Richard Hammond launches global video marketing campaign for LeasePlan

Fleet management company LeasePlan has produced a video featuring The Grand Tour and ex-Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond to raise awareness of its new products.

The sci-fi-inspired video – entitled ‘What's next?’ – stars Hammond trying to escape from an alien invasion, and in doing so showcasing LeasePlan’s new products and services following the rising trend of ‘car-as-a-service’.

The campaign is aimed at clients in the corporate, SME and private lease segments – a customer base LeasePlan has been familiar with for the past 50 years.

What's next - starring Richard Hammond and LeasePlan!

The new products introduced in the campaign include a ‘LeasePlan Click & Drive’ and an end-to-end electric vehicle for corporate customers located in Europe. Earlier this year the company announced it had become a founding partner of the EV100 initiative – a collection of corporate companies who pledge to transition to fully electric vehicles.

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Tex Gunning, CEO at LeasePlan, said: “We’re living through a mega-change in which people are moving from owning their own cars to using cars-as-a-service. We’re also seeing major changes in car technology as we move from the internal combustion engine to hybrids, fully electric and autonomous vehicles. In this fast-changing world, LeasePlan aims to be the company that knows and stands for what’s next. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a fully flexible ‘any car, anytime, anywhere’ service.”

The campaign has been launched in 32 countries as part of a new company strategy to gain more opportunities in the mobility sector. Further products are set to be announced in the coming months.