Scion Ad Window Makes Viewers Look Like Tourette Sufferers

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Engadget reports on a new oh-so-clever Scion ad campaign featuring an interactive storefront window. Just in case passers-by might be a little self-conscious about gesticulating wildly in the middle of the pavement for no apparent reason, the window taunts pistonheads with the prospect of "releasing"– and thus winning– a tC Release Series 4.0 vehicle. (I make that two better than web 2.0.) While the geek factor is high, and I'm sure the ad agency used loads of bizzare buzzwords to justify the campaign, I'm not quite sure if violently dismissing bubbles filled with tCs sends the right subconscious message. No worries; the end of the video offers two testimonials from Ye Olde Men on the Street, explaining why this is one kick-ass marketing idea. Call me a skeptic, but what's the bet the unidentified enthusiastic interviewees are paid shills for Scion?

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  • Offroadinfrontier Offroadinfrontier on Apr 18, 2008

    "If only their cars were as cool as their advertising campaign." So true, so true.. I love my xA, but let's be honest - besides looking different, Scions are Toyotas, and that's saying something..

  • Mullholland Mullholland on Apr 18, 2008

    It is a great idea and nicely executed. But I'm with RF on the happy/hipster shills at the end of what amounts to an ad for an ad telling us how much they love ads.

  • Yankinwaoz Yankinwaoz on Apr 18, 2008

    The video is no longer available

  • Shaker Shaker on Apr 20, 2008

    Toyota dropped a ball of their own creation with Scion, possibly due to the fact that the edgy "brand identity" they attempted to establish was confounded by the popularity of a large number of their vehicles with "baby boomers".