A Bonkers ’70s Car Chase Ends in a 3-Way Flavor Collision to Announce the Newest Coke

Wieden + Kennedy introduces Orange Vanilla Coke

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A new Coca-Cola flavor is hitting the streets this week for the first time since Vanilla Coke debuted in 2007. And what better way to announce this flavor combination than a wall-busting, tire-screeching delivery truck chase worthy of The French Connection?

In the launch spot for the new flavor, Wieden + Kennedy Portland goes full retro to create a 1970s-esque cinematic chase involving Coke, an ice cream truck and a delivery of oranges fresh from the orchard. What looks like a Grand Theft Auto expansion come to life is obviously just a metaphor for the impact of three flavors coming together.

“Our brief for the campaign was to have fun with flavors,” says Kate Carpenter, brand director of Coca-Cola. “We think this work brings to life the Coca-Cola personality in a playful, unexpected way.”

In addition to Orange Vanilla Coke, the beverage giant is also launching an Orange Vanilla Coke Zero. The flavors will be pushed through just about all manner of advertising, from social to out-of-home. TV spots will be running throughout live broadcasts of NCAA March Madness.

Here’s a look at some of the outdoor for the launch:


Wieden + Kennedy Portland
Executive Creative Directors: Eric Baldwin, Jason Bagley
Creative Directors: Erik Fahrenkopf + Patty Orlando
Copywriter: Pepe Hernandez + Eric Fensler
Art Director: Lloyd Winter + James Moslander

Integrated Production
Broadcast Producer: Amy Berriochoa
Executive Producer (Client): Heather Hanrahan

Account Management
Group Brand Director: David Hughes
Brand Executive: Beth Lussenhop

W+K Studios
Studio Designer: Luke Wilhelmi / Matt Blum

Production: Prettybird
Director: Tom Noakes
Executive Producer: Suzanne Hargrove
Line Producer: Julie Sawyer
Director of Photography: James L. Brown
Service Company: Farm Films
Executive Producer (service company): Peter Sherlock
Line Producer (service company): Craig Siney

Editorial: Joint Editorial
Editors: Tommy Harden, Steve Sprinkel
Assistant Editors: Kristy Faris, Ian DeVore
Post Producer: Kathleen Russell
Post Executive Producer: Leslie Carthy

Color: Framestore
Colorist: Simon Bourne
Senior Color Producer: Chris Anthony

VFX: Kevin
ECD / Partner: Tim Davies
Head of CG: Mike Dalzell
Senior EP / Partner: Sue Troyan
VFX Producer: Jami Schakel
VFX Coordinator: Andrew Cowderoy
2-D: Robert Murdock, Steve Gibbons, Anthony Petitti
3-D: Carl Harders, Matt Longwell, Greg Mawicke, Dennys Herman, Tom Allen, Jarrod Avalos, Igor Stefanovic

Music: We Are Walker
Music Supervisor: Stephanie Pigott
Partner, Creative Director: Peter Gannon

Audio Mixer + Sound Designer: Noah Woodburn
Audio Assistant: Natalie Huizenga

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@griner david.griner@adweek.com David Griner is creative and innovation editor at Adweek and host of Adweek's podcast, "Yeah, That's Probably an Ad."