The camera is running and the stage is set for Volvo Truck’s upcoming video ‘The Casino’, directed by Henry Alex Rubin – and all we know is that the main character is likely to be a truck. ‘The Casino’ is premiering on 24 September.
With viral bulls-eyes such as The Epic Split, The Hamster Stunt and The Hook already under its belt, Volvo Trucks has shown that truck commercials can be entertaining, captivating and attract large audiences throughout the world.
“All the responses have been highly positive – our films are just as innovative as our trucks are. The campaign has not only sparked increased interest in our trucks, it has also strengthened our brand,” says Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks.
The film will have its premiere on 24 September at the IAA truck show in Hannover, Germany, and simultaneously be released on Volvo Trucks’ YouTube channel. The film will be released in connection with the launch of a world-first transmission for series-produced heavy vehicles featuring a dual clutch, Volvo’s I-Shift Dual Clutch, and as with previous films this one too will include an unexpected twist, to say the least.
“Instead of a Live Test we will be showing a sort of modern version of ‘Candid Camera’, which uses an unusual approach to demonstrate the benefits of the new transmission. Someone is going to be very surprised indeed, that’s all I’m prepared to reveal at this point,” says Per Nilsson, Director Public Relations, Volvo Trucks.
All told, Volvo Trucks’ latest commercial films have won 130 awards the world over, while the number of followers on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has increased many times over.
“That’s just amazing. It’s not very often that a business-to-business campaign has recorded such a massive global impact. With our new I-Shift Dual Clutch film we are continuing our concept of communicating with a broader public,” says Per Nilsson.
The film was directed by Oscar-nominated Henry Alex Rubin, who is also behind Volvo Trucks’ Live Test films The Chase and The Ballerina Stunt. Among much else, Henry Alex Rubin has directed the 2012 drama thriller Disconnect.
I-Shift Dual Clutch
– The transmission can be described as two gearboxes that are linked in parallel. When one gearbox is active, the next gear is preselected in the other gearbox. During gearchanges, the first gearbox is disengaged at precisely the same instant that the second one is engaged, permitting gearchanges without any interruption in power delivery.
– Volvo Trucks is the first manufacturer in the world to offer this type of transmission in series-produced heavy vehicles.
– I-Shift Dual Clutch is based on the I-Shift transmission.
– I-Shift Dual Clutch was launched in Europe in June and will be available from September 2014 on all markets selling the Volvo FH with Euro 6 D13 engines producing 460, 500 or 540 horsepower.