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The new VW car crash commercials

  1. I think they're good to have on the air!

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  2. I have my reservations, but it's ok

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  3. I have my concerns about it and do not think it should air

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  4. It crosses the line and should be pulled immediately!

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  5. Other!

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  1. May 10, 2006 #1

    Pengwuino

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    I'm sure some people have seen it but in short, the commercials go something like this:

    Family or friends talking in a car, driving along, or something very casual and normal. Their conversation seems random enough. All of a sudden, you see (from an in-car viewpoint) a car/truck coming straight for the vehicle and in real time, BOOM, car crash. The commercials have had side-impact and frontal-impact accidents shown. The commercials, as it turns out, were done as a continuous, basically unedited shot with professional stunt drivers in non-modified VW Jetta's using government car crash guidelines.

    Some people are objecting to these commercials. Complaints range from it flat out being inappropriate, some say it can be a frightening experience for those who have been in car crashes before in their lives (the commercials give absolutely 0 warning that it's a commercial that has anything to do with cars and especially no warning as to the fact that a crash is going to occur). One can make up their own ideas as to what else might be wrong with such commercials.

    Others feel the commercials are a good thing. Some say the commercial depicts how random, unforgiving, and devistating such crashes can be. Others say its a good promotional message since in fact, the stunt men/women were able to walk away from the crashes just as seen on the commercials. It can even been seen as a way to raise awareness to those who don't appreciate what kind of chaos occurs during a crash.

    What's your opinion on them?
     
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  3. May 10, 2006 #2

    Moonbear

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    I haven't seen them, but from your description, I don't know why people would object. It's a commercial that sounds like it gets people's attention. I guess the only thing that really matters is whether it sells cars. It's probably intended to highlight their crash safety.
     
  4. May 11, 2006 #3
    Are these the same people watching an action movie after the commercials? The driver should get into road rage after the accident and take out his Uzi. I mean hey, that's what's going to be on TV right after the commercial anyways, right? Or is it the soap opera where "Chad" gets into coma from the car accident, or is it Oprah, talking about surviving horrible car accidents, or is it "WORLDS DEADLIEST CAR ACCIDENTS!" Give me a break. People like that should be made to wear white plastic helmets in public, because they are doooot dee dooooo, retarrrrrrrded. <I love mind of mencia> :rolleyes:

    oh yeah, ................and thread locked....
     
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  6. May 11, 2006 #5

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    You really need to watch it with sound. First time i saw it i jumped in my seat. It's a great commercial in my opinion.
     
  7. May 11, 2006 #6
    I love that commercial! You seriously do not expect that truck to out of nowhere just appear like that O_O.
     
  8. May 11, 2006 #7
    God. There nothing compared to the ads we have here. Mind you the ads we have are designed to scare the sh*t out of you. The scariest ones are about microsleeps, I'll see if I can find a link for you. Anyway, more or less the same idea as above, except the person is tired, they keep losing attention, next thing they look up and are headed directly into an oncoming truck. And in these ads, people don't walk away from the crash.

    edit: I can't find the really scary ones, but this is one from a newer campaign, aimed at zoning out as opposed to falling asleep.

    http://www.tacsafety.com.au/upload/fatigue_lost_30.mpg
     
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  9. May 11, 2006 #8
    Where are you from? In drivers ed they showed us a ton of ads from australia (i think thats where they were from anyway) and they were definitely designed to shock moreso than the ones we usually see.
     
  10. May 11, 2006 #9

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  11. May 11, 2006 #10

    brewnog

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    Not seen them, but they sound great.

    In my experience, drivers of Volvos and VWs gain such a false sense of security (given by smooth rides, sound deadening and an array of electronic assistance safety devices) they they tend to drive far less carefully than those in a biscuit tin.

    Alec Issigonis had the right idea. Scare tactics work!
     
  12. May 11, 2006 #11
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    I think he's from Australia

    I think Australia has to be the road safety commercial making capital of the world. It seems every week there is a new ad. Then especially on long weekends and holiday periods there will be a crapload of scare tactic ads on.
    But I have to say it doesn't bother me how gruesome the ads are.
     
  13. May 11, 2006 #12

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    I think they're good. It so important to remember that driving is NOT a game. It's a dangerous activity where you have to take on a lot of responsibility, and be willing to cooperate with others doing the same. I'm glad my kids have seen that commercial a couple times -- that probably drives the point home (sorry for the pun) more than my lecturing them about driving skills and attentiveness and seatbelts and.....
     
  14. May 11, 2006 #13

    Pengwuino

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    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THOSE COMMERCIALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  15. May 11, 2006 #14

    russ_watters

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    I didn't know that - that's pretty impressive.
     
  16. May 11, 2006 #15
    When you are with friends watching those, it can lead to good times :rofl: :rofl:

    Man... now I feel compelled to search video.google.com's entire server for those!
     
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  18. May 11, 2006 #17

    Pengwuino

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    Jaaason, this is your 98 watchamacallit

    ahahahahaha
     
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  20. May 11, 2006 #19

    Pengwuino

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    Gotta love those airbags! A little ironic how a rocket engine can save your life ;) Or is that a myth??
     
  21. May 16, 2006 #20
    Yeah, I'm from Australia. I remember there were some complaints about one of the anti-drug ads. At the end of the ad it showed a dead teenager in a body bag being zipped up. People didn't like that one, but it stayed on the air anyway.
     
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