Colin-on-Cars – Hyundai goes to the movies

Cars in movies has become big business since Steve McQueen made the ‘Bullitt’ Mustang famous – and the trend continues with the latest major cars-and-movies collaboration coming between Hyundai Motor Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The partnership will feature the automaker’s new models and technologies in upcoming Sony Pictures productions, including next year’s Spider Man sequels.

The Hyundai Veloster used in ‘The Ant Man and The Wasp

Under the deal Hyundai Motor will also offer substantial marketing support and the companies will collaborate on a wide range of ancillary content-creation.

The partnership will marry Sony Pictures IP with Hyundai Motor’s technology and designs, building on the cinematic quality of the studio’s big-screen fare and bringing to life the automaker’s human-centred future mobility vision dedicated to revitalizing cities and galvanizing urban air mobility.

The partnership will offer a wide range of opportunities to leverage Sony Pictures IP for marketing content and immersive entertainment, collaborate on infrastructure and vehicular concepts for Sony Pictures movies, co-create virtual reality and gaming experiences, and co-produce events, among other opportunities.

Hyundai Motor’s new models and technologies will be featured in five upcoming Sony Pictures films, including ‘Uncharted’ (July 2021); the Spider-Man sequel ‘Far From Home’ (November 2021); the Spider-Man sequel ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ (October 2022); and others to be determined.

“This strategic partnership with Sony Pictures will allow customers to understand and experience our human-centred future mobility vision through innovative vehicles and technologies, illuminating a way forward for transforming how we move, interact and design our lives for optimal benefits. We will offer various ways to inspire our customers and movie fans around the globe,” said Wonhong Cho, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Hyundai Motor Company.

Wonhong Cho (left), executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Hyundai Motor Company, and Jeffrey Godsick, executive vice president for Global Partnerships and Brand Management and head of Location Based Entertainment at Sony Pictures.

“This deal embodies the true definition of the word partnership,” said Jeffrey Godsick, executive vice president of Global Partnerships and Brand Management and head of Location Based Entertainment at Sony Pictures Entertainment. “The deal has many layers, including substantial marketing support, but its real potential and impact come from groundbreaking content that we will develop together.”

At CES 2020 Hyundai Motor Company unveiled its innovative vision for urban mobility to help revitalise human-centered future cities. The three-pronged approach to realize the vision includes:

  • Urban Air Mobility (UAM) – a new form of mobility using air space to drastically reduce transit time;
  • A Purpose-Built Vehicle (PBV) – an eco-friendly urban mobility device allowing customization for diverse lifestyles; and
  • Hub – a space for mobility transfer and community activities.

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