Tag Archives: Car Ads

Chevy Once Used the Power of Cat Videos to Sell Corvairs

The modern internet as we know it can best be thought of as a sophisticated global distribution system for cat videos and pornography, with some sideline abilities to order products and receive electro-encoded letters. The human desire to control emotions via recording cat actions on film, however, pre-dates the…

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It’s Time We Bring Back Car Advertisements from the 1970s

There’s something about the 1970s in particular that strikes a nostalgic chord in us. Whether it be the sepia-toned Polaroids of the just-out-of-reach past or the fact that we can recognize the start of our modern era in its changing times, there’s just that special something about the decade that makes it a slightly…

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It’s Time To Identify The Van Used On Target’s Cart Return Corrals

Okay, everyone, everyone, stop what you’re doing. Pilots, put your planes on autopilot. Surgeons, drop the scalpel and crank the anesthetic. Drivers, pull over. Everyone just get somewhere safe where you can concentrate, because we’re going to be identifying the van used on Target’s shopping cart return corrals. Try…

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The Buick Cascada Is A Lesson In How Much New Cars Suck For Small People

You wouldn’t think that having a lovely, absurdly fit woman shill your car would be a mistake, but the clever PR people at Buick managed to find a way. It’s not really the fault of the spokeswoman or the car, specifically; it’s more because of a trend in modern cars that makes an adult woman in a convertible look like a toddler in a bathtub.

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Here Are The Best GIFs Ever, Thanks To Old Subaru Ads

I’m very fond of the Subaru 360. It’s the perfect car for people who see a VW Beetle and think, “I love it, but can I get something smaller, slower, less safe, and with much less luggage room?” It’s a little charming kook of a car, and the kookiest kook is the Young SS sporty version.

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These Old Isuzu Gemini Ads Were Full Of Absurdly Spectacular Driving

The Isuzu Gemini (we had them here as the I-Mark, and it was also sold as a Chevy, Holden, Geo, and Pontiac all over the world) was a decent, if fairly anonymous little car of the 1980s. But, apparently, in the right drivers’ hands, flocks of them become something beautiful.

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This Is The Most Useless Thing To Brag About On A Sporty Car

Back in the rear-engine/air-cooled Golden Age of Volkswagen, since they kept with the same basic models so long, they amused themselves with special editions. One of these, the GT Beetle, I love for many reasons, but maybe most so because of one line in the brochure. About taillights.

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This Acura Ad Is So Crammed Full Of Horseshit I Can’t Even

You’d think some summer-blowout ad for the Acura TLX would be the usual, ignorable car-on-winding-road-with-VO boringness we’ve all grown the special ability to tune out. Acura has cleverly combated this by making their ads so full of subtly inane horseshit that it forces you to pay attention. To the stupid.

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Can We Make You Desire A Mustang II?

This is sort of an experiment. I want to know if, by just posting some vintage ads, an otherwise rational human can be made to have feelings of desire for a Ford Mustang II, widely considered to be the least desirable Mustang of all, and that includes a Fox-body Mustang your brother’s roommate once puked in.

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Which Hipster Cliché In This Jeep Ad Do You Want To Slap First?

Ever hear about the ‘punk rock’ episode of that old show about a coroner, Quincy? It’s a cult favorite now because of the ham-fisted way the punk subculture was portrayed, clearly by people who had only the barest of ideas of what it was. This new ad for the Jeep Renegade makes me think we’re at that point now with ‘hipsters.’

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