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Hyundai is about to launch two 30-second spots touting its new luxury Genesis coupe during the 2009 Super Bowl. The automaker also will switch creative duties from lead agency Goody, Silverstein & Partners to World Marketing Group.

Hyundai's marketing chief Joel Ewanick dismissed reports that the company has cut Goodby, San Francisco, loose, and said the agency will serve Hyundai "well into 2009" on various Web marketing chores.

"This whole thing has been blown way out of proportion," Ewanick said. "Yes, we are going to transition to our international partner World Marketing Group, which already manages our media buys. But we are going to continue to work with [Goodby] for some time."

The agency switch comes on the heels of Hyundai's new Genesis campaign, which is in the hands of Goody, as it handles creative for the Super Bowl spots. Luxury coupe Genesis is considered a risk for the Hyundai brand, which is known for lower priced cars. Ewanick said Hyundai's Super Bowl spot last year did well and that a Super Bowl presence again next year makes sense.

Goodby will continue working with Hyundai for at least seven more months, Ewanick said. "But we are now ready to take advantage of our global growth, and we would like a global agency to handle that." World Marketing Group, like Hyundai's parent office, is based in South Korea.

Ewanick also disputed reports that the Genesis is selling poorly, and said that it will meet its goal of 8,000 units sold in the U.S. this year. The Genesis, which is compared in ads to BMW and Mercedes, had sold 1,826 units through August.
 

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I would have to agree the marketing job done by Hyundai's ad companies is poor. Hyundai is building some great cars but no one knows about them because the advertising companies aren't doing a good job. For example I subscribe to a couple auto mags and I don't recall seeing anything regarding the Genesis Sedan. They need to be showing more commercials too.



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