Sometimes you see an ad for a new car, and you think, “hey, neat” because cars are neat. But then sometimes you see an ad for a car, and you forget about the car entirely because what the hell were you thinking, car company???

Take Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” ads that the company ran for a while as an example. When they first ran, it seemed kind of boring, if anything. It’s not the worst thing in the world, I guess, for the “creatives.” But then Dieselgate happened, and the ad turned into a bizarre farce. Dirty diesels from Volkswagen weren’t a myth at all, they were real. OUR WHOLE WORLD WAS ROCKED.

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(Not really.)

But even VW’s weird ad campaign wasn’t the most ridiculous. Not when they first came out, and not even in hindsight.

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What was the most ridiculous ad you’ve ever seen for a car? Let us know in the comments below!


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