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The corporate sponsors of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team – like Kia Motors America, Mercedes-Benz and CarMax -- may soon come back after the National Basketball Association banned owner Donald Sterling for life. Sterling was recorded as making racist remarks, for which he was also fined $2.5 million.
His remarks sparked nationwide outrage from people both inside and outside of the NBA. The remarks as well as remonstrations have led a number of companies and firms to cancel or suspend their sponsorships of the Clippers. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he will commence the process of compelling Sterling to sell the Clippers.
Kia Motors America, which is also the official automotive partner of the NBA, said that it appreciates and endorses Commissioner Silver’s “decisive action.” The carmaker has said that while its corporate sponsorship of the Clippers has been suspended, its relationship with franchise player Blake Griffin would continue.Read the entire article Lifetime ban on LA Clippers owner could entice sponsors to return
The alleged racist remarks by Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association, have led several corporate backers – like Kia Motors America, Mercedes-Benz dealers and CarMax -- to drop their sponsorship of the team. CarMax was the first sponsor to abandon the Clippers.
The used-car retail giant told ESPN that it finds Sterling’s alleged statements about black players and celebrities to be "completely unacceptable." CarMax has been sponsoring the LA Clippers for nine seasons. Following CarMax’s lead is Kia Motors America, which said it was suspending its sponsorship of the Clippers over the "offensive and reprehensible" comments allegedly made by its billionaire owner.
Kia also serves as the official automotive partner of the NBA and sponsors TNT's "Inside the NBA." Kia spokesman Scott McKee said in a statement that as fans of the game of basketball, the carmaker’s support of the players and the sport “is unwavering." Mercedes-Benz’s dealers in Southern California dealers are also abandoning the Clippers.Read the entire article Kia, Mercedes-Benz and CarMax drop LA Clippers backing after owner’s racist remarks
Matthew McConaughey, under the persona of Detective Rust Cohle, is not anymore the lone endorser of Lincoln cars. And that is because the automaker decided to get more brand ambassadors for the company’s image. For instance, they will include tennis superstar Serena Williams to represent exclusive online content, and finally, President Abraham Lincoln appears in its newest ad.
This is not the first time that Williams has driven a Lincoln. In fact, the first-ever car she purchased was a Lincoln Navigator that she named Ginger. After owning it for eight years, she then decided to pass the car on to her niece.
Williams said that when she first got her car, she thought the car looked great and she also felt safe in the luxury car she bought. She then said that when the opportunity came to work with the Lincoln Navigator, she felt excited and jumped at the chance as this reminded her of numerous amazing moments she had with her car. She added that partnering with a brand like the Lincoln Navigator comes from a genuine place.Read the entire article Lincoln’s new ad features iconic namesake, Serena Williams also named brand ambassador
German prosecutors are probing Porsche over fraud and false advertising related to emissions scandal
The so-called Dieselgate scandal may not be over after all, as carmakers – and their respective officials -- under the Volkswagen Group are still under fire from different government authorities. Just recently, it turned out that the office of the prosecutor in Stuttgart, Germany is placing under investigation a number of employees at German sports car maker Porsche AG and its subsidiary in the United States.
Due to their connection with the diesel engine emission scandal, some employees of sports car maker and its US arm are being probed by German prosecutors for fraud and false advertising. Stuttgart prosecutor Jan Holzner said in a statement that grounds have been established that these employees might have committed fraud and false advertising. Holzner didn’t furnish more details about the investigation.
As for Porsche, the German sports car maker said it was fully cooperating with German authorities, adding it had had proactively contacted prosecutors even before the authorities launched a formal probe.Read the entire article German prosecutors are probing Porsche over fraud and false advertising related to emissions scandal
A new BMW commercial from China captures Bruce Lee’s striking words about the power of water. BMW has taken an excerpt from a 1972 interview by Pierre Berton for the advertisement where Lee talks about the water’s significance to flow and crash. The meaningful words he left were beautifully interpreted in a span of 1 minute and 5 seconds.
During the entire 1:05 minute commercial, the iconic martial artist was speaking his mind in the background while the video of the M4 GTS’ new water injection was being played in slow motion. In his exact words, Lee can be quoted as saying “empty your mind…be formless…shapeless …like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. If you put water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. If you put it on a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow on it…or it can crash”. The commercial ended with “be water, my friend” as Lee’s parting words. The idea may be entirely philosophical but it makes perfect sense in the automotive context.
