Toyota changes the game in Super Bowl LIII commercial

Antoinette “Toni” Harris

Antoinette “Toni” Harris

Female football
scholarship winner
Antoinette “Toni” Harris
redefines what
it means
to be a hybrid
in new RAV4 spot

Toyota returns to the 2019 Super Bowl with a spotlight on two game-changers – the all-new 2019 RAV4 HV (RAV4 Hybrid) and powerhouse female football player Antoinette “Toni” Harris.

The Super Bowl spot, which will appear toward the end of the second quarter, features the 2019 RAV4 HV (XSE HV grade, specifically), a hybrid that will defy expectations and redefine what it means to be a hybrid. Performance-wise, the 2019 RAV4 HV is truly the no-compromise crossover sport utility vehicle thanks to its enhanced power and acceleration.

“The 2019 RAV4 HV is the vehicle that will shatter perceptions of hybrids, much like how Toni is shattering perceptions of a football player,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota Marketing, Toyota Motor North America. “We’re excited to highlight Toni’s inspirational story during the Big Game and remind viewers that assumptions should always be challenged.”



Narrated by sportscaster Jim Nantz, the spot features 22-year-old Detroit native Toni Harris, the first female football player to play a non-specialist position.

Harris is also the first and only female player to be offered a full scholarship as a non-specialist on defense. As a sophomore defensive back (free safety) at East Los Angeles College, she has received four scholarship offers from universities excited to help her continue her journey on and off the field.

“I am thrilled to partner with Toyota on our like-minded quest to defy expectations, lead the charge without compromise and overcome adversity,” said Harris. “I hope this will inspire others who are experiencing a similar journey.”

Directed by legendary Super Bowl director Joe Pytka who has directed more than 80 Super Bowl commercials, “Toni” was Pytka’s first time working with Toyota. “Toni’s story and the Toyota RAV4 HV narrative complement each other nicely and it was a true pleasure to feature them during the most-watched television event of the year,” said Pytka.

More than four years ago, Toyota adopted a cohesive marketing approach, inclusive of multicultural marketing, bringing together its agencies into a total market model called Total Toyota or T2. The Total Toyota team, includes Saatchi & Saatchi, Burrell Communications, Conill Advertising & interTrend, with Zenith placing TV and outdoor media buys.

For this year’s Big Game, Burrell Communications created and produced Toni’s story, with additional support from both Saatchi & Saatchi and Zenith Media. Edited by Bob Ackerman of The Colonie.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 36 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.

Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit

Burrell Communications Group
   Co-CEOs: Fay Ferguson and McGhee Williams-Osse
   EVP, Chief Creative Officer: Lewis Williams
   VP, Creative Director: Corey Seaton
   Copy Writers: Corey Seaton, Lewis Williams, Craig Feigen
   Art Directors: Lewis Williams, Adam Glickman
   Executive Producer: Shirley Portee
   Broadcast Business Affairs Manager: Linda Glover
   Production Business Manager: Robin Bisel
   Senior Talent Manager: April Lewis
   Talent Manager: Christene Echols
   Senior Traffic Manager: Coy Mitchell
   SVP, Managing Director: Vicki Bolton
   Associate Account Director: Jihan West
   Account Supervisor: Yvette Smith
   Senior Account Executive: Jordan LuSane
   VP, Public Relations Director: Tracy Anderson
   Associate Director, Media Relations: Micaeh Johnson
   VP, Media Director: Donna Hodge
   Associate Media Director: William Moore
   Associate Social Media Director: Brandi Rand
   VP, Planning Director: Kevin Brockenbrough
   Associate Director, Strategic Planning: Jeffrey Fortune    Director, Consumer Insights: Tonya Roberts

Saatchi and Saatchi
   Chief Creative Officer: Jason Schragger

Production Company: PYTKA
   Director: Joe Pytka
   Executive Producer: Gretchen Siss
   Head of Production: Gretchen Siss
   Producer (Line Producer): Gretchen Siss
   DP (Cinematographer/Videographer): Joe Pytka Production Designer: Janet Nelson

Editorial Company: The Colonie
   Editor: Bob Ackerman
   Executive Producer: Mary Caddy

VFX Company: The Colonie
   VFX Supervisor: Tom Dernulc
   Executive Producer: Mary Caddy

Telecine Company: Nolo Digital Film, Inc.
   Colorist: Michael Matusek

Sound Design Company: Chicago Recording Company
   Sound Designer: Ian Scott
   Executive Producer: Rose Razal
   Producer: Michael Azzato

Audio Post Company: Chicago Recording Company
   Audio Mixer (Engineer): Ian Scott
   Executive Producer: Rose Razal
   Producer: Michael Azzato

Voice Over (VO): Jim Nantz

Music License
Master: Written by Jeff Pardo & Anna Mae
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