Remarkable Typographic Commercials For Peugeot Tepee

I’ve always liked French advertising – the good ones anyway –, for their often quirky humour, their double-entendres and their thinly veiled sensuality. What I appreciate most is that they are willing to take chances and sometimes come up with quite unexpected solutions for certain products. Take for example the series of posters and commercials created by Parisian advertising agency BETC Euro RSCG for the Peugeot Partner Tepee car model.

The concept for the ad series – would you rather have a real, practical car or a shiny toy? – is visualised by pitting the Peugeot Tepee against typical car clichés: the bling SUV, the showoff sports model, the oversized limo, and the ego-tripper car. It was devised by the creative team of creative director Rémi Babinet, art director Raphaël Halin and copywriter Benjamin Sanial. Contrary to most car ads the actual car is not shown, but rendered in a three-dimensional linear illustration style. The opponents on the other hand are entirely typographical, words moulded into car shapes, with wheels underneath. The primary colour scheme is fun and striking, and the hand lettered Futura Extra Bold nicely complements the drawn cars.

The posters are good, and the animated commercials are even better, with their silly music and even sillier pay-offs. This is a car brand that doesn’t take itself too seriously. They realise that for this model they can afford to get off the beaten path, and I commend them for that. I personally like this series very much. It is original and unexpected, and conveys a lighthearted and friendly atmosphere that fits the no-nonsense type of car. As I belong to the target audience – my cars have to be able to fit a family of five on the one hand and half a rock band on the other hand – I can testify the approach works.

You can watch three commercials in high definition on the Culture Pub website.
Peugeot : Partner Tepee : Much too much
Peugeot : Partner Tepee : Bling bling
Peugeot : Partner Tepee : Moimoimoi

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  1. Great series of ads.. rather confident and as you said, Peugeot aren’t taking them selves too seriously — i find the best give away for this is when the client allows their logo to be redrawn and played with.. really fun ads, thanks for sharing :)

    does anyone find it it a bit odd that the wheels aren’t drawn?

    Posted by Alex Charchar on Feb. 17, 2009
  2. this reminds me of the PBS animated show Word World. It’s a show to teach preschoolers how to read and sound out words. All the characters and objects in the show are made out of 3D word letters similar to this. Example, the character dog is actually made out of the letters D O G.

    Posted by Terri on Feb. 17, 2009
  3. @ Alex: Indeed, I noticed that as well. I do like the “real” wheels on the cartoon cars, but I haven’t got a clue why they did that.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 17, 2009
  4. Really Simply!

    Posted by Miguel Angel S2 on Feb. 17, 2009
  5. @Terri – i was thinking of Word World as well.

    these are nice ads.

    Toyota did some word based stuff for the 2007 camry:

    i like the sheep… and storm.

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Feb. 17, 2009
  6. come one. so sophmoric…. and all based on a pun, which is definitely the least creative foundation on which to base an entire campaign.

    Posted by christopher webber on Feb. 18, 2009
  7. Yeah, I noticed the reactions elsewhere were quite polarised; ranging from “loads of fun” to “totally lame”. I reckon you belong to the latter camp. :)

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 18, 2009
  8. can someone help !
    I’m trying to get lettering for the back of my peugeot spelling “SORTED 6” matching the same as the original peugeot chrome decal (no vinals )

    Posted by brian gillon on Oct. 14, 2011

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