The new water injection system on the BMW M4 GTS was actually derived from Bosch. It works by spraying adequate amount of water into the engine’s intake manifold to improve performance. The liquid evaporates and cools down the chamber letting the turbo run at higher boost. As a result, the 3.0-liter biturbo 6-cylinder engine produces up to 464 hp (368kW) and 442lb-ft (600Nm) of powerful torque. Once the 5.0-liter (1.3gal.) is totally consumed, the engine’s computer redials the power output until such time the tank is refilled. The water should take up to 2,896km (1,800 miles) between refills as estimated by BMW.Read the entire article Bruce Lee is featured on BMW M4 GTS new water injection video advertisement
It is common knowledge by now that after American actor Chuck Norris was born, he drove his mom home from the hospital. Sounds impossible, right? Got you. Back in 2008, the internet was blowing up with various Chuck Norris memes that referenced his super human strength and immortality. Due to this unexpected fame that made him an Internet cult hero and a genuine web phenomenon, Fiat Professional decided to hire the martial arts expert as their new brand ambassador for a range of advertisements that will air in June, hoping to bank on his "perpetual toughness.”
The notable martial artist will now lend his macho image to Fiat Professional as the commercial vehicle brand's official spokesperson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Norris will also star in the Italian automaker's ads, and we are excited to see how the producers will give life to his famously powerful character. However, the ads will not be viewed in the United States due to the fact that the American martial arts star will advertise for foreign pickup and vans including the Fullback, Doblo and Ducato. But thank God for YouTube as we can see any hilarious moments make the must-see list.
Nonetheless, Norris is also the perfect person to advertise for Ram's truck, if the company so decides. Moreover, Chuck Norris is a respectable and well-liked actor by the public worldwide. Fiat Professional commented that a research test was conducted across Europe and it yielded results that named him up as the best brand ambassador when it comes to relevance, affinity and appeal for professional consumers. Officials within the Italian automotive company even confessed that Norris' amazing, ironically surreal actions, which have reached an impressive large audience, played a huge part in helping them choose the martial arts actor.Read the entire article Chuck Norris is tapped to be Fiat Professional brand ambassador in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe
Tesla has officially launched a fan-made commercial competition titled as Project Loveday. According to the company, the competition started on March 4, 2017, and will end on May 8, 2017. Winners will be revealed on May 22. While Tesla did post the guidelines for this contest, the rules are pretty straightforward which is to make a commercial video no longer than 90 seconds, and then submit it for consideration.
According to the guidelines, the top 10 winning videos will be both featured as well as shared on all the company’s social media channels. Each of the top 3 videos will be given extra promotion on the social media channels. Finally, the Grand Prize winner will be invited to a future product launch event by Tesla and will be given the chance to introduce that product. The company said it will shoulder travel expenses and accommodation for 2 people good for 2 nights.
Tesla also said that the contest is open to everyone who is at least 18 years of age. For those who are below 18 years and want to participate, they will need to get permission from the parent or their guardian.Read the entire article Tesla launches fan-suggested ad contest dubbed Project Loveday
To those urban Japanese clients searching for a more economical supercar to cater to their daily driving needs, say no more. Italian sports car manufacturing giant Ferrari has an answer in the form of the new GTC4Lusso T.
The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, the T of which stands for a twin turbo-charged V8 in the nose based on the power unit of the California T, was introduced in the Japan market in a uniquely built marquee located in Daikanyama, Tokyo, Ferrari indicated that the grand tourer is specially built for customers between 30-40 years old in the country known as the Land of the Rising Sun.
Lusso T was unveiled a year ago in Paris, France. Ferrari reported that these new clients want something other than what is conventional in its class yet not demanding an upfront 4-wheel drive. They use their automobile daily in different situations, mostly urban. Moreover, they may take their vehicles from the workplace, to an exercise in the shoreline, head back to the city to pick their children up from school and on to a romantic night cruise with their significant others.Read the entire article Ferrari’s ad campaign for supercar GTC4 Lusso T is targeting young Japanese
Volkswagen fans have long waited for the introduction of the first VW Arteon at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. And just a few days after, the company launches its first promotional video that has got us wanting more.
