5 of the best car commercials (and 5 of the worst)
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We know that's not the case -- car commercials, like time, wait for no man, woman, or manbearpig. They flood the airwaves, the interwebs, and all points in-between with touching, hilarious, inane, WTF goodness all year long.
But now, as we're patiently waiting for the arrival of many 2014 models, maybe not so much.
And so, we've resorted to that nauseating dead-end of human thought: nostalgia.
We took a completely un-scientific poll of our fellow High Gear Media staffers to devise a short-list of the best and worst car commercials in memory. And by "memory", we generally mean "recent memory", because, you know, the old gray mare ain't what she used to be. We know we're going to leave out a few of your faves, but here goes.
The 5 best (In alphabetical order)
Chevrolet: "See the USA in Your Chevrolet (with Dinah Shore)"
At first glance, this clip looks like it's more about Dinah Shore than Chevrolet, but that jingle proved to be very catchy, indeed. A great voice, an earworm of a tune: it's like Making Memorable Commercials 101.
Ford: "Police chase" ad for the Mustang Shelby GT
We've seen this clip's punch line used many, many times in recent years, but Ford used it first -- and perhaps most successfully.
Lexus: "Champagne glass" ad for the LS400
Nothing says "luxury automobile" like a sleek sedan going nearly 150 mph on a dynamometer with a pyramid of champagne coupes balanced on its hood. Well, nothing except taking corners with a hard-working diamond-cutter in the backseat, but we couldn't find that clip on YouTube.