Anonymous cars in adverts - Steve Pearce
There are a couple of adverts where a car in question doesn't seem to be quite real, i.e. I can't pin it down to a make/model. Do the advert makers take a real car and alter the exterior to make a anonymous looking car so not to upset the real manufacturer?

The first one is for the Renault Scenic where the wife and kids get all excited, then discover it's the car parked behind that the husband/dad has bought...and they are not impressed. I can't work out what the car behind really is, it looks a small MPV but which one? The other is the Direct Line insurance advert with the bricks falling on the car, something about the grill says Volvo to me, but the rest of the car doesn't.
Anonymous cars in adverts - Brian Tryzers
It's the recognizable cars in adverts for breakdown services that tickle me: they're almost always from the low-status Asian makers (if they'll forgive me for lumping them together like that), and I suspect it's done that way on purpose. I can't imagine Volkswagen or Mercedes-Benz taking kindly to having their reputations for peerless reliability impugned like that.
Anonymous cars in adverts - Pugugly
"the other is the Direct Line insurance advert with the bricks falling on the car, something about the grill says Volvo to me, but the rest of the car doesn't."


I think that may be a E36 BMW with a Volvo grille.

Edit:-

Amazingly the advert appeared as I was posting. Its an E36 with a strange grille.

Edited by Pugugly on 26/05/2008 at 23:17

Anonymous cars in adverts - doctorchris
That's some act of vandalism in the bricks on car advert isn't it? That's how they describe the cover associated with it.
"Oh, I know, we'll vandalise that blokes car by dropping a ton of housebricks on it!".
Or am I just lucky where I live.
Anonymous cars in adverts - Muggy
What about the one with a crashed UFO stuck in the back of it?

Again, seems very familiar but can't quite ID it... [ The car I mean, not the UFO! ]
Anonymous cars in adverts - Boggy
>>>What about the one with a crashed UFO stuck in the back of it?

That looks a lot like a MK1 Mondeo Ultima - I owned one in the same colour and my kids were understandably paranoid about exposed supermarket car parks for a while afterwards....

The UFO is a 1998 series 3 low level Solar System class scout sports hatch by the way :-)

Edited by Boggy on 27/05/2008 at 11:58

Anonymous cars in adverts - Baskerville
Wasn't there an episode of Brass Eye, back in the twentieth century, in which they reported on kids 'bursting' shops by filling them with rice and then adding water?
Anonymous cars in adverts - zookeeper
" bev?" "kev?" didnt they upgrade a rusty old volvo for a newer one in that ad?
Anonymous cars in adverts - midlifecrisis
The Renault ad looks like a Ford C-Max to me (with suitable disguise)

Direct line definitely a three series.
Anonymous cars in adverts - Garethj
The advert for the Ford Mondeo (I think?) where all the cars float away on balloons uses slightly disguised old Fords.

I think there was a Peugeot advert a few years ago where the new Peugeot owner speeds past lots of old cars that were broken down, all Peugeots....
Anonymous cars in adverts - Halmer
The Direct Line one with the ufo/aliens amuses me.

"Someone has just run into my car. Will I lose my no claims bonus?"

Can't say that was the first thing that came into my mind to clarify when a bloke ran into the back of me.
Anonymous cars in adverts - Falkirk Bairn
The Direct Line one with the ufo/aliens amuses me.
"Someone has just run into my car. Will I lose my no claims bonus?"
Can't say that was the first thing that came into my mind to clarify when
a bloke ran into the back of me.


Memorable advert !!

It is actually E-sure advert so the quirky advert lost the message that it is E-sure. DL will be pleased.
Anonymous cars in adverts - Soupytwist
The vast majority of cars in that Mondeo advert were specifically made for the ad. If you search the forum I posted a summary of an article about the making of the ad that had appeared in Creative Review.
Anonymous cars in adverts - Garethj
The vast majority of cars in that Mondeo advert were specifically made for the ad.


Yes, but based on Fords if I remember right? Escorts and Sierras were in there for sure.
Anonymous cars in adverts - Nsar
I saw a really anonymous car in an ad last night - it was the Kia Cee'd.
Anonymous cars in adverts - Lud
There is indeed something mildly irritating about deliberately unidentifiable cars in advertisements.

But does no one apart from me remember sixties Rootes Group ads in which 'artists' impressions' were used to make the cars look bigger than they really were by populating and surrounding them with happy, smiling semi-midgets?

At least one American car maker used the same technique for ages. It might have been Nash, which had a penchant for the naff, but it might have been Chrysler which later took over the Rootes Group. While one can understand the technique being used to make a Hillman Imp seem more tempting to an unwary punter, it is hard to understand why anyone would have thought it necessary with the average sixties American car.
Anonymous cars in adverts - Halmer
Thanks FB

Obviously whooooshed over the top of my head when I saw it!!
Anonymous cars in adverts - Nsar
That reminds of a true story about a bloke I knew who went to look at the show-house on a new estate and made the developer an offer for the show-house complete with all the furniture it had in it.

Only when he moved in did he realise that all the sofas, beds, everything was about 80% normal size to make the rooms look bigger.

Er, I think he drove there.
Anonymous cars in adverts - Halmer
was it him www.nndb.com/people/796/000044664/
Anonymous cars in adverts - Big Bad Dave
I like the monster truck on the identity theft/credit card adverts. A proper genuine pick-up truck with huge wheels and not those awful scaffolding jobs with fibreglass bodies made to look like trucks.

Edited by Big Bad Dave on 27/05/2008 at 16:18

Anonymous cars in adverts - Glaikit Wee Scunner {P}
A recent/current newspaper ad has a VW Passat stuck in a traffic jam. I guess VW did not like that and this weekend's version had the rear wing of a car carefully planted over the same picture to cover the VW badge.
Anonymous cars in adverts - drbe
was it him www.nndb.com/people/796/000044664/

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"Nationality - Scotland"

Not quite right methinks.
Anonymous cars in adverts - L'escargot
I suppose the cars have to be anonymous to make sure they don't leave themselves open to litigation.
Anonymous cars in adverts - Halmer
There's an insurance advert with a young girl driving a new red Passat with her dad in the passenger seat. I assume that he's teaching her to drive then he gets out and clouts the lamp post with the passenger door.

They both laugh (I'm sure I would if I did that to my new Passat) but even more remarkably she managed to use the manual handbrake (I thought the new Passat had a button handbrake).

Bit sad that I actually picked it up.
 

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