In the promotional ad, the Arteon features a chrome grille and LED headlights, with advanced dynamic cornering light, and an easy open trunk with a 563 liter boot capacity that extends to 1,557 liter if the rear seats are folded down. It also comes with an active information display, ranging from a 6.5-inch to 9.2 inch display. In addition, it is equipped with the 3Zone “Air Care Climatronic” that provides users with the perfect temperature, while making sure that it gives off clean and healthy air. Plus, it changes the temperature depending on the conditions outside the car. It also offers predictive cruise control and self-steering emergency assist for a smoother, more efficient ride.
More than that, the Arteon has a simple but elegant design. It has got a horizontal air vent that stretches from one end of the dashboard to the other. With high-quality leather, six-way adjustable seats, and a legroom of about 1,016mm. The higher models even have options to choose from three interior themes - black, dark grey, and a combination of both colours (in different materials and textures), with heated chairs with massage functions, and a panoramic roof deck giving you a better view.Read the entire article VW releases first video with the new Arteon
Ford Motor Co. returned to the Super Bowl after three years of absence. The last time that Ford had a commercial spot in the Super Bowl, it was in 2014. That commercial ad – lasting for 90 seconds – starred Rob Riggle and James Franco, spotlighting the Ford Fusion Hybrid.
While Ford’s previous Super Bowl campaigns focused on certain vehicles, its newest commercial ad doesn’t even feature a specific vehicle. It represents a different approach from previous Big Game ads. Instead, the carmaker is showing an ad that provides a glimpse of its high-end technologies that could provide the much needed mobility solutions.
Ford’s Super Bowl commercial ad is a take on the carmaker’s "Go Further" slogan. Set to the tune of Nina Simone’s "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free," the ad shows a number of people – young and old ones alike – getting into tough situations. It shows: a skier getting stuck on a lift; a little girl’s kite getting caught on a tree; a ladder tumbling down while its supposed user tried to get off the roof; a man whose boat malfunctioned in a middle of a lake; a basketball stuck on the rim; a young wrestler trying to win a match; a guy fixing his suit; a young boy having troubles taking off his shirt and a woman trying to reach the back zipper of her dress.Read the entire article Ford’s Go Further 90-second commercial ad aired at Super Bowl LI [w/video]
Kia Motors’ campaign for the upcoming Super Bowl LI is turning out to be an epic one while sending the right message across its intended audience. And that is not just because Melissa McCarthy is in this particular spot.
As a comedian, McCarthy has been one of the many celebrities who really know how to make people laugh. Her role as the sweet and caring Molly in the six-season sitcom Mike & Molly was one of the defining moments of her career. In this particular ad for Kia, McCarthy remains as sweet and caring, but for the environment – a character made more obvious by the fact that she drives a 2018 Kia Niro hybrid crossover.
Titled as “Hero’s Journey,” this 60-second commercial ad shows the saga of McCarthy as an eco-warrior. While driving her Kia Niro, McCarthy is repeatedly called to take up an active role in several environment-related protests. The first task involved a cause for protecting endangered whales from scrupulous whalers. McCarthy and her team were able to successfully place orange banners – with “Protect the Whales” sign -- on a whaling ship. As she and her team were making the escape, a large whale suddenly surfaced and smacked McCarthy’s boat, sending her flying back to the whaling ship.Read the entire article Melissa McCarthy stars in Kia’s Super Bowl ad for the Niro hybrid crossover [w/videos]
After unveiling four 15-second teaser videos about its upcoming Super Bowl ad, Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed a one-minute version – and it was both wild and iconic in several ways.
Just days before the Super Bowl ad craze, Mercedes was kind enough to release the long version of its commercial for the upcoming Big Game with the title “Easy Rider.” If the ad’s title does sound familiar, it is because it is a tribute to an iconic yet wild counter-culture film of the same title that was shown in the late 1960s. With the Coen brothers – famous movie directors Joel and Ethan Coen – at the helm, the Mercedes’ Super Bowl ad intends to go classically wild to feature its latest open-air offering, the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster.
