Oh Kia: Changing Canada, Grooving U.S.


Kia Canada is highlighting its pro-social efforts with a new campaign called “Drive Change.” Focused around its Facebook page, the campaign aims to “surprise and change the lives of real people” (such as restoring a basketball court in one day for at-risk teens), putting its corporate social responsbility at the heart of its brand.

As noted on its YouTube channel, the campaign is described as: “It’s about innovating. It’s hugging trees as well as corners and enjoying more fulfillment and fewer fill-ups. Drive change is about changing things for the better. Because when we change, we make the world around us better too.”

The north-of-the-border campaign from Kia’s agency, David&Goliath, is more earnest than D&G’s hip 2010 spots for Kia America: the award-winning hamster campaign touting the Kia Soul and the Super Bowl “living toys” spot for the Sorento, which you can see after the jump.[more]

Kia Canada’s “Drive Change” campaign “clearly identifies our new world-class automotive design attributes while at the same time reflecting Kia Canada’s ongoing commitment to help local communities,” commented Maria Soklis, VP and COO of Kia Canada. “Drive Change will be the conduit to heightening our brand awareness by reaching out to establish an emotional connection with consumers through both traditional and social media, thus differentiating Kia from other automotive manufacturers.”

Contrast how Kia is positioning itself in Canada with its U.S. spots this year: