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Christopher Bruce2013-02-01 15:33:29

Sex and Cute Animals Are the Big Themes for 2013 Super Bowl Ads

Automakers leaning on one of the two categories

 
 
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Mercedes hired Kate Upton to wash the CLA in slow motion

The Super Bowl is on Sunday, and it is the biggest (and most expensive) day of advertising all year in the United States. Some people do not even care about the game and just watch it for the commercials. 

In a move telling of the state of the US automotive industry, automakers will dominate much of the ad time on Sunday. Most, but not all, of this year's ads have been released already online in even complete or shortened form. The ads this year fall into two categories: sexy lady tries to sell you a car or cute animal tries to sell you a car. Here is a rundown of what has been released so far. 

Mercedes

Given that the Super Bowl is being held at the MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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Superdome in New Orleans this year, it makes sense that Mercedes would have a heavy add presence. 

This ad received the most buzz of any of the ones released so far. It shows American, lingerie model Kate Upton washing a new Mercedes CLACLA-Class Gen.1Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Gen.1Germany, 2013 > present75 versions
89 photos
in slow motion. That is it; Mercedes did not try to break any intellectual ground with this ad. 

Mercedes other ad is also for the CLA and also features Upton, but tries a little harder to be clever. It shows a guy ready to make a deal with the devil, played by Willem Dafoe, for a CLA, fame and fortune. It also features singer Usher, and the CLA racing a Mercedes F1 car what appears to be incongruously the Indy 500. 

Toyota

ToyotaToyotaToyotaJapan, 1937 > present155 models
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decided to combine the good-looking woman and cute dog approach with its ad for the new Rav4Rav4 Gen.4Toyota Rav4 Gen.4Japan, 2013 > present25 versions
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. It stars The Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco and a Chihuahua as a genie answering a family's wishes. 

Audi

AudiAudiAudiGermany, 1909 > present83 models
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also went with a version of the attractive women idea but with a twist. The ad has a young man going to prom alone. 

Volkswagen

VolkswagenVolkswagenVolkswagenGermany, 1938 > present98 models
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is bucking the trend and has neither attractive women nor animals in its ad. It just stars a guy who really likes his BeetleBeetle (modern) Gen.2 [A5]Volkswagen Beetle (modern) Gen.2 [A5]Germany, 2011 > present129 versions
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5 videos

Hyundai

HyundaiHyundaiHyundaiRepublic of Korea, 1967 > present79 models
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will be running four ads during the game. The first is a clever ad for things you do not want to follow on the highway. 

The second tries to give the GenesisGenesisHyundai GenesisRepublic of Korea, 2007 > 201439 versions
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sedan R-Spec more notoriety.

The third has two parents competing for who the more fun is. 

The final ad has a boy collecting a team to play football. 

Kia

KiaKiaKiaRepublic of Korea, 1944 > present52 models
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took the sexy lady approach last year with the Adrianna Lima in a man's dreams ad. This year it decided to go with cute animals instead. 

Fiat

FiatFiatFiatItaly, 1899 > present159 models
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also took the attractive women approach with an ad for the 500L500L 1.3 Multijet S&S LoungeFiat 500L 1.3 Multijet S&...Italy, 2012 > present9 photos
. It plays on the awkwardness that comes when two families meet. 

Subaru

SubaruSubaruSubaruJapan, 1953 > present34 models
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is doing something unique for its ads. They are not playing during the Super Bowl. The brand claims that 70% of the people who own its cars in the US also own a dog. So instead of paying for the very expensive ad time during the Super Bowl, it bought an extensive amount of during the Puppy Bowl. Puppy Bowl is a program that the TV channel Animal Planet puts on every year where instead of a football game, it shows puppies playing for several hours. Needless to say, Subaru's ads are very dog focused. 

Dogs with the new ForesterForester 4Subaru Forester 4Japan, 2013 > present12 versions
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A dog buying a car.

A dog financing a car.

Finally, the doggy car salesman

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