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Best Ever TV Commercials

We put up a blog on our website the other day commenting on a car ad that ‘grabbed’ us.

OK, let’s confess right now, not many car ads have that effect on us. But this ad got us thinking – what are the really memorable car ads?

So we thought we’d enlist your help, we’ll start off with our three all time favourites then you can tell us what tickled your fancy.

Ad No. 1

We’ll start off with the Kia ad on the blog with track by Grandmaster Flash – a really catchy tune that we think grabs the younger set- just what Kia want.  We wrote about the Kia Ad a week or so ago.

Close to the edge

 Ad No. 2

Talking about a catchy tune, very little can beat the Mitsubishi ad that made a chart topper!

This track “You get what you give” by the New Radicals  was used as the backing track for this Mitsu commercial in 2008, and we defy you to sit still whilst you listen to it!

mitsubishi ad new radicals

Ad No 3

We admit that this is our all-time favourite, reputed to have cost well over 1.6 million dollars to produce. The Honda ‘Cog’ commercial started life on the UK Cinema and TV screens in April 2003 to advertise the Honda Accord. It immediately received a rapturous reception and was adopted world-wide by Honda. In fact it received more industry awards that any other commercial in history.

honda cog ad


So here are our three favourites, let’s hear about your best car TV ads.


  1. Michelle Lye says:

    I love all three of those ads! For me, though, it is the music that makes all of them!

    September 24th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

  2. Vic Blizzard says:

    Well even before I read you selection I was in no doubt that the best car I have seen in years ti the Kia advertisement as indicated. Show we all have great taste! Seriously, really can’t think of a better ad at this time. Most are just plain boring and we wonder why they waste their money. Would be far more beneficial to the car makers to offer very low or even interest free terms. I am sure that would bring the customers flooding in!

    September 24th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

  3. John Robertson says:

    The Honda ad is really great but I can’t stand the other two. Driving and rapping, yuck!

    September 24th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

  4. Richard says:

    This Peugeot TVC is surely the best ever…

    September 24th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

  5. Russell says:

    My favourite was the Hyundai Santa Fe ad from a few years back that featured a toddler driving, picking up his toddler girlfriend and then heading to the beach for a surf.
    Ridiculously, the ad was pulled due to a few “do gooders” complaining that the ad was promoting an “illegal activity”.

    September 25th, 2010 at 10:51 am

  6. David says:

    Thanks for your feedback everybody!

    Richard, I’d forgotten about that one, thanks for reminding us. It’s an absolute classic.

    Russell – is this the one you mean – Another great ad!

    September 27th, 2010 at 11:34 am

  7. Jeff says:

    Its hard to go past the BMW 3 Series ad which morphs through the generations of cars and the background music “love the way you move”.

    September 28th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

  8. Verena says:

    My favourite is No 3, really amazing, although it is a bit too long in my view.
    I also like the Hyundai Santa Fe and of course the Peugeot TVC is really great.
    I find the Mazda2 commercial from 2008 quite funny:

    October 9th, 2010 at 7:54 pm