Honda Accord

There have been many great car commercials over the years, but is it possible to define the best? Well, Ad Week recently took a crack at it by rating the top commercials of the year by looking at their view counts on YouTube, but Auto Express took a more democratic approach by putting the decision to a vote. Just after Thanksgiving, Auto Express came up with a list of the 20 popular commercials, and it tasked its readers with choosing the winner for the best car ad of all time. The winner? Honda’s 2003 commercial for its then-new European Accord titled “The Cog.”

While the ad never aired in the US, most car people have surely seen the impressive Rube Goldberg-style spot. In fact, the only commercial on this list that we saw on US television was the Volkswagen ad “The Force,” but many of the others have become viral videos, including transforming and dancing Citroën C4. Of the 19 other commercials that vied for the title of best ad of all time, only the Ford Puma “Steve McQueen” commercial gave Honda a run for its advertising money.

Scroll down to watch Auto Express’ top five commercial in order and to check out a press release, then let us know some of your favorite car commercials in Comments.

  • Honda Accord: The Cog
  • Ford Puma: Steve McQueen
  • Peugeot 206: The Sculptor
  • Citroen C4: Transformers
  • VW Golf GTI: Changes

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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