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Doner, Miguel Cabrera Take the Road Well-Traveled (to Greatness) for Chrysler

If there’s one thing that Detroit has going for it right now, it’s the Tigers. And if there’s one thing the Tigers always have going for them, it’s the super-dependable Miguel Cabrera, arguably the best hitter in baseball. So, if you’re a Detroit car company, just slap Miguel Cabrera in an ad and you’ve got a winner, right?

Doner (which will inevitably be mocked as “boner” in the comments section) has tapped Cabrera’s talents for their latest spot for Chrysler. Alternating between shots of Cabrera, aspiring young baseball players training, and the Chrysler Town & Country while talking about how there’s “one road to greatness” and there are “no shortcuts” whether “you’re trying to become the world’s greatest player or build the world’s greatest car” the spot pretty much sticks to a well-trodden formula. Ending with the irritatingly nonsensical “Imported From Detroit” tagline, and the better thought out #NoShortcuts hashtag, the spot certainly feels familiar.

There’s really nothing new about Doner’s approach, but as a baseball fan, the spot works for me. The background music sounds like it was taken from a “serious sports spot” stockpile somewhere and the “work hard to achieve greatness” message is certainly nothing new for Chrysler. But Miguel Cabrera isn’t just a great baseball player, he’s a seriously likable one, no matter what team you root for, with a truly photogenic swing. So despite the tired tropes of the spot, I can’t find it irritating (except for that tagline). The hometown appeal is obvious, but having people associate your product with Cabrera is a good thing, no matter where they’re from. But please Doner, work on a new tagline. Credits after the jump.

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Fiat’s New Spot Shouts, ‘The Italians Are Coming!’

In Doner’s new spot for the 2014 Fiat 500L, colonial Americans are invaded by a group of red Fiat-driving Italians. To prepare, the American women strip off their bonnets and hoop skirts, revealing cleavage and cocktail dresses. A pub sign is replaced by “Club,” and teacups are shattered to make room for steaming espresso.

Sure, if the Italians invaded instead of the British, we might be less straight-laced when it comes to sex. Our government might engage in fistfights instead of filibusters. But the glamorization of Italy seems to me a boring cliche, an unfounded American fantasy that feeds itself. Because of American media, I expected to see beautiful women and smell-wafting pizza in Rome, but the actual trash-filled streets and knock-off style was less than alluring. The whole thing felt like a self-imposed tourist trap.

Like men in speedos on panoramic beaches, Fiat’s ad is slightly amusing, but I wish it had moved past our traditional perceptions of Italian “fun.” After all, it’s not hard to crack a joke at the expense of Berlusconi and his Bunga Bungas.

Credits after the jump

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