Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that it has selected Deutsch LA as its new advertising agency of record for the U.S., replacing Crispin Porter + Bogusky of Miami.
It was the third VW advertising agency in less than five years.
Deutsch previously worked for GM’s ill-fated Saturn division.
Crispin et al, an ultra-hip shop from Miami and Boulder, elected not to participate in the agency review ordered by VOA’s top brass.
The latest change, as the one before it, raises questions about where the problem lies. Could something be amiss in Germany?
Deutsch LA will have full advertising responsibility for the Volkswagen brand and its family of products, effective November 1, 2009, and will be responsible for all national and retail advertising, including digital and “experiential” marketing.
“Deutsch LA proved they have a firm grasp on how to manage the complex challenges we face in achieving our significant growth objectives,” said Tim Ellis, Vice President of Marketing, VWoA.
“Of equal importance, they inspired us with a big, compelling, creative idea that will energize and motivate our passionate base as well as attract a broader group of people who have thus far not considered Volkswagen as a relevant choice.”
We shall see about that. Advertising is a world filled with hype, piled on top of previous hype.
The sales and business problems VW faces are real, though. Once dominant in the U.S. market as the leading import when the Beetle was king, it is now a mere footnote to the combined sales tables of Japanese and Korean automakers.