Sweden – A campaign by public transport company Västtrafik uses automotive advertising clichés to examine the future of mobility.
Bus Words appears at first to be a typical car ad complete with futuristic imagery, dramatic music and industry buzzwords such as ‘electrified’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘vehicle sharing’. However, in a comical twist, the vehicle being described is revealed to be a regular city bus.
The campaign was developed by Gothenburg-based agency Forsman & Bodenfors in response to the rise of the self-driving car market and the trend among automotive brands to claim to offer the future of mobility. It playfully highlights the similarities between the lauded innovations of modern car-makers and the features of a regular city bus, which has been in use for more than 100 years.
‘The car industry is going crazy about the future right now, but almost all of the industry buzzwords apply perfectly to a regular city bus,’ Pontus Caresten, copywriter at Forsman & Bodenfors, told LS:N Global. ‘More people alone in their cars is not what our cities need. They need more people riding together on public transport.’