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Best Fictional Character Car Spokesperson

PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,859
edited March 21 in Subaru
Someone posted that they should put Harry Potter in a Subaru Tribeca to spur sales, Crocodile Dundee has been used, so it gave me an idea to have a little fun.

Which memorable movie character would you use to try and sell which car? And don't restrict yourselves to current movies. What could you sell using Rhett Butler(Clark Gable) from Gone With The Wind, or Randle Patrick McMurphy(Jack Nicholson) from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest??

Only reminder I want to give is to keep it clean. I KNOW it could be very funny to use references to certain types of films, but we can't do that, and let's NOT go there. Other than that, let's have at it.

Would Indiana Jones sell you on Land Rover??
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Of course, to be funny, the commercial would have to have Indiana negotiating all the perils of modern life that a Land Rover could save you from... like getting through construction zones, picking up kids at school, etc :P

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  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    How much would it cost Chrysler to have Elmo hawking minivans for them?

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  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    I didn't take any pics of it, but Ford had big (red, naturally) stuffed Clifford dogs perched on a Ford Explorer at the Chicago Auto show last year and this year.

    -Brian
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    Put Patrick Stewart's Captain Kirk at the helm of the new Lincoln Zephyr (Capt. Kirk is classy and affluent, yet he's practical too!), or maybe being chaffeur-driven by Jordi (sp?). Yeah, the chaffeur thing is better, shots of the car all around, then the cabin, then him in the back seat saying "make it so" with his usual gravitas, and the car taking off quickly, smoothly, silently. :-)

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,906
    Uh oh.. Here come the Trekkies...

    Don't know his character's name.... but, I'm pretty sure it isn't Captain Kirk.. ;)

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  • derrado1derrado1 Posts: 194
    :P Not quite a Trekkie. But I grew up with one.

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,761
    I think he's more of a Citroen CG spokesperson:

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  • harrycheztharrychezt Posts: 405
    and made isuzu look like it had a chance of passing other japanese automakers, back in 87-88 time frame9and a brief priod about 3-5 years ago, they tried ot bring him back, and it failed to help sales) "Joe Isuzu", the "honest" car salesman!
    About 03, at the local autoshow, they had a cardboard cutout of Joe Isuzu at the Isuzu stand, trying to get people to look at the VehiCross.

    He put Isuzu(briefly) on th emap, so-to-speak, for sales.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,859
    While Joe Isuzu was a fictional character in an ad, I'm thinking more along the lines of characters from movies that haven't been used to sell cars. Like having the Terminator sell Hummers... oh yea, sort of happened already. :blush:

    OK, how about Sarah Connor from the Terminator pushing the Prius or some other hybrid!

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,536
    Lee Iacocca...oh, you meant WAS fictional, not talked fiction....sorry :P

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,859
    Was that a SHOT? ;)

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  • ubbermotorubbermotor Posts: 307
    Indiana Jones would have to do Mercedes, and he would have to be hanging off the hood at the time.

    The "Dukes of Hazards" for the new Charger. Hey, it would be a move up-marker from the "its got a hemi" guys and their trashed Duster (I think that used to be my car, and I want it back).
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    Speaking of Star Trek, Capt. Kirk (Shatner) would definitely be pitching some rowdy, rough-around-the-edges car like a Mustang or Camaro...

    Maybe an ad showing him getting off the Enterprise back on Earth, and getting into his 2504 Ford Mustang. "It's...got...plenty of...POWER!" ;)
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,144
    ...but certainly fictional was the ersatz "Harley Earl" used in Buick ads in the recent past. The real Harley Earl would never stop vomiting if he saw a Terrazza or Rendezvous.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,144
    ...the old public service ad about pollution with the crying Indian? Shoot, we could have Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, and Alfred Sloan each shed a tear as they look upon GM in its current state.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,859
    How about Inspetor Clouseau in a commercial where he's extoling the virtues of his new Hyundai? :P

    Could use the old standard of having him say Hyundai with a butchered pronunciation...hehe

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,144
    ...drive a Citroen 2CV? Maybe for what a modern version of a 2CV would be like a Scion Xa, Yaris, Fit, or Versa.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,859
    I don't think the C2V was his everyday ride:)

    I know he drove one as part of disguise... and it wound up in a swimming pool I believe...LOL

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,859
    Perhaps Lt. Columbo could star in a new Peugeot ad... like when he finally comes into a dealer to trade in his old warhorse!

