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You won't have to wait until February 5 to see the new Suzuki Super Bowl commercial, as it's hit the automaker's YouTube channel in advance. Featuring an Eskimo who trades in his sled on an all-wheel-drive Kizashi, it's fun and decidedly more upbeat than last year's marauding snowmen.

Still, we kind of prefer the snowmen, which were more unconventional than the Eskimo ad's predictable plot. This year's ad also embraces two of the major Super Bowl ad tropes of recent years: adorable dogs and bickering couples. Neither of which is likely to win Suzuki any points for creativity.

Regardless, we have to admit that sliding a Kizashi at opposite lock across the frozen tundra looks like fun, and we think the underappreciated Suzuki is worthy of some extra attention. Click past the jump to watch the commercial in its entirety.

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Suzuki previews 2012 Super Bowl spot on brand's social media channels prior to the big game

BREA, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2012) – American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) today premiered its 2012 Super Bowl commercial – entitled "Sled" – on the automaker's Facebook (www.Facebook.com/SuzukiAuto) and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/SuzukiAutomotive) pages. The new television ad, which emphasizes the premium features and unique all-wheel-drive prowess of the 2012 Kizashi sport sedan, marks the second consecutive year Suzuki will advertise during the Super Bowl. In 2011, the brand featured its popular "Wicked Weather" spot during the big game.

"We are delighted to celebrate our successful 2011 sales year with an 11 percent increase, by once again showcasing the personality of the Suzuki brand and our award-winning Kizashi sport sedan on advertising's biggest stage," said Jeff Holland, director of social media, American Suzuki. "The Kizashi's all-wheel-drive performance and luxurious interior make it the perfect choice for those looking to upgrade their ride."

Developed by El Segundo, Calif.-based advertising agency Siltanen & Partners Advertising, Suzuki's "Sled" television spot illustrates the exhilaration one can receive from upgrading their ordinary daily driver with a more entertaining mode of transportation. In this case, trading in a dog-powered snow sled for a sporty new 2012 Kizashi.

Set in an isolated mountain location, "Sled" opens with an early morning scene where an Eskimo and his dog sled team ride off into the horizon. As the landscape changes from morning to evening, the quiet still of the frozen tundra gives way to vibrations and a hint of something new in the distance. A Kizashi – accompanied by a strong hip hop beat – comes driving into view with one of the Huskies' heads sticking out of the front passenger window enjoying its owner's new mode of transport. The spot then cuts to the interior of the vehicle, revealing the other sled dogs buckled into the back seat and the Eskimo behind the wheel of the Kizashi – all of whom are digging the lavish accommodations and warm interior of the car, while bumping their heads and tapping their paws to the song's beat.

The Eskimo pulls up to his igloo and his wife comes out to greet him. With a puzzled look on her face, and in her native Inuit tongue, she asks, "Where's the sled?" The man replies, "I traded it in," (the conversation is subtitled in English).

"The secret to any great commercial is creating a spot that captures viewers' attention, but is also relevant and distinctive to the product and brand," said Rob Siltanen, CEO and chief creative officer of Siltanen & Partners Advertising. "Even more during the Super Bowl, people fully expect to be entertained with a story, and I think this year's Kizashi spot shares a classic husband and wife tale everyone can relate to."

Suzuki's 2012 Super Bowl spot will air both in 60-second and 30-second formats in the company's top retail locations across the U.S. "Sled" will continue to run following the Super Bowl in conjunction with a new Suzuki advertising campaign scheduled to debut in March.

In addition, starting on Super Bowl Sunday, Suzuki will give away BARKCODE® tags to the first 1,000 consumers to register on www.KizashiKicks.com/sled. Each personalized pet identification tag has a scannable 2D code, making it easy for pet owners to be reunited with their four-legged friends when they are lost or even misplaced during a natural disaster. With each tag that is ordered through the Kizashi Kicks website, BARKCODE®, on behalf of Suzuki, will donate three dollars to the American Red Cross1 for disaster relief and preparation to help people and pets. For additional information on BARKCODE®, please visit www.barkcode.com/.

1 The American Red Cross name and emblem are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion or political position. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. The American Red Cross logo is a registered trademark owned by the American Red Cross. For more information about the American Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org.

