The March 11 earthquakes in Japan took a huge toll on all of Japan's automakers. And while some companies, like Nissan, are recovering quicker than others, it's not exactly something to brag about. Or is it?

Nissan's two most recent advertising spots tout the fact that its dealerships have a better inventory than competitors, like Honda or Toyota – two car companies hit much worse by the earthquake catastrophes. Speaking to Automotive News, Nissan's vice president of sales and marketing, Al Castignetti, states that while Nissan was affected by the disaster's aftermath, the company is faring better than others and his dealerships are very well-stocked at the moment – a 54-day supply in most cases.

Follow the jump to watch both of Nissan's latest ad spots, especially the first one, titled "Car Carrier." Then, let us know if you think Nissan's latest ads are fair game or a cheap shot by voting in our poll below. Sound off with your full reactions in the Comments, as well.








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      kmanning83
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh AB, always making something out of nothing.
        lostjr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kmanning83
        See also the article in today's Wall Street Journal re Honda's supply issues.
      Mdriftda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Omg altimas and maximas in every color! can I get one now!?!?
      Stephen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cheap shot or not it's a valid argument.
      Phontsolo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Funny how the car sale man in the 2nd commercial actually knows what he has in stock. haha!! That never happens.
      bchreng
      • 3 Years Ago
      All's fair in cars and sales I guess. It's not like Honda's not taking cheap shots of their own against the competition, (Hyundai?) advertising that once they get back to normal production, people won't have to settle for Honda-wannabes.
      Carnut0913
      • 3 Years Ago
      funny, saw one last night. didnt even think of the earthquake. I thought it meant more that Nissan was some hidden secret, or that no one wanted their product. maybe my bias against most of Nissan;'s designs apart fro mthe 370 and maxima
      saynt
      • 3 Years Ago
      And it's B.S ... seeing how we're waiting a month for our Juke to come in.
      tanya
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought the commerical was fair and not overrated.
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        ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        You should go search through all your stuff and throw away everthings thats not made in American.
        rwa325
        • 3 Years Ago
        "jap junk"? ~~~ (1) I assume that by "jap" you are rerfering to Japanese. If so, you are obviously an unabashed bigot. (2) If you can find any "junk" made by japanese companies, maybe buying it would be a good investment, since they haven't turned out any "junk" since shortly after WWII ~~~ they'd most likely be collector's items now. Evidently, in addition to being a bigot, you have been living under a rock since the 1950's.
          • 3 Years Ago
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      viper3ez
      • 3 Years Ago
      you sissies are so sensitive. nissan was also affected by the earthquake so if they have more cars in stock to sell, that is definitely a bragging right. they did not cause the earthquake, they did not hurt the victims with the commercial. all the commercial does is point out a "TRUTH" nissan has more cars to sell. if that hurts your feelings, look in the mirror
      SuperSkyline89
      • 3 Years Ago
      First off, all this anti Japanese sentiment is a pathetic. The country got hit by a horrible disaster and all you people have to offer is xenophobia. I'm embarrassed just reading it all. As for the ads, I do think they're a bit of a cheap shot. I like Nissan and all but Toyota and Honda are hurting because of a terrible event completely out of their control. I was actually quite impressed by how the Japanese automakers were rotating production to maintain the power grid earlier but on but this is sad. And the second ad, whoever made it must have been a fan of The Office because that Honda salesman was sending a serious Dwight vibe.
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