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Car Commercials Of All Time

10 Of The Greatest Car Commercials Of All Time

When it comes to being remembered, advertising is crucial. If you produce a memorable commercial, then you’re onto a winner, right? Research has found that if you showcase your product on television, your advertising-generated profit can increase four-fold increase over three years. Also helping this is the growing synergies with online videos, with motion content up to four times more effective in 2016 than it was in 1996.

This makes it obvious as to why companies continue to bend over backwards to make sure that their product is engrained in the public’s mind. Whether it’s the Honey Monster munching away on Sugar Puffs, a belly that’s ‘gonna get ya’ advertising Reebok, or a monkey drumming away for Cadbury’s, brands in every sector put a lot of effort into perfecting their on-screen advertising. Here, with Lookers, who offer car servicing plans, we look at the best car commercials to have graced our screens.

I see you baby…

This Renault Megane advert has proven to be iconic. It saw the distinctive rear end of the car darting about the streets, while shaking derrieres flashed in and out of shot. However, it wasn’t widely appreciated when it hit our screens in 2003. So many wobbling rumps prompted 139 viewer complaints and the television watchdog slapped a ban on the advert being aired before 7.30pm.

Safety first

Volkswagen have recently had two adverts banned due to them possibly sending out the wrong message regarding driving styles. One, which showed a son growing up, resembled a daddy/daughter advertisement from 2013. However, while the recent clips show a father being concerned as his son is involved in near-misses behind the wheel, the past effort tugged on the heart strings a lot more – and avoided being chopped!

At the centre of the ad was the Volkswagen Polo. It featured a dad protecting his daughter throughout her life before eventually handing her the keys to her new car – a one she can feel safe in. What a great story line!

Going home

The message from Audi in their 2016 advert that sees a pick of their best models heading for Le Mans is:  Born on the track, built for the road. To the backing of a haunting version of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Homeward Bound’ track, the screenplay pays homage to the car manufacturer’s golden era in the motorsport, in which they won 13 out of 18 races, before they turned their attention to Formula E. The ad featured RS models, including the TT RS Coupé and the R8 Spyder.


Once again, Renault were making memorable ads when, with the help of footballer Thierry Henry, they introduced their new Clio design. In 2001, the Arsenal forward was brought in to help the stereotypical ‘women’s car’ become more gender neutral. Adding ‘a little bit of vavavoom’ certainly didn’t alienate the female viewers either, and the car – as well as the advert – is still a popular choice for the British public.

It’s good to be bad

The ad by Jaguar was originally aired at the Super Bowl. It had to be a hit as there was a huge audience expecting – and it didn’t disappoint. Featuring the Jaguar F-Type Coupé, prominent British actors Sir Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong portray the British bad guy culture that has been built up by Hollywood.

Singin’ in the rain

In 2006, an updated version of the Volkswagen Golf GTI was unveiled. In doing so, they effectively remade Gene Kelly’s famous singing in the rain sketch from 1962, but with a new body-popping dance routine. Finishing up his smooth moves, Gene eventually stops outside of parked up Golf GTI to bring an end to a well put-together commercial.


Transformers are popular – whether it’s the toys or the movies or, in this case an advert. Citroen released this ‘groovy’ commercial with a dancing Citroen C4 robocar in 2007 along with the slogan ‘alive with technology’. Next time you hear Jacques Your Body by Les RythmesDigitales, why not try to bust the moves as well as a Citroen?

Piece of cake

Back in 2007, Skoda focused on the UK’s baking addiction when they created a to-scale model Skoda Fabia made entirely of cake. With the slogan ‘full of lovely stuff’, the manufacturer forked out £500,000 on the advertisement in a bid to give the brand a new lease of life. The scrumptious-looking cake, which featured 180 eggs, 100kg of flour, 100kg of caster sugar, 30kg of almonds and 65kg of dried fruit showcased the car’s attractive design in a bid to leave viewers’ mouths watering.

What the cluck?

A very strange advert indeed, but one that sticks in the mind; once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee it. Step forward the dancing chickens of Mercedes-Benz. The German manufacturers simply use chickens to illustrate ‘stability at all times’ and ‘magic body control’ with their smooth motions going in time with the backing track.

Piece by piece

The Honda Accord burst onto the scene with a bit by bit ‘domino effect’. The Japanese manufacturers used every cog of the car to knock into another in a creative fashion before eventually introducing the new model with a pull-down banner. Great patience must have been had by the ad’s director Antoine Bardou-Jacquet to successfully pull off the masterpiece.

So, there we go! Ten of the best automotive commercials to have graced our screens. With so many of the ads being remembered more than a decade on, it’s clear that effective advertising is crucial. What brand will produce the next memorable video to help them sell more cars?