Lexus and The&Partnership encourage drivers to stay ahead in new RX campaign

The latest campaign for Lexus Europe presents a thrilling, multi-character storyline with the RX as the hero

By Creative Salon

Lexus and The&Partnership have launched a new action-packed campaign, ‘Stay Ahead’. The campaign firmly positions the all-new RX as the ultimate hero in an exciting new chapter for the brand.

With public responses to car advertising falling to an all-time low, ‘Stay Ahead’ looks to change this, with an attention-grabbing storyline and by highlighting the exciting experience of driving the Lexus RX with its three powertrain options; Performance Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid and Performance Petrol.

Featuring 45 assets in total, the campaign engages the public from the first encounter, with trailer-style social films leading the audience to a 1:47 action film directed by Mark Jenkinson, and featuring an original score by award-winning composer, James Radford.

Inspired by Europe’s action film heritage, the action film was shot in historic Girona,northern Catalonia, Spain, and features a Spy thriller storyline, which combines edge-of-your-seat driving sequences, with multiple characters racing through Girona, all striving to secure a mysterious briefcase. The opening scene kicks off nearly two minutes of heart-stopping action, keeping audiences guessing until the end. And then beyond it.

To ensure that the campaign communicates the Stay Ahead message at every moment in the customer journey, with the same twists and turns you’d expect from a blockbuster film franchise, the campaign also delivers an extended Stay Ahead Film version which was made for made for the big screen, alongside 20”, 25” and 30” TV edits, dealership POS, 6 product films, and a 25 image suite, photographed by Anton Watts.

Tommaso Grassi, Head of Communication at Lexus Europe says : The Lexus RX, since its launch, has been leading the way in its own segment, introducing , for instance, the first self charging hybrid luxury SUV already in 2005. For the launch of the 5th generation, we wanted a campaign that captures its “Stay Ahead” philosophy , celebrating the similarities between a state-of-the-art car that is inherently forward-thinking and iconic, and an audience that embodies the ethos of “stay ahead” in all aspects of their life.

Creative Director at The&Partnership, Frances Draskau says: The Lexus RX is a powerhouse of a luxury vehicle and deserved a storyline worthy of its action-packed credentials. With Stay Ahead we’ve gone all in, deploying the advanced technology of the new RX through each asset to deliver our hero in signature Lexus style. Working in partnership with regulation bodies to build automotive campaigns that are fast-paced, exciting and impactful is a challenge we continue to enjoy, and ultimately echoes our Lexus RX message: Stay Ahead.

The campaign will continue further with a new interactive film, additional secret characters and an exclusive, money-can’t-buy prize for the audience.

The new Lexus RX campaign comprises a suite of AV, TVC, Digital and social assets launching across 54 markets in Europe in all channels from w/c 16th January 2023.


Client: Lexus

Senior Client: Tommaso Grassi

Senior Manager Brand and Marketing Communication: Loïc Charlon

Marketing Specialist: Daria Fateeva

Agency: The & Partnership

CEO: Nick Howarth

Managing Director: Sam Lewis

Global ECD: Andre Moreira

Creative Director: Frances Draskau

Creatives: Guus TerBeek and Tayfun Sarier

Senior Art Director: Phill Fields

Head of Planning: Oliver Egan

Planning Director: Alex Fennemore

Business Director: Josie Jenkins/ Gavin Fullick

Senior Account Director: Lizzie Napper

Account Director: Luke Martins

Account Manager: Camille Le Senne

Account Executive: Sadek Hossain

Head of Integrated Production: Thea Evely

Head of Art Buying: Emma Modler

Producer: Liz Griffin/Charlie Thacker

Project Manager: Georgina Ingham-Clark

Production Company: Rogue Films

Director: Mark Jenkinson

Producer: Tom Farley and Charlie Crompton

Director of Photography: Bernd Wondollek

Editors: Iain Whitewright

Offline Producer Julian Marshall

Post Production: ETC

Senior Post Producer: Antonia Vlasto

Post Producer: Amie Kingsnorth

VFX Supervisor: Scott Ryan

CG Supervisor: N/A

Shoot supervisor & Compositor: Ruben Llusia

Motion Design: N/A

Audio Post Production: King Leah

Sound Engineers: Jack Sedgewick

Music Supervision: James Radford

Composer: James Radford


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