By on January 31, 2008

carscom.jpgDo you like violent land acquisition games? You're in luck! And we even know the ad schedule for this weekend's Bowl of Superness; the playbook leaked out onto the net (was it secret to begin with?). Not surprisingly– considering the perks (Percs?) bestowed upon the top brass funding the athletic endeavor– the auto industry will be attempting to divert you from the salsa. The cost for 30-seconds of your (and a billion of your friends') time: $2.7m. Or less. Here's the run down.

First Quarter:
Audi finally unleashes the ad that's supposed to redefine luxury: "Audi selected The Godfather as a thematic foundation for its Super Bowl ad because the film expresses the idea of a new power rising in an established hierarchy." Stop smoking the ad crack boys; the Godfather is about a bunch of hoodlums killing hoodlums to become the top hoodlums. How's that for a business plan? Cars.com uses their 30 seconds of fame to persuade you to visit their slow, boring, bloated website to increase your buying confidence. I'm not hotlinking their page because I'd have to call it tepid-linking, and that doesn't sound right. Bridgestone will remind you that tires are important, and theirs are worth buying.

Second quarter:
Rumor had it that Chevy was going to try to keep viewers from heading to the toilet by explaining the transition from gas-friendly to gas-free. Now GM's spot will show one or more hybrids from Chevy, Saturn or GMC. Toyota will debut the new Corolla. Here's hoping the game is still exciting.

Third Quarter:
More Bridgestone, then more Cars.com. The Cars.com ad will include Alice Cooper and Richard Simmons having sex in a Chevrolet HHR. Or something like that. Hyundai really will attempt to redefine luxury, launching the new Genesis rear wheel-drive budget luxury sedan. The ad will attempt to make Mercedes, BMW and Lexus owners feel like they're suckers. Hyundai will take a second bite of the advertising apple to present… It's OK honey, I'll get the beer.

Fourth Quarter:
Toyota's 30-second spot about the Sequoia will be "family focused." As Toyota is already airing a family focused Sequoia ad, perhaps they're moving from high mileage to recycling.

[See the rundown here. TTAC will provide post-game Audi ad analysis on Monday]

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7 Comments on “Your Guide to the Superbowl of Auto Ads...”


  • avatar
    Virtual Insanity

    I’m looking forward to a good Bridgestone add. I love my Potenzas, even if I’m gonna have to switch to Toyos here shortly. The auto adds on the Super Bowl have never been that great to me. I liked the FedEX adds of a few years back where the guy gets crushed by a dynosaur. And the beer wars will always be fun.

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    I miss the Bud Bowls. The ‘Office Linebacker’ campaign that Reebok had a few years back was great too.

  • avatar
    Virtual Insanity

    Terry Tate FTMFW.

  • avatar
    Justin Berkowitz

    TERRY TATE! I forgot about those! Some of the best Superbowl commercials (and the resulting post-superbowl series of commercial) in my lifetime.

  • avatar
    BabyM

    I’m showing my age, but remember the Larry Byrd vs. Michael Jordan basket-shooting contest? “Off the freeway, through the doors, off the upper deck, off the scoreboard . . . nothin’ but net.”

  • avatar
    Virtual Insanity

    BabyM: Yup, I remember those.

  • avatar
    BKW

    First Quarter: New Audi ad defines luxury, but does the car? Like 1000′s of ads that have gone before it…this ad will be forgotten before the remote is turned off.

    Second Quarter: GM introduces new hybrids…yawn.

    Halftime: With the world watching, former Ford prez Petersen tries to come up with an answer to a question once asked by a reporter: “If Quality is Job 1, what is Job 2?” Just like before, he stands there…dumbfounded.

    Third Quarter: Tata Motors asks 70 million viewers to respond to a poll on whether they should buy Jaguar & Land Rover from Ford..or not.

    Fourth Quarter: Cars.com spends mega-bucks for an ad on how to find useful info on their site. Good Luck.


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