Set in a rough-and-tumble bar, the one-minute commercial ad features a group of tough-looking bike riders – complete with the mean mustaches, black bandanas, fear-inspiring tattoos and black jackets – taking a pit stop from a wild ride. The ad starts off with one of the bikers selecting a track from the jukebox. Ironically, all selections point to only one audio track – “Born to be Wild” by the band Steppenwolf, which is basically the theme song of the Easy Rider 1968 film.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz returns to Super Bowl with Easy Rider starring Peter Fonda [w/video]
Soon, one of the largest annual games in the United States will happen, and Lexus will not let its live broadcast pass by without showing a commercial advertisement. After all, it’s the National Football League’s Super Bowl, one of the most watched games both in the stadium and in the television – a big chance to reach a massive audience in one go.
To note, Lexus missed the 2016 edition of the big game, the Super Bowl 50. But the luxury arm of Japanese carmaker Toyota Motors will be present this year. During the 2015 edition – the Super Bowl XLIX – Lexus showed two spots with durations of 30 seconds each. The first spot (Make Some Noise) was about the Lexus NX luxury crossover, while the second ad (Let’s Play) trumped the Lexus RC premium sports coupe.
For this year’s Super Bowl – to be held on February 5, 2017 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and to be primarily broadcasted live by Fox in the United States – Lexus will be flaunting its newly unveiled LC 500 luxury coupe. Lexus’ upcoming Super Bowl spot will be a 30-second version of a just-released one commercial ad – lasting for a minute -- titled “Man & Machine.” This one-minute features well-known movement artist and street dancer Lil Buck and the sportily elegant Lexus LC 500 luxury coupe seemingly dancing together. The duo matches their rhythm to the dynamic song “Move Your Body” by pop star Sia. The aggressive spot is directed by music video maker Jonas Akerlund, whose previous projects included Madonna’s Ray of Light video. Voiceover is done by award-winning actress Minnie Driver.Read the entire article Lexus’ Super Bowl LI ad will have the LC 500 and Lil Buck moving in rhythm [w/video]
Less than three weeks to go and the Super Bowl LI – one of the most awaited and most watched sports events in television – will commence on February 5, 2017. Of course, there are numerous people raring to watch this event on live TV, mainly for three reasons. First of the reasons is the sports itself while the second one is half time show. Of course, people also watch the Big Game because of the commercial ads.
For the 2017 iteration of the Super Bowl LI, a number of companies have already confirmed that they have purchased ad slots during the live broadcast of the game. These companies include several carmakers, including German premium auto companies Mercedes-Benz and Audi. But, for the second year in a row, BMW will be missing the Super Bowl.
Audi secured a 60-second spot for the Super Bowl 50 in 2016. The ad “Commander” -- created by Venables Bell & Partners – brought to the spotlight a retired astronaut who was able to find excitement once again after receiving a new Audi R8 from his son. Audi also launched a campaign in 2014 with the ad "Doberhuahua."Read the entire article Super Bowl LI advertising: Mercedes-Benz and Audi are in, but BMW is out
Driving the newest 2017 BMW 5-Series (G30), Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men) returns to his role as “The Driver”. In this latest installment, what initially starts as a simple transport job eventually becomes a chase involving life and death not only for the Driver but the passenger as well. Amidst all the explosions and gunfights, the Driver takes complete charge of the new 5 Series (G30) to ensure the safety of the passenger.
Making appearances in this newest short are Jon Bernthal, who currently plays the lead in Netflix’s The Punisher, and Vera Farmiga of Up in The Air fame. Playing the passenger is Dakota Fanning, who is well-known for films like War of The Worlds and Twilight Series. Manning the helm of this short film is Neill Blomkamp, who directed films like District 9 and Elysium.
'The Escape' officially went live last October 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm EST. It is available for viewing at BMWFilms.com or at the company’s official YouTube page and of course, right here in this article.Read the entire article BMW Films has released The Escape, latest chapter in the company’s The Hire series! [w/video]
When you’re a famous celebrity or athlete, a few things come easy to you – especially cars. We’ve got several celebrities and athletes who are known to own some of the world’s most expensive cars: there’s Steven Tyler with his Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, and then there’s Kim Kardashian’s $187,000 Ferrari F430, Nicolas Cage’s Ferrari Enzo, and David Beckham’s $407,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead.
