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Hat Trick For Toyota Fortuner 4x4 Challenge

Press Release - South Africa, 27 August 2018

Toyota South Africa is running its Fortuner 4x4 Challenge this Spring, making it a hat trick for the successful competition which pairs four professional athletes with four Toyota fans as the teams battle it out in a bid to drive home in a brand new Fortuner 4x4. Driving participation in this year’s three-month activation is a 360° campaign created by FCB Joburg comprising four, 15-second television spots for each of this year’s four heroes in which they demonstrate their unique skills. There is also one 40-second spot featuring all four, and cinema, radio, outdoor, print, social and digital media complete the campaign.

The brief put to Creative Director Tian Van Den Heever, Art Director Julie Thorogood and Copywriter Este De Beer by Senior Advertising Manager at Toyota SA, Tasneem Lorgat, was simple: Make it bigger and better so as to build on the successes of the 2016 and 2017 Fortuner 4x4 Challenges.

“The prize for winning the Toyota Fortuner 4x4 Challenge is huge – a Fortuner! So, the Toyota fans who are selected to take on the challenge know they’ll have to work really hard. It’s a physically-challenging, two-day struggle to eventually claim the title and become the owner of a brand new Fortuner. We wanted the communication to demonstrate the enormity of the task, but do so in a way that inspires participation,” she said.

The agency’s solution – an apocalypse-themed ‘super power’ showdown – featuring Mapule Ndlovu, a fitness athlete; Steffi Brink, a track hero; Ox Nche, a Cheetahs rugby player; and Giniel de Villiers, Toyota’s own racing hero.

The campaign runs from August to October. TV spots can be viewed at these links:


15” Mapule

15” Ox

15” Steffi

15” Giniel:

To amplify the Challenge which takes place in October, the Toyota community also stand a chance to win a second Fortuner 4x4 by backing their favourite hero. This can be done by using one of the four hero hashtags (#OX4X4, #STEFFI4X4, #GINIEL4X4 or #MAPULE4X4) to comment on any of the official social posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. ‘Back Your Hero’ entries can also be done via the competition website ( or by dialing the USSD string (*120*62800#).



Creative agency: FCB Johannesburg                 

Account director: Nicole Malan

Executive business director: Reagen Kok                        

Executive creative director: Brett Morris

Brand manager: Zhandre Brandt

Senior manager advertising: Tasneem Lorgat

Creative Director: Tian Van Den Heever             

Copywriter: Este de Beer                                                                      

Art director: Julie Thorogood

Content writers: Lucy Holdford-Walker and Warren Raff                                                 

Strategic planner: Stuart Simms and Langelihle Sithole  

Project manager: Christine Lubbe         

TV Producer: Nakita Bolus                                

Production house: FCB Johannesburg

Director: Tian Van Den Heever

Post-production: Fuel Content and Blade