Best Car Commercials of All Time
They make us laugh, they can make us cry, they amaze us and they can really make us want to buy something. Car commercials are known to push the boundaries of advertising; from creative graphic designs, new spins on classic songs, recreations of famous movie scenes, relatable humor or mini cinematic adventures. Sit back and enjoy some of the best car commercials to ever grace our TV sets.
1. Honda Goes Off the Rails, On a "Crazy Train."
One of Ozzy Osbourne's most famous songs, "Crazy Train"who knew the lyrics of the bat-eating Prince of Darkness could be transferred to a family sing-a-long so seamlessly. According to Automotive.com, Honda Pilots competition includes the Toyota Highlander, GMC Acadia, and Mazda CX-9, but they were no match for Honda's advertising.
2. The Force is Strong With Volkswagen.
A child's imagination is manifested into reality in this viral 2011 Super Bowl commercial, as the vehicle's ability to turn-on by a click of a button is demonstrated when a dad helps his son harness the ways of "the force." According to Edmunds, this 2012 German-engineered car was "made in America for Americans," with a fuel-efficient turbo-diesel engine availability and many standard upscale features as its selling point.
3. Hate Something, Change Something.
This video won first place at the Detroit Auto Show for the best car commercial in the past quarter century. This commercial takes a Disney-esque approach to explaining the development of Honda's new i-DCTi next-generation clean diesels. According to Stock Market Video Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc., a clean tech emissions control company revealed in 2012 that it began supplying catalysts for "next-generation four- and six-cylinder Honda Accord models."
4. The Godfather of All Cars.
How do you make a car seem like the most gangster car out there? Recreate one of the most memorable scenes from the best gangster trilogy of all time and include your vehicle in it. That's exactly what Audi did in 2008 with the debut of the new R8. It took the infamous scene from the first "Godfather" where a mobster wakes to find the head of his most prized horse in his bed, only this time it is the grill of what appears to be his car. As the Audi R8 drives off from the scene, we assume we know who the culprit is.
5. Boys Will Be Toys.
This '90s Nissan commercial shows what it's like for G.I. Joes living the fast life. From stealing Ken's Barbie, to weaving through giant cats while jamming out to an 80's Van Halen classic. The message? Enjoy the the ride.
6. Action, Drama and a Story.
Audi's Director of Marketing explains in a behind the scenes video that this 2009 Super Bowl commercial has everything a Super Bowl commercial should have: "action, drama and a story line." The 60-minute ad, starring action movie star Jason Statham, takes viewers through a high-action chase through time periods, with Statham running through the '70s, '80s, '90s and first decade of the millennium.