Coca-Cola North America has announced the nationwide launch of a new 'hybrid' soft drink. The company said late last week that Vault, which is neither a soft drink nor an energy drink, will be rolled out this month across the country after successful debuts in select US test markets last autumn.

The drink is described as "a first-of-its-kind energy soda that delivers the best attributes both categories have to offer. Vault features a bold citrus taste with less carbonation than most sodas, and the high-octane refreshment of an energy drink."

Vault Zero, a no-sugar version of the brand, will accompany the drink on launch. Both will be available in 20-ounce and 1-litre bottles, featuring a raised 'diamond plate' pattern to provide an easier grip. More packages, including two-litre bottles and 12-ounce cans, will launch later this spring.

The launch will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign, including television, radio, outdoor and print advertising, as well as point-of-sale advertising featuring the tagline, 'DRINKS like a soda, KICKS like an energy drink.'

"Vault helps take things to the next level by combining attributes from traditional soft drinks and energy drinks to provide young adults with the taste, refreshment and energy boost they're seeking," said Stuart Kronauge, director, flavour brands, Coca-Cola North America. "Vault offers the best of both worlds in one appealing package."