It seems like money does come easy for these people who have gigs and paid endorsements, particularly more so for popular athletes so it’s no surprise that they are able to buy the vehicles that most of us could only afford to see in pictures.
However, there will always be unforeseen circumstances that will happen even when you’re a celebrity, athlete, a famous businessman, a politician or an ordinary person and road accidents are one of those circumstances. In 2008, famous football (or soccer, as what it is called in the U.S.) player Cristiano Ronaldo, lost control of his brand-new Ferrari 599 GTB while cruising along a dark tunnel. The left side of the car was in total wreck – its left wheel gone and hood in a total mess. But since the vehicle was a Cristiano Ronaldo car, the wreckage never stopped it from attracting buyers on eBay France. The car was up for grabs for €50,000 with only 1,800 miles on the clock.Read the entire article Pagani Huayra crashes in Nike’s newest ad featuring Cristiano Ronaldo [w/video]
Marking Kia’s 7th straight year commercial spot appearance in Super Bowl, KIA collaborated with Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken this year to introduce its next generation Optima, a standout in the midsize sedan category amidst the mostly unremarkable offerings from other companies.
The commercial playfully titled “Walken Closet” is scheduled to be shown during the fourth quarter of the games. It is considered to be the flagship of Kia’s marketing campaign across multiple platforms and will push the 2016 all-new Optima to the spotlight with its refined and sophisticated features, a sharp contrast to other cars in the same category that can best be described as dull and uninspired.
As everyone knows, there is no one quite like Christopher Walken, whose acting skills and breadth of roles across all movie categories easily make him one of the most recognizable actors globally. This makes Walken the perfect ambassador for the all-new 2016 Optima as they’re two of a kind. In the commercial, Walken reveals that for him, there are only two kinds of people in world – those who monotonously blend with everyone else and those who want more than just the ordinary.Read the entire article Christopher Walken and his closet are featured Super Bowl 50 ad for 2016 Kia Optima
The live broadcast of the upcoming Super Bowl 50 will mark the launch of Buick's first-ever ad during one of the America's biggest annual sporting event. The ad is part of the brand’s “Experience the New Buick” campaign, which was launched in 2014 to dispute consumers’ false perceptions of the Buick brand.
Buick will air a 30-second spot featuring the all-new Cascada luxury convertible, starring New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and model Emily Ratajkowski. The timing of the ad, Buick's first this year, is well-calculated as the brand is set to commence sales of the Cascada in the next few weeks.
The American carmaker is also launching two more new products this year, particularly this summer, the redesigned LaCrosse sedan and the new Envision compact crossover. Duncan Aldred, vice president at Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing, remarked that Buick managed to sell over 1.2 million vehicles globally in 2015.Read the entire article Buick confirms first Super Bowl ad to support launch of Cascada convertible
Smart’s “The Sound of Christmas” campaign is in full blast. Through this, smart is giving its fans the opportunity to exercise their creative muscle to fully express the spirit of Christmas according to their own inclinations. With their compositions, they can then create their own personalized Christmas greeting for their friends and family that they can share on their social media accounts.
Here’s the meaty part of this holiday campaign – popular songwriter Graham Candy has written the musical backup for the sound tracks, which will also include the Discoball smart as part of the instrumental accompaniment.
This is perhaps the sweetest way one can celebrate the Christmas season, by saying “Merry Christmas” in their own unique way. Specifically, people can create their own versions of the Christmas Song, “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” by combining four different soundtracks that they can find at www.smart.com/christmas.Read the entire article Smart kicks off “The Sound of Christmas” campaign, invites fans to create their own music
Toyota has released its latest broadcast spot for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. This multicultural campaign for the brand’s currently best-selling midsize pickup was made possible by two advertising agencies: Conill and Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles.
The campaign, which has recently begun, targets drivers who prefer to live an authentic and adventurous life with no boundaries. A life where mud sprays and dirt clouds are not considered an inconvenience but rather a rite of passage.
Jack Hollis, group vice president of Marketing, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., proudly shares that he is excited that the company will be introducing its all-new Tacoma. Hollis adds that while this model continues to be the leader in America when it comes to midsize pickups, the 2016 model builds on the last generation’s off-road legacy and at the same time provides the chance to experience new things.Read the entire article Toyota starts campaign for 2016 Tacoma with broadcast spots
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