A Very Common Word Was Invented By Dodge 

Dodge is known for producing many things, most notably cars, minivans, and sometimes large, lingering clouds of tire smoke. Oh, and the K-Car. But one thing I didn't realize was that they're also in the word business, coining an extremely common word way back in the 1910s. That word? Come on, you know I'm gonna make… » 12/16/14 9:35pm 12/16/14 9:35pm

Stupid Ad Shows Idiot Cramming Bags In a 911 Engine To Sell Luggage

Hey! Hey you! Idiot up there in the ad for Golla luggage! The one with your suspenders down like you just finished taking a really taxing crap? The one about to load his new expensive luggage into the engine of that Porsche? Yes, you. You're an idiot. A big dumb idiot who's about to get his clothes mulched. » 12/15/14 9:15am 12/15/14 9:15am

Is This Where Elio Got Their 84 MPG Number?

One of the things I've never fully understood about Elio Motor's still-not-quite-real new car is their focus on a gas mileage rating of 84 MPG. Why 84? Why not 85, or 80? What's so magical about 84? They almost certainly picked that number for non-technical reasons, since they don't even have an engine yet. Maybe it… » 12/01/14 9:25pm 12/01/14 9:25pm

Why Aren't Car Makers Using Dead Baby Animals In Their Ads Anymore?

An awful lot has changed in car advertising over the years, but perhaps most overlooked change is that car companies now seem to shy away from featuring carcasses of young dead animals in their ads. That's a shame, right? Wouldn't a couple of dead skunk kits really jazz up the hood of a Chevy Spark? » 10/02/14 8:00pm 10/02/14 8:00pm

VW's Ads Were Once Gloriously Delusional

Before VW's famous, understated and witty DDB ad campain from the '60s, they weren't that different from any car maker when it came to advertising. That means they didn't necessarily feel so restricted by pesky, silly ideas like "the picture of the car looks like the one you're selling." As a result, early ads were...… » 9/30/14 8:00pm 9/30/14 8:00pm

Infiniti Press Release Warns They're About To Do Something Embarassing

Have your preferred vomit-spitoon handy? Is your valet at the ready to empty it, post-haste? Good, then you're ready to read the latest pre-Paris Motor Show press release from Infiniti. You also may want to connect some belts to your eyes to harness all the energy you'll make as you roll them. » 8/20/14 1:15pm 8/20/14 1:15pm

This Ad For The Brickyard 400 Is The Greatest NASCAR Ad Of All Time

One of the great joys in life is getting to see evidence that someone has gone irretrievably, delightfully insane. Or, in this case, mensane, as in insane from over-saturation in insane men musk, which the Brickyard seems to be laden with. The mensanity evidence is all in this ad for Indianapolis Motor Speedway. » 7/22/14 1:09pm 7/22/14 1:09pm

Triumph Once Tried To Sell Their Cars As Furniture Replacements

Remember when you were a little kid, and how happy your racecar bed made you? Sure you do. Why should you have to give that up now that you're an adult in a tuxedo with an untied bow tie and a sexy lady in underwear waiting for you? You shouldn't, says 1970s Triumph. Not if you have a TR7! » 5/28/14 10:00pm 5/28/14 10:00pm

This Is Still The Best Ad For A Driving Game Ever

I'll be honest — I think we covered this way back in 2006, but I don't really care. This ridiculous commercial always feels good to trot out. There's the unrepentant '80s-ness of it, and the amazing realization that a "corporate executive" at one time would have driven a 4-door Rabbit. And, of course, there's the… » 5/06/14 11:00pm 5/06/14 11:00pm

What Chinese Carmakers Can Learn From Dumb Starbucks

Right around the corner from my house, Dumb Starbucks opened up. And it's practically all I've heard about all weekend. This was a bit alarming to me, as I'm accustomed to being the subject whenever "dumb" was discussed in my neighborhood. Like most people, I think there's a lesson here for Chinese carmakers. » 2/10/14 4:20pm 2/10/14 4:20pm

Here's An Exclusive Preview Of Mad Magazine's Fake Hybrid Ad

As a former adolescent male, I spent a lot of my non-masturbating teenage years reading Mad magazine. In fact, I think I first learned what the Watergate scandal was from Mad. So when Mad offered us a chance to have an exclusive preview of their next issue's hybrid car ad parody, I leapt at it. » 10/11/13 3:32pm 10/11/13 3:32pm

When Oldsmobile Claimed To Be Better Than God

Sure, God, you did pretty well with most of that nature stuff you made — flowers are sure pretty and, man, are anchovies tasty. But let's be honest here, you made some pretty big screw-ups as well. Like putting brains, of all things, inside horse skulls. What were you thinking, Almighty? Oldsmobile would like to know. » 9/19/13 5:30pm 9/19/13 5:30pm

Why Do Car Ads Show Car Salesmen As Subhuman Slaves?

There's something strange going on in car advertising. Something I don't believe we've seen before. It's a recent trend in car advertising to portray car salesmen as weak-willed, easily cowed, broken men, and customers as gleeful, sadistic exploiters of other people's fear. The more you think about it, the stranger it… » 8/15/13 4:00pm 8/15/13 4:00pm