Corolla Touch Drive

A personalized virtual test drive that lets mobile users take a new car for a spin

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By: Saatchi & Saatchi LA , jam 3 , Tendril

Brand: Toyota

The Story

How do you introduce a mobile-obsessed, auto-ambivalent millennial audience to a new car designed just for them? Toyota asked the same question when considering the launch of its all-new 2014 Corolla. For the answer, the company called on Saatchi & Saatchi to create an entirely new way to shop for cars: a mobile site that lets users virtually test drive cars and flag their favorite features.

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The experience is brought to life on a mobile website, built with a combination of Canvas and DOM element animation. Behind the deceptively simple interaction is a custom scrolling engine as well as a tile-based engine for generating the road. A custom tool was also designed for combining and loading extensive sprite sheet data to comprise the complex animations. At the end of the drive, the phone’s GPS function connects with a local dealer to let users book real test drives.

The Technology

The Results

The Corolla Touch Drive reimagines online car shopping as a mobile experience that lets users explore the vehicle anytime, anywhere, without the pressure of a salesperson—essentially, a test drive in the palm of your hand.

  • 250K

    Users took the Touch Drive

  • 3+

    Minutes spent on site by average user

  • 30

    % more Corolla mobile shoppers

Launch Date Sept. 5, 2013

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