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New heroes brave the 4th Toyota Fortuner 4x4 Challenge

Press Release - South Africa, 04 September 2019

South African sports heroes once again do the unbelievable in a campaign created by FCB Joburg to promote the 4th edition of Toyota’s highly-successful Fortuner 4x4 Challenge. Launched in 2016, the Toyota Fortuner 4x4 Challenge matches four Toyota heroes with a member of the public as the pairs go head-to-head in a physically challenging two-day event to claim the title, bragging rights, and an out-of-the-box Fortuner.


The agency was briefed by Toyota SA’s Advertising Manager, Zhandre Brandt, to up the ante on previous campaigns. “Toyota fans selected to take on the challenge, which takes place in October, know they’ll have to work really hard. Communication needs to, therefore, demonstrate the enormity of the task, but do so in a way that inspires participation,” she said. “The 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of the Fortuner 4x4 Challenge generated tremendous engagement with Toyota and Fortuner fans; we wanted the agency to do more this year. A difficult task, but one the team has delivered on.”

This year’s campaign – a 360° communications solution comprising four 15-second TVC’s showing off a unique skill for each of the four heroes, a 40-second TVC and Cinema ad featuring all four heroes, radio, out-of-home, print, and online elements – was created by Creative Director Tian Van Den Heever, Art Directors Janine Kleinschmidt and Fezi Mpembe, Copywriter Bonginkosi Luvuno and Digital Content Lead Lucy Holford-Walker. It features this edition’s heroes Olympic rower Kirsten McCann, choreographer and fitness instructor Nkateko ‘Takkies’ Dinwidy, Cheetahs rugby player Oupa Mahoje and Toyota Dakar racing hero Giniel de Villiers performing bigger stunts in more intense environments than in previous years.

To amplify the Challenge, the campaign also shows how – by backing their favourite hero using one of the four hero hashtags (#OUPA4X4, #TAKKIES4X4, #GINIEL4X4 or #KIRSTEN4X4) on any of the official social posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – the Toyota community can stand a chance to win a second Fortuner 4x4. ‘Back Your Hero’ entries can also be done via the competition website ( or by dialing the USSD string. The campaign was filmed at Hennops off-road trail over two days for the television elements and two days for the print work. Post-production is by Sinister Films and Fuel Content. It broke during August and can be viewed here while the hero shoots are below:



Client: Toyota South Africa

Brand: Fortuner 4x4 Challenge

Senior Manager of Advertising: Tasneem Lorgat

Brand Manager: Zhandre Brandt

Creative agency: FCB Joburg               

Account Director: Nicole Malan

Executive Business Director: Reagen Kok                       

Executive Creative Director: Brett Morris

Creative Director: Tian van den Heever              

Copywriter: Bonginkosi Luvuno                                                             

Art Director: Janine Kleinschmidt and Fezi Mpembe

Digital Content Lead: Lucy Holford-Walker                                 

Strategic Planner: Stuart Simms and Langelihle Sithole  

Project Manager: Narissa Davids

TV Producer: Nakita Bolus                                

Production house: FCB Johannesburg

Director: Tian van den Heever

Post-production: Fuel Content and Sinister