2012 Suzuki Kizashi AWD

The 2012 Suzuki Kizashi anchors Suzuki's versatile vehicle lineup, helping move the brand upscale without abandoning the company's traditional emphasis on content and value. The sleek and stylish sport sedan was recognized as No. 1 in owner satisfaction vehicle among midsize cars in J.D. Power & Associates' annual APEAL study, as well as the top sedan in AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Awards among midsize cars for the second consecutive year, and received a Best Buy designation from Consumers Digest, among other prestigious automotive accolades.

2012 Suzuki Auto Product Line

Suzuki is proud to offer the most affordable all-wheel-drive lineup available in the U.S. and maintains a versatile array of vehicles, including the spirited SX4 Sport sedan, multipurpose five-door SX4 Crossover, SX4 SportBack hot hatch, refined Grand Vitara compact SUV, award-winning Equator pickup truck and performance-oriented Kizashi Sport. Every vehicle in the line provides Suzuki's standout virtues of durability, leading-edge style and high-content at a competitive price. All 2012 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.

About Suzuki Auto

The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation was founded in 1963 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of approximately 250 automotive dealerships and numerous other motorcycle, ATV and marine distributors. With global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motor manufacturer. In 2010, SMC sold more than 2.5 million new cars and trucks and more than three million motorcycles and ATVs. In 2011, Suzuki was ranked #2 in total vehicle sales behind Toyota and ahead of Honda and Nissan. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 193 countries and regions. For more information, visit www.media.suzukiauto.com. Suzuki can also be found on Twitter (@SuzukiAuto), Facebook (www.Facebook.com/SuzukiAuto) and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/SuzukiAutomotive).

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Subcompact Culture
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it; I also like it better than the snowmen ad from last year. Kizashi is a great and very under-appreciated car. Hopefully this ad will help to get the word out a bit more and get some people in the Suzuki showrooms.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Subcompact Culture
        And they provide a better power train...bang for the buck isn't there, and it's definitely not to be put in the same line as Acura, Lexus, Infiniti I would totally buy one if not for the price, and power train options, along with less then stellar reliability reviews.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Subcompact Culture
        Not until they dump the CVT!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty good. BD
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Kizashi held up very well going from Tokyo to LA - The Hard Way http://www.motortrend.com/extra/1012_suzuki_kizashi_tokyo_to_la_the_hard_way/viewall.html Great car!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see a silver Kizashi about once a week on my way to work...every time I see it I think "wow that looks pretty good!"
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow.. It's not bad, I guess.. But it would be better if they include ideas like "fun to drive"..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Suzuki makes cars? Never noticed.
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Much needed attention" - more like much needed horsepower and a non-cvt transmission. With about 30hp more and a real transmission, this thing would be a subaru killer.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        I agree. I can't stand CVTs. In most cases, they're just not that good at harnessing an engine's true potential, and that's especially important with a 4-cyl like this one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need the 275hp, 6 speed AWD version with features for about $25-$28K. The car looks pretty good. I know people that enjoy driving one, but Suzuki needs a hook. They sell as many cycles as they car build. Put some spirit in their cars. It wasn't that long ago that Subaru were ugly little cars driving by college professors. Now the WRX and STI are so ubiquitous that they are mainstream performance by now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's amazing that this brand can continue to limp along in the US market. If they dropped off the planet tomorrow, no one would notice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The wife and I each have Kizashi's. We got hers last Nov and I liked it so much we got a second one this past weekend. Great cars, both loaded AWD Sport models, they handle like they are on rails!! It's one FUN car to drive!
      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Kizashis is easily the coolest mid-size sedan. I would like a red 6-speed standard transmissioned-Kizashi. These cars also look good in silver. I test drove one in the spring of 2010 near Lost Wages, was a great driving rig-smoothed over bumps nicely.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Kizashi is a great car without a great name. It does need additional HP and better MPG but both a ok. Suzuki has a capacity issue, they build all they can and they sell them where they make the most money and that is not the U.S. too bad, hope they stay and bring in some additional models, the vehiicles are rock sold with a great warranty. People I know who have them, 6 people I think, love them as long as Suzuki built them and not Daewoo. That was a mistake to have Daewoo build cars from them.
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