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Chrysler Hopes to 3-Peat With New Super Bowl Ad

Downplaying expectations after two touchdown passes.

by on Jan.17, 2013

Eminem rapped poetic during Chrysler's first Super Bowl breakthrough.

When it comes to the Super Bowl, it sometimes seems like the battle between advertisers can be as fierce as the fight on the field. But Chrysler has been a real standout the last two years, first with an unconventional, two-minute spot featuring rapper Eminem, then last year returning with Clint Eastwood.

With the game a matter of weeks away, Chrysler is hoping to three-peat with a commercial still being pulled together. But one thing is certain, with Super Bowl airtime more expensive than ever, the automaker will look to find ways to leverage its message by making use of social media opportunities.

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Olivier Francois, Chrysler’s chief marketing officer and the man behind the company’s stand at the last two Super Bowls, said thenext Super Bowl ad is still in the works. It’s been shot but it hasn’t taken final form yet, he noted during an interview this week at the North American International Auto Show.


Brands, Not Cars, Key Contends Fiat/Chrysler Exec

Have we heard this song before?

by on Mar.15, 2012

Fiat global brand chief Olivier Francois during the launch of the new 500L.

The idea that a car sells the brand doesn’t apply in the expansive world of Olivier Francois, Chrysler/Fiat’s chief marketing officer.

It’s the brand and its message that ultimately sells the car, Francois told the Automotive Press Association in Detroit. A lot of companies use cars to sell the brand but Francois has deliberately reversed the equation.

“The brand had better stand for something,” explained the French-born executive, noting he uses the exact same formula in Europe where he is in charge of the Fiat and Lancia marques.

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Francois also stressed that timing is critical. Chrysler’s celebrated Eminem ad, which was shown during the Super Bowl in February,2011, would not have worked a year earlier because there wasn’t any solid evidence yet of a Chrysler comeback. A year later it would have been considered “old news,” he added.


Chrysler Feeling Lucky (Punk) As Eastwood Ad is Restored

No explanation why ad was pulled.

by on Feb.06, 2012

The Clint Eastwood "Halftime in America" ad is returned to Youtube.

(Editor’s Note: Check back for more as we update this breaking news story.)

Chrysler’s widely-discussed 2-minute Super Bowl ad featuring Clint Eastwood has been restored on Youtube after being pulled down, for a number of hours due to what was described as a “copyright claim” from the NFL.

The problem is that neither Chrysler nor the NFL — nor Google, which operates the Youtube service — can explain what was, in fact, behind the supposed copyright issue or the temporary blockage of the socially-sensitive spot, dubbed “Halftime in America.” The unusual 2-minute spot, which originally aired at the end of halftime during Super Bowl XLVI, focused on solving the nation’s current problems rather than offering the traditional automotive hard-sell.

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“We’re investigating but we have no explanation for why it was taken down” in the first place, Chrysler spokesperson Dianna Guttierez told  An official with the NFL, meanwhile, said the professional sports league did not have a problem with the ad, hadn’t asked for it to be taken down and has since notified Google there is no dispute that should block the Eastwood spot’s distribution.