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Commercial Time: Nissan Sunny and Stanza ad goof up

December 11, 2014 in Commerical time by banpei

This 1983 Nissan Sunny B11 ad is a real gem: 30-ish female person is tied up on a half sunken boat and almost gets eaten by an inflatable rubber alligator while two bad guys in white suits and white hats (both a Panama) watch it happen and cheer on the inflatable rubber alligator:
Commercial Time: Nissan Sunny B11
Then she shouts for help from Sunny and a Nissan Sunny B11 Turbo sedan rushes in and the guy saves the day.

This obviously would make a fine commercial in Japan in the early 80s and would make a horrible vintage cult classic nowadays. However keep in mind that in the very same year Nissan promoted the Nissan Stanza T11 in Japan with the following family in a Stanza:
Commercial Time: Nissan Stanza T11
Yes, both father and son are wearing the very same white suits and very same white hats (also both a Panama).

You can watch both videos below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Commercial Time: Nissan Leopard TR-X America

December 6, 2014 in Commerical time by banpei

When the Nissan Leopard TR-X (pronounced Tri-X) F30 was launched it clearly was aimed to fight off the Toyota Chaser GX61 (sedan and hatchback) and Toyota Soarer MZ10 (coupe) with this all new technology platform from Nissan. This Nissan Leopard TR-X coupe really was promoted as an American highway capable grand tourer coupe.
Commercial Time: Nissan Leopard TR-X America
The first (and second) generation Toyota Celica Supra was sold as the Toyota Celica XX in Japan, so the Tri-X could be a taunt by Nissan towards Toyota. BTW: Tri(ple)-X would nowadays imply something else. ;)

Why they branded it as being an American highway car is a mystery to me: they never sold the Leopard abroad. Perhaps they had the intention to do so, but that didn’t happen until the launch of the Infinity brand in 1990 and selling the four year old F31 as the Infiniti M30.

You can watch the full commercial below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Commercial Time: JDM Toyota Crown S120 in the Netherlands

November 15, 2014 in Commerical time by banpei

Yesterday I posted a documentary on the Toyota Crown and in one of the scenes I spotted a very familiar background:
Commercial time: Toyota Crown S120 in the Netherlands
You just feel immediately with your entire body when you see your home country used in the background of a movie, so obviously I immediately recognized the Netherlands in this documentary when they displayed the Toyota Crown S120.

As the majority of the documentary consists out of footage of old ads I started to investigate the Toyota Crown S120 ads and found the one that actually takes place in the Netherlands: Read the rest of this entry →

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Commercial Time: Nissan Skyline R30 Super Control

August 12, 2014 in Commerical time by banpei

Now before you actually wonder what this Nissan Skyline R30 Super Control is all about: the commercial below explains everything about the Super Control:
Nissan Skyline R30 Super Control

The Super Control seems to mostly exist out of hundreds of buttons without a proper description or labeling: Read the rest of this entry →

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Commercial Time: Riding hi, Suzuki Alto Works CA72

June 11, 2014 in Commerical time by banpei

I had a big WTF while watching this Suzuki Alto Works CA72 ad. In a typically 80s Japanese style the Alto is announced with a big Liding High, Alto Woks:
Commercial Times: Riding Hi, Alto Works CA72
Disclaimer: I’m not trying to mock the Japanese here and we all know they have difficulty with foreign languages like English. The funny part is that the ad is lacking the R and high is spelled hi. Now it feels like someone is saying hi with the Alto Works. ;)

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