Category F01. Integrated Campaign Led by Direct
Entrant CVI Kortenberg, BELGIUM
Name Company Position
Dieter De Ridder DDB Brussels Creative Director
Naïm Baddich DDB Brussels Creative Director
Frederic Zouag DDB Brussels Art Director
Nicolas       Gaspart DDB Brussels Art Director
Sven Verfaille DDB Brussels Graphic Designer
Quentin Maryns DDB Brussels Account Director
Pascaline Van de Perre DDB Brussels Account Executive
Andreas Vanhoutte DDB Brussels Digital Producer
Philippe Gerin DDB Brussels Strategy

Why is this work relevant for Direct?

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Punching Door Tour activation was the start of the larger Withstand the Strongest Arms campaign. Through online videos, we attracted professionals to the activation, at which they could experience the quality and toughness of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ range. This created awareness and word of mouth, after which we continued to strengthen the new positioning and tone of voice of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles through multiple radio commercials and a out-of-home campaign.


Once every two years, the Brussels Motor Show for Professionals takes place. This event is a big deal for car brands with a professional offer. No less than 40% of their annual sales is reached in just one month. You would think car brands will do their utmost best to stand out. Yet, they all join the shouting contest about who has the best features.

Describe the creative idea (30% of vote)

Since working in construction is not for sissies, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles wanted to approach its audience with a distinctive tone of voice and activation. We tapped into the macho culture of the construction industry in a humorously exaggerated way and challenged professionals to show off their toughness.

Describe the strategy (20% of vote)

The target audience of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles exists of Belgian professionals, who are mainly active in construction. They can be construction workers, painters, plumbers, electricians, gardeners, etc. We approached these tough men and women not by talking about the quality of the range of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, but by speaking their language, using recognisable situations, and letting these professionals experience the vehicles’ quality so they could judge for themselves. This consumer-centric strategy was crucial to the success of the activation and the campaign as a whole.

Describe the execution (20% of vote)

Through a series of absurd online training videos, we invited professionals to the parking lots of the biggest DIY stores in Belgium where The Punching Door Tour took place. Participants had to fill in their email address, which gave them the opportunity to win duo tickets for the Brussels Motor Show, as well as a media budget of €5.000 to promote their business. If he or she punched the door hard enough, of course. Additionally, multiple radio commercials in the same, exaggerated tone of voice, as well as an out-of-home campaign made professionals aware of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ high-quality range as well as its conditions during the Brussels Motor Show.

List the results (30% of vote)

The whole campaign was a smashing success. With 2.000.000 impressions on Facebook, 15% more traffic to our stand at the Brussels Motor Show and no less than 139% more sales compared to last year, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles proved once more that its range is by far the most solid choice for professionals.