The video features lingering shots of the landscape of McConaughey’s native Texas.
Matt VanDyke, director of global Lincoln, said in a statement: “Matthew is a natural fit with Lincoln and where we are going as a brand. With the MKC coming to market in a hot, competitive segment, now is the perfect opportunity to share with a wider audience what our brand offers. Matthew is the ideal personality to help us tell this story.”
VanDyke said the MKC spots will be “only the beginning of what we trust will be a fantastic relationship.”
McConaughey won the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of an AIDS patient who procures unapproved HIV drugs and distributes them to fellow patients in the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club.
The MKC is Lincoln’s entry in the rapidly growing compact luxury crossover segment. The MKC is a new nameplate for Lincoln, which was historically known for large luxury sedans and one of the oldest customer bases in the industry. Lincoln is trying to reinvent itself by attracting younger “culturally progressive” buyers.
The brand has been struggling to win customers in a luxury arena dominated by German giants Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Through the end of July, Lincoln ranked eighth among luxury brands in the U.S. with sales of 52,385 vehicles. BMW tops luxury brands so far with sales of 183,791, closely followed by Mercedes with 178,816.
The MKC, which went on sale in May, starts at $33,995, including shipping. Through July, Lincoln has sold 2,895 in the U.S.