By on December 15, 2011

My war on Christmas gift-themed car ads has scored something of a victory, as AdAge reports that “creative spots for new luxury model automobiles that hyped the holiday have failed to perform effectively in the fourth quarter of 2011 so far,” according to surveys by Ace Metrix. And the accompanying quotes by the ad evaluation firm’s CEO Peter Daboll really sum up a lot of the problems with these 30-second cliches:

It’s astounding that four of the ‘top 10′ luxury automobile ads were below norm… many automotive brands have stepped away from good creative and fallen back on “Buy it now, you idiot” messaging wrapped up in sales events and bows. When we started looking at cars with bows and yet another Toytathon, it was enough, already. To suggest that someone buy a Lexus for his spouse in these economic times…”

You’ve got to love that sinister ellipsis, especially when certain luxury brands are suggesting not only that you buy your spouse a car, but that you buy them a cell phone as well, with which to alert them that you’ve bought them a new car…

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12 Comments on “Quote Of The Day: You Gotta Do More Than Put A Bow On It Edition...”


  • avatar
    docrock

    “You gotta do more than put a bow on it . . . ”

    At first glance, I thought that was in reference to Chevy transplants.

  • avatar

    I hate these ads…..almost as much as prescription drug ads

    • 0 avatar
      Sinistermisterman

      Yes but at least prescription drug ads have to list all the side effects. I can’t imagine the same for a car…
      “Side effects may include having your wallet regularly rinsed empty at the service department, hideous depreciation and an uneasy feeling that you’ll have to trade it in for a horrible loss in 3 years in order to keep up with the Jones’s.”

  • avatar
    mcs

    Here’s a Jay Leno parody of the Lexus ad. Unfortunately you have to sit through another ad before seeing it, but its worth it.

  • avatar
    GS650G

    Gee honey, I’m so happy you spent 50 large on a car last week and didn’t tell me. Hopefully we can make the payments.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      +1 and people wonder why the divorce rate is so high.

      I know a couple who actually did this: the wife decided their 2 year old mini-van was uncool and traded it for a loaded Ford Flex – all my herself one day out of the blue! Of course they were already massively upside down on the mini-van, so the payments on the Flex were in super car territory. It took only 3 months for the repo man to arrive and put a serious hurting on their credit score.

  • avatar
    VanillaDude

    These ads are advising that you buy their cars and using Christmas as an excuse to do so. Considering how well that first Christmas in Bethlehem went, it seems rather tasteless to suggest celebrating it by buying an expensive car.

    These ads look like they are speaking to someone who believes more in Santa Claus than the average person.

  • avatar
    ckgs

    Sorry guys, I just bought a used car coming off a 3 year lease. There are great deals out there since 2008 was a peak production year.

  • avatar
    70Cougar

    I know someone who bought his wife a silver convertible (Dodge 600 turbo) for what he thought was their silver anniversary. Turns out it was their 24th. Then they had a constant reminder of what a dumb ass he was sitting in the driveway (until it rattled itself into oblivion six years later).

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Every time I see this Lexus commercial I think about the spouse yelling “We can’t afford that”! “We need the money for junior’s college”! “What’s wrong with our Camry anyway”!

  • avatar
    Les

    What gets me about these ads is that they lead-in with the Mark (oh, excuse me, the ‘giftee’) being subtly clued-in by the use of something to play the ‘Lexus Theme Song’ at them. I didn’t even realize there was a ‘Lexus Theme Song’ before these ads.

    And really, if you’re the kind of person rich enough that you’d buy your significant other a car as a surprise.. would you really buy them a Lexus?


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