Honda Wins Auto Express Award for ‘The Other Side’

The new Civic Type R wins ad campaign of the year

Honda UK has won the Auto Express Award for advertising campaign of the year, triumphing with the creative for ‘The Other Side’ the online advert for the imminent arrival of the new Civic Type R last October.

Wieden + Kennedy London Agency created the advert, whilst it was directed by Daniel Wolfe. It highlights the differences in character between the normal Civic and the Type R, plus the transformative effect of hitting the R button on the latter’s dash.

On the whole, the advert tells the story of a man who uses a standard Civic and the racy Type R to lead a thrilling double life. By day, he is a sensible family man ferrying children around, while by night he’s a crime-fighting undercover cop screeching around in a high-powered hot hatch.

The new Civic Type R is set to hit showrooms at the end of July, resulting in exceptionally high demand. There is a waiting list developing for the new hot hatch which puts over 300bhp through the front wheels and can do 0-62mph in 5.7seconds.

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief- at Auto Express, commented: “HONDA has a rich history of innovative advertising campaigns, so it was no surprise it pulled out all the stops for the public unveiling of the new Civic Type R. You can watch both ads back-to-back, but press and hold the ‘r’ button on your keyboard and you can flick instantly between the two stories as they run in parallel. A brilliant idea, perfectly executed.”

Leon Brannan, Head of Cars at Honda UK, added: “The campaign essentially marked the kick off of our return to form. 2015 is a massive year for Honda and will see our entire range relaunched in the UK. While the Civic Type R is just one product, is highly significant for the powerful halo-impact it will provide for Honda.

“Just as our products are renowned for being innovative, our communications style reflects this. At the time, we were not aware of anyone else creating user content in the same dramatic and interactive way, which gave it a strong appeal and continues to even now, almost a year on.”

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