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  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    ...there was a UK print ad for some econo-box that featured the actors from the British sci-fi show Doctor Who. A couple of them were in the car, and one (I think it was Tom Baker, the guy with the scarf) looked on in curiosity.

    The tagline was "it's bigger on the inside than on the outside."

    (if you're a sci-fi dork, you get it) :blush:
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    A few years ago, Ford had a limited edition dark green Mustang model it named Bullit. Would like to see Ford offer a current version Mustang in very dark green, with light high-perf V8 engine, no plastic body appendages, wheels similar to movie car, black interior, upgraded susp and manual trans, etc. The current Mustang body is close in appearance to the original 67 or 68 model they used in the movie.

    Thought I saw a Ford commercial in recent years with a Steve McQueen (Bullit) look-a-like. Would have this guy do the commcercial for this hoped-for latest Bullit version. Have been away from Ford for quite a while, but I would probably be very interested in this one if they made it.

    Think that McQueen had experience in race-car driving in organized competition.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,561
    I'm trying to think of a good MB spokesperson...too bad most are evil or dead (often both)
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    Dennis and/or Harry Callahan could extoll the virtues of full-size Ford RWD cars. Let's hope that Ford has a big upgrade coming soon for the full-size RWD cars. These guys could relate to most Americans mid-year age right up to golden senior. Ford could probably sign on Dennis, but Harry is too busy and rich to want to help Ford out. Dennis could use his New Yawk accent and talk about how smooth the new big Ford rides, while not being mushy, and how easy it is on his prostrate when driving over city potholes.
  • pernaperna Posts: 533
    The biggest missed opportunity in vehicle advertising was not having Rowan Atkinson, a.k.a. Mr. Bean, pop up in a Mini ad.

    Although, they seem to have done well enough without him. :P
  • jesses1jesses1 Posts: 9
    A number of years ago, when there was a British sports sedan called the Sterling (sp?) imported into the US, they had an ad that traced a Sterling being driven over mountain roads with very European scenery. The car screeches to a stop and Patick Macnee who played John Steed in the old Avengers TV show emerges from the vehicle and says, "Perhaps you were expecting someone else?"
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    I loved that ad. Made me want a Sterling (I didn't know much about cars then... :P ) in the worst way.

    I think there were 2 of those ads, one that featured a Bond-girl-type in scuba gear I seem to recall...
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,761
    Thought I saw a Ford commercial in recent years with a Steve McQueen (Bullit) look-a-like. Would have this guy do the commcercial for this hoped-for latest Bullit version.

    Through the magic of CGI, that was Steve McQueen driving the new Mustang in those ads.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,702
    If I may interject, Mini could use the character of Sam Lowry, he drove a rather small car (a Messerschmitt KR200) in the movie "Brazil".

    The sign said "No shoes, no shirt, no service", it didn't say anything about no pants.

  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    The Sterling was essentially a British-built Accura Legend, with an emphasis placed on "British-built."

    One of "Mr. Bean's" real cars is a Maclaren F1. 0-60MPH in 3.2 seconds, and a top end of 232MPH.

    It uses a BMW V12 with 627HP@7200RPM and 479 lb/ft@5600RPM. I guess Rowan is a major car freak, and can afford the stratospheric prices too.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    The Tazmanian Devil was pretty good for the Chevy Monte Carlo about 5 years ago. ;)

    Rocky
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,144
    ...but it would be funny to see Al Bundy promoting "the Mighty Dodge!"
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