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Top 10 Offensive TV Car Ads


This post contains ten of the most offensive car commercials that were clean enough to post on BNET. Let me explain why I've posted them.

Last week, in the post "What Killed GM? Brand Marketing", I lambasted GM's focus on creating new brands rather than fixing fundamental problems. As a follow-on, I posted "Why GM Failed, As Told by GM's TV Ads" showing some real doozies from GM's TV commercial history.

While I was doing the research for that post, I viewed at several hundred TV commercial clips. Some of them were so offensive that I was amazed that anybody would put them on television.

I'm posting them for two reasons. First, because they're funny in an uncomfortably embarrassing kind of way. Second, they really do illustrate the absolute worst examples of truly lousy marketing.

READERS: I've put in polls, so you can vote on how offensive you think they are. And let me know in a comment if you've think I've gone over the line with this post.

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NUMBER 10
Impossible to believe that ANYBODY thought this was an appropriate idea for a car commercial...


Note: See comments #2 and #3 below.


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NUMBER 9
I don't think this guy is going to be selling much to the evangelical Christian crowd...



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NUMBER 8
Can't afford real spokesmodels? Just go down the local bar and pick up a few regulars...



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NUMBER 7
There are different kinds of offensive. This one is offensive to anybody with an ounce of good taste. Check out the apholstery! Egad...


Note: See comment #1 below.


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NUMBER 6
Here's one based upon a cartoon movie that was so racist even Disney won't release it....



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NUMBER 5
This starts as if it's going to be another sexy girl commercial, but ends up elsewhere...



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NUMBER 4
This is just an excerpt, but it's certainly a memorable moment...



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NUMBER 3
Apparently this car dealer is famous for running these ads. And you wondered why U.S. brands don't sell...



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NUMBER 2
Nothing like infidelity and the possiblity of catching an STD to make you want to buy a car, pronto...



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NUMBER 1 And finally, the apotheosis of the "this car will get you laid" school of advertising...


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