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Audi Hypes ’09 Super Bowl Ad, Books “Transporter” Star Jason Statham

Posted in Audi, Car Branding, Car Stunts, Cars, Luxury Cars, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pop Culture, Press Release, Stunts, Traffic, Travel by Suzanne Denbow | January 21st, 2009 | Leave a Reply |

Inspired by the success of their pithy 2008 ad run during Super Bowl XLII, Audi has begun hyping their newest ad spot featuring action-movie star Jason Statham, scheduled to debut on February 1, 2009 during Super Bowl 43 (we threw you a bone, we figured 80% of the RideLust readership was probably out behind the bleachers smoking reefer when the rest of the class was learning their Roman Numerals). Centered around the new business-class luxury sedan, the Audi A6, this year’s commercial will follow Jason Statham’s feverish, physics-bending race through time as he searches for the perfect luxury vehicle, the fruits of his Michael-Bay-awesome labors ultimately yielding the redesigned, supercharged Audi A6.

“After an exceptional last two years, the Audi brand has experienced unprecedented growth, not just in sales, but in awareness and excitement,” said Audi of America chief marketing officer, Scott Keogh. “Last year’s spot sent the message that Audi was truly redefining luxury. This year’s spot will ensure that everyone realizes that Audi is the best choice, period.”

PRESS RELEASE

Audi’s new Super Bowl ad, “Chase,” defines luxury for the new era
– 60-second creative will star Jason Statham
– Spot will include new supercharged Audi A6 luxury sedan
– Audi is advertising in the Super Bowl for the second year in a row

HERNDON, Va., Jan 21, 2009 – Audi aims to create as much on-screen excitement in its second Super Bowl ad as the players create on the field. Inspired by iconic Hollywood chase scenes, actor Jason Statham, known for his action-packed roles in the “Transporter” series, “Snatch” and “The Bank Job,” rushes from decade to decade to avoid capture, trying to find a vehicle to aid his getaway. He finds that several other luxury vehicles fail to get the job done. That is, until he finds the supercharged Audi A6, the company’s redesigned, mid-sized luxury sedan. This ad will mark Jason Statham’s first time doing a Super Bowl commercial.

In 2008, Audi placed old luxury on notice with its first Super Bowl ad in nearly 20 years. This year’s spot is a high-speed journey through luxury automobiles in American history, sending the message that some things are best left in the past. Audi chose this trip through history as the theme for its Super Bowl ad to send the message that, in the luxury automotive marketplace, Audi is the most progressive choice.

The new supercharged A6 is the latest in the line of successful new products Audi has introduced in recent years, including the stunning R8 sports car, the A5, the A4 and the TTS, as well as the upcoming Audi Q5 crossover, which will be introduced in the spring of 2009. These models combine to form one of the industry’s most complete and compelling product line-ups. Audi engineers its products to meet the needs of its consumers now and in the future, ensuring that while fads may come and go, Audi is here to stay.

“After an exceptional last two years, the Audi brand has experienced unprecedented growth, not just in sales, but in awareness and excitement,” said Scott Keogh, chief marketing officer, Audi of America. “Every new model we introduce is making more and more consumers stand up and take notice of the single best line-up in the market. Last year’s spot sent the message that Audi was truly redefining luxury. This year’s spot will ensure that everyone realizes that Audi is the best choice, period.”

“In addition to having had the opportunity to drive Audi models in several of my films, I drive one in my personal life, as well. I have always loved the mix of style and performance they offer,” said Statham. “I am thrilled to be affiliated with a company I so believe in on the biggest stage in American television.”

Audi’s advertising agency, San Francisco-based Venables Bell & Partners, created the ad, which was shot on-location in Los Angeles. The agency painstakingly recreated different eras in American history with costuming, lighting, film stock and period-specific automobiles to create a stunning depiction of the different eras explored in the ad.

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