The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling non-pickup truck brand in the United States for several years. Nonetheless, the brand’s image has been been rather “vanilla.” It’s trying now to change that.
“Toyota pulled the wraps off the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Though sedan sales have lost ground to crossovers in recent years, any manufacturer would be thrilled to offer a vehicle in its lineup that could emulate the Camry’s perennially robust sales performance. So, yes, the debut of new Camry is a big deal.”
“With that said, the Camry has a reputation of being plain vanilla (we’ll only point out that vanilla is far and away the most popular flavor of ice cream). The 2018 model apparently aims to reverse that perception. The SE and XSE trim levels represent what is easily the boldest Camry yet, with a hint of rear fender bulge, well-considered proportions, and a confident face. Entry-level LE and XLE models are more subdued, save for an imposing grille. Sure, the new Camry’s various creases on the hood and the flanks are a bit fussy, but the new car’s attitude is undeniable.”
“Beyond the striking new styling, Toyota promises that the new car is significantly more driver-focused, offering superior driving dynamics. Engineers point to its lower roof and seating position, both of which drop an inch compared to the current model to help lower its center of gravity. A 1.5-inch-lower hoodline is said to improve outward visibility in the bargain, so it won’t feel as if you’re sitting in bathtub.”
In addition to revamping the Camry for 2018, Toyota is updating its advertising strategy on social media and for TV — including the use of emojis.
“Twitter introduced emoji targeting last year, allowing advertisers to steer ads to people that have recently tweeted emojis or engaged with other emoji-laden tweets to determine a person’s interests and mood. Toyota’s campaign shows a huge array of videos featuring Camry drivers with emojis as heads. For instance, a person who recently tweeted a smiley face icon could be targeted with a promoted tweet. The campaign also includes more traditional elements, like TV ads. The spots pair music with music-like sounds coming from the Camry, such as an engine revving.”