• Jul 21, 2006


The actress who put the "sex" in HBO's Sex and the City TV series, Kim Cattrall, is currently starring in a series of three Australian-produced TV commercials for Nissan's new Tiida (North America's Versa) in which the unremarkable little car becomes something of a sex symbol.

Well, apparently the diminutive Nissan is just a bit too racy for New Zealand TV - the carmaker has pulled one of the ads from Kiwi airwaves after a number of viewer complaints. We haven't found a clip of the offending spot, but we've got the next best thing - another ad in the series (above), which we're sure will give you the idea.

Here's the dialog from the too-hot-for-New-Zealand ad:
Cattrall (talking to a salesman): "Ah! That was amazing. Absolutely fabulous! I mean the great body and the way you moved it. Why didn't you tell me it was so big? I just wasn't prepared for it. You know what? I think I'm ready to go again." (Moves to car in showroom window) "Coming?"

[Sources: USAToday, Duncan's TV]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone who think this isn't good advertising needs to take (or re-take) Marketing 101. The best advertising causes controversy without crossing sensitive lines (race, religion, etc.). They get great exposure through media, and are then replayed over, and over on news broadcasts or on the internet, because now everyone needs to know what the ad is like. Job well done for Nissan's PR department in Australia/NZ.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I know some people from NZ, and they really are incredibly repressive when it comes to sex. In fact, the government censors are actually given vacations each year that are several months long, the intent being that this time allows the censors to sort of purify and heal the mental damage supposedly caused by all the horrible, unaccpetable content they see in their line of work.

      Pretty bizarre.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      I may not have been clear in my previous posts when I said an ads purposes is to sell the product I meant it should result in people handing over money to the company for the product not to mindlessly extoll the merits of the product.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The more relevant question is: Who'd do 'er?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the complaints came from Colin Powell's son the former head of the FCC whose still in therapy trying to recover from a 3 nanosecond exposure to Janet Jackson's left nipple. Repression and stupidity everywhere.....it's the Bush Dark Ages
      • 8 Years Ago
      Raise your hand anr repeat>
      Im not stupid, and i wont buy a car, just cause its advertise by a hot girl, i wont buy that condo that i dont need/cant affor to pay, just cause i have a crush on the hot girl thats selling it.

      Is there actually one costumer that can be persuade to buy a Nissan just because of her?
      Nissan, save your money, dont make silly ads.
      • 8 Years Ago
      kudos to bill.. although you don't need to prove yourself to random people on the internet that claim that you don't know anything. any logical person that has had experience in the advertising world would agree with you. I know I do.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why is this an issue? She is not attractive at all...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Mark had better retake Marketing 101 the purpose of an ad is to sell the product.

      This ad (or maybe it is because the car looks silly IMHO) has resulted in sales. Nissan Australia has changed the ads and cut the price to get sales going.

      If the ad is controversial and sells the product fine but controversy by itself is useless.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bill => Kudos to your astute comments. Women can't enjoy sex or their cars as sexual things. Men can enjoy naked chicks draped all over a car.
      danny and FinishedLawSchool => you are even weirder than any of us thought. now kim cantrell isn't a sexy woman, after being the sexiest woman on t.v. for four years. i immediately accept the opposite of whatever your opinion might be.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If this was too risque for New Zealand, I wonder what they would have thought of the Canadian website for the Mini last winter. That's where the black leather clad lady with a whip showed you the features of the Mini.
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