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Car Commercials, the good, the bad, and the annoying!

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,917
    edited October 2013
    AKA people who in this devolved economy are lucky to be able to afford used cars?

    For the whistling, I think it is supposed to sooth harried overstressed middle aged types, whistling being carefree and relaxing. Sadly, it probably works.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,980
    It's too feminine and polarizing to the traditional Jeep buyer.

    Remember that people said that about the Liberty too, yet all kinds of "beefy" guys bought one.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They don't even want cars. The closest they get to driving is playing car games on their smart phones and tablets.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071
    Heck, a young guy I know doesn't even have his driver's license and gets around by bike or bus. I guess that's feasible since he lives in the city, but elsewhere, it would be a major league inconvenience. If he needs to go anywhere far, he calls on me or a relative.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071
    It's hard for these kids to finance any kind of car on a minimum wage job while having onerous college loan payments that rival a mortgage. I can't imagine many of today's college graduates being able to purchase a new car like I did back in 1987. I guess they really WERE the good old days!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,917
    I graduated not much more than a decade ago, and it seems like costs were less than half, then - while wages certainly haven't doubled. I will still say the perceived lack of interest in cars among that age group is partly due to cost. It's not like transit suddenly became first world quality in much of the US.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,980
    edited October 2013
    Back in my day it was a given that you'd get your license as soon as you were eligible.

    One recent grad here went to school two hours away, and her dad insisted she get a license since they didn't want to do taxi service in order to occasionally see her at home.

    Seems like often it's the parents pushing their kids to get a license because the parents want to quit doing most of the driving themselves, at least out here where stuff isn't close together. Back in my day, parents wanted to delay teen driving, but rarely were able to resist the pressure.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    edited October 2013
    when I was 13 I was chompin' at the bit ta get my driver's license. My parents were pushing me to get a driver's license and part of the speech was "to get your own independence." I didn't need any pushing!

    I saved $1,000 and borrowed from Dad (and paid him back pretty quickly) the other $595 to buy my first car - a 1965 Ford Mustang with a 6 cyl. 200 c.i. 3-speed stick with oxidized purple paint and alloys. Before that I drove Mom and Dad's '63 GMC Jimmy pickup, Dad's '66 VW Fastback and Mom's '68 Buick LeSabre. They were a great intro. into automobiles and to this day I tip my hat to my parents for encouraging automobile travel.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,587
    no lack of interest by the kids in my house. They both wanted a license and car, and still are drivers.. My daughter really couldn't wait to be able to take herself places instead of depending on me to do it!

    of course, they are both driving "my" cars. My son will get something of his own as soon as he lands a career type job (since at that point I will repo the TL he is still using).

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    My son decided to take the X3, explaining that if he had an E36 M3 or a 330 ZHP he would undoubtedly get into trouble with it.
    He still asks to borrow the MS3- I just laugh...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,980
    "Thanks to Ron Burgundy, we know the 2014 Dodge Durango can do a lot of things – from produce 360 times more power than one horse to fitting 70 packs of gum in its glove box.

    “The Dodge Durango got a big boost from this month's fun new commercials featuring Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy character from ‘Anchorman,’ said Edmunds.com senior analyst Michelle Krebs. “Durango shopping soared on Edmunds.com after the ads launched.”

    Chrysler Group LLC sold 5,120 Durango models last month, a 59 percent increase from October 2012. Through October, the company reports Durango sales are up 50 percent compared to last year to 33,282 and interest in the Durango continues to increase online."

    Did 'Anchorman' Ron Burgundy help drive Dodge Durango sales? (mlive.com)
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    I love the "Camry Thrill Ride"- barely sentient passengers terrified and wowed by riding in a Camry over some bumps, hills, and banked curves...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,917
    edited November 2013
    But it's grounded to the ground, dontcha know! Of course, the majority will see a somewhat sporty set of wheels and some body cladding, and think "performance".

    The Ron Burgundy spots are kind of on the border between tiring and funny - I guess that character hasn't been played out yet. Not offensive.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,587
    those Durango ads did absolutely nothing to make me want to look at a Durango (that is the whole point of an ad, right?) though I doubt anything good.

    but, it did accomplish something. Made sure that I would never consider seeing the movie!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,980
    Well, some ads are considered a success if you just get the product name in front of people. So from that criteria, it worked. Even got my attention and I don't watch TV, adblock when I'm surfing, and only see about one or two movies a year. :shades:
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,587
    it is November 19th. And I am so sick of the Christmas commercials that I am turning into Scrooge I think.

    not enough to make me not want to look at cars, but a few brands are well off the list now!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,917
    I've had the TV on for an hour and heard a Lexus one twice already. Also heard a local one in California last week.

    But hey, no spoiled princesses and ostentatious houses yet this year.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,917
    It seems lately, car makers are caught up in the "Black Friday" hype as much or more as normal retailers. At Thanksgiving, my grandmother was complaining that there are too many car commercials.

    Lexus one makes me laugh, a woman in high heels operating a treadle sewing machine?
  • Michaell@EdmundsMichaell@Edmunds ColoradoPosts: 1,177
    Dodge ...

    A cloud of dust wafts across the screen. Voiceover in a deep male voice:

    "Not many kids dream of having posters of a Passat on the wall".

    The dust clears to show a Dodge Charger doing donuts.

    Graphic: "300 HP. 31 MPG."

    michaell@edmunds.com

    Moderator, Prices Paid and Leasing Experiences

    2013 Hyundai Elantra GT / 2010 Mazda CX-7 GT / 2014 MINI Countryman S ALL4

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