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November 2011
Mercedes Ambient Ad -  Blur


To launch the Mercedes-Benz 2012 C-Class Coupe, one was parked in front of a motion blurred wall, sidewalk, and billboard that read: “Looks fast. Even in park. The 450hp 2012 C-Class Coupe.” To complete the motion-blur illusion, real 3D models of a motion blurred fire hydrant, parking sign, and mailbox were created to be part of the street scene.

Photography: Philip Rostron, Instil Productions Inc.

Event Company: Newad Inc.

Ambient advertisement created by BBDO, Canada for Mercedes, within the category: Automotive.


Looks fast. Even in park. The 450hp 2012 C-Class Coupe.

Advertising Agency: BBDO, Toronto, Canada
SVP Executive Creative Directors: Peter Ignazi, Carlos Moreno
Art Director: Jonathan Guy
Copywriter: Frank Macera
Agency Producer: Kathie Hintsa
Account Directors: Steve Groh, Adam Lang
Account Supervisor: Diana Nelson
Production: Philip Rostron, Instil Productions Inc. / Hotsets Film
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Tomasz Dziedzic's picture


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Nike Diesel's picture

No wonder, since it's a BIG ripoff.
Can't be a lot people from the industry here, since it's been rated through the roof.
A friken shame, that's what it is.

One star - and I'm being generous.

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morse's picture

Very nice! Would love to see it IRL.

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chuckieT's picture

That fire hydrant sure looks fast when in park... and that sign looks fast... and so does that mailbox and that wall. In fact, the car and the ground are the only things that don't look fast.

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Nike Diesel's picture

Classic! :)

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andylefty's picture

Haha brilliant.

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stitchy's picture

did u notice that ppl r still posting GREAT comments, that they r JURUs in the business? none bothered 2 click the links u have provided... its a mercedes WAW!!!

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chinfeu's picture

LOVE THEM! Thanks!

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ablast's picture

This is no comparison whatsoever. The execution is terrible. All it is is a UPS guy made out of wood chips.

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donald's picture

done many, many times as a print ad

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ABBI89's picture

So true, i have seen it as print so many times

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Scrapenbaker's picture

reminds me on this student ad but still nice execution and it is for real :)

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vote4pedro's picture

I like the idea. It's a shame it wasn't theirs.

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David carson's picture

nice execution

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Roger Keynes's picture

I still like it.

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andylefty's picture

If it's done, it's done. Very nice execution though.

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atb2005's picture

There are absolutely no similarities whatsoever between this ad and the examples you've given above. Don't be ridiculous. Comparing this to some print execution where Photoshop was used is unfair. The Toyota spots, while alluding to speed too, are very different. The UPS ads are the only ads that bear some resemblance, but they don't look realistic.

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Spanky's picture

I disagree. The Toyota spot was the exact same idea and line. "It even looks fast when it's parked." They likely used that spot as a starting point and said, "how can we do an ambient execution." Because ambient is what everyone gets excited about in award shows these days. The UPS ambient is even closer in execution. It doesn't really matter if they look as realistic. It's the same idea.

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atb2005's picture

When one ad is a copy of another, I choose the better one. I still think that of all the ads mentioned so far, THIS one is the best.

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Nike Diesel's picture

I disagree. Most of us remember the Toyota campaign...
and Mercedes' ambient execution is not "better" IMO.
I'd rather say it's easy to forget. Because of lack of emotions and humor (to some extent), plus most of us remember the Toyota campaign.
The Toyota spots are so much funnier, and because of that, much more memorable because of it's humor.
And I rarely applaud any copycat, or ignorance. So, what Spanky said: "It's the same idea."
Hence, no standing ovation from my side.

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Spanky's picture

When one ad is a copy of another, I choose the original. I could go through a 10-year-old copy of One Show and improve every ad visually. But that wouldn't make my versions better. They would still be unoriginal knockoffs.

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+1 again :)

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Nike Diesel's picture

+1 @spanky

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Glut's picture

don´t know if it was done before but judging this i have to say it´s simple and clever

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Agree with spanky 100%. a rip-off is a rip-off. get original guys.

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ideas....30 minutes nahi toh free.

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