this to life in a way that feels fresh, relatable and fun and stands apart from other car advertising.”
Chaka Sobhani, Chief Creative Officer at Fallon UK, said: “Škoda and dogs. What’s not to love? As a nation of dog lovers, we wanted to create an engaging and accessible idea that would make people smile, especially in a category that can sometimes take itself a little seriously. It’s been huge fun to work on and we hope people enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.”
CAMPAIGN TITLE: A Driver’s Best Friend
CLIENT: ŠKODA UK
ADVERTISING AGENCY: Fallon, part of Leo Burnett
CCO: Chaka Sobhani
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mark Elwood
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Graham Lakeland
CREATIVE TEAM: Cicely Alderson & Lisi Davis
DESIGNER: Jakk Breedon
PLANNER: Henry Gray
CLIENT PARTNER: Liam Hopkins
ACCOUNT DIRECTOR: Tegwen Tucker
SNR ACCOUNT MANAGER: Nilza Dmello
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: Florence McAllester
AGENCY PRODUCER: Hector Murray
MEDIA BUYING AGENCY: PHD
MEDIA PLANNER: Jade Catten
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Tantrum
DIRECTOR: Samuel & Gunnar
EDITOR: Nik Hindson @ The Assembly Rooms
PRODUCER: Will Waters
POST-PRODUCTION COMPANY: Black Kite
AUDIO POST-PRODUCTION COMPANY: Wave Studios
PHOTOGRAPHER: Todd Antony
HEAD OF ART PRODUCTION: Jo Hodge
ŠKODA CLIENTS: Kirsten Stagg, Peter McLeod, Rhidian Taylor, Stephanie Sharp