Ever have the feeling of déjà vu? Volkswagen has released a new video in Germany for the all-electric E-Golf, which is all well and good. The problem, though, is that it looks just a bit familiar.

See, there are a lot of parallels between this ad and a certain Chevrolet spot for the Cruze Diesel that aired around the Olympics. It could certainly be a coincidence, as both manufacturers want to point out that you're not going to be at the gas station as much if you buy their car, but the similarities would make this a pretty massive fluke.

We've embedded both videos below. The Chevy spot comes first, followed by the new Volkswagen ad. Take a look at both and then head into Comments and let us know what you think.




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      JeanLoup
      • 6 Months Ago
      ALL today automobiles of that size, look the same to me: so what's the fuzz?
      Smoking_dude
      • 6 Months Ago
      This is something completely different and apperantly the author did not get it. the e-golf will NEVER use gas. AFTER ALL THE YEARS there is finally an add that hints that VW is serieous about it. Ok it is no tesla but it is not bad either. Sadly no golf GTE for the US. still it is a complete turn for VW. I wish they go on and we will se e-passats and e-polos. and e-jettas. so this time I won't complain. the e-golf is real and no small fleet programme. btw chevy boasts the best non hybrid milage... well what if theyy would put this engine in a volt?
        offib
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Smoking_dude
        I was surpried too, especially with the e-Up!. The e-Up! and e-Golf in the eyes of a lot of people are too expensive, in a way they seem to be a year or one step behind, similar to the i-MiEV, LEAF and Focus BEV when they debuted for mass production (not really for the Focus) in 2011. Yet, despite that and that they use CCS which can be problematic to even experienced EV advocates, VW has gotten what they want. People buy VWs. It is very likely that the thousands of new owners of the e-Up! would've never known about it in the first place, they just walked in for a VW. Now with the e-Golf, that is some serious recognition and exposure for an EV, even more than what the Tesla Model S got over the past 2 years.
      Scott Satellite
      • 6 Months Ago
      The commercials share a common setting but otherwise are as unique as the cars themselves. One relies on a banal and passé pop culture reference while the other one tells the story in a way that appeals to a person with a brain. I will say the agencies did a good job of knowing their target markets and for one of the cars that is not a compliment.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Scott Satellite
        You sayin us Mericans are dumb or sumpin? Well! I never!
      mantanz
      • 6 Months Ago
      Well, I guess they both had gas stations... and people... and cars...
      danfred311
      • 6 Months Ago
      they might be similar but the electric of course trumps it
      skoobey
      • 6 Months Ago
      Oh, if only Cruze were as good of a car as Golf is...
      Smoking_dude
      • 6 Months Ago
      How the e-golf is made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhPtvOGR_vA this is serious, vw is actually producing them, and there are REAL customers buying them. first batch is on its way to norway.
        Jon
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Smoking_dude
        Thanks for the link! Great looking car. Nice to see a BEV that looks like a normal car people will buy.
        offib
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Smoking_dude
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        EVSUPERHERO
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Smoking_dude
        I like this car more after watching the vid. Looks like they produce them on the same line as the gasser. VW along with the other big OEM's have a few more years to milk the gravy train, after that they will have to put 200 mile packs in these good looking cars and compete with the Gen3 Tesla.
      Cabriofan
      • 6 Months Ago
      Das e-Auto? Lame!
      Eeti
      • 6 Months Ago
      The only difference here is that the Volkswagen ad is way better.
      itsme38269
      • 6 Months Ago
      Well, the Cruze commercial was stupid anyway, cause the guy still goes to gas stations all the time, whereas the e-Golf driver does not.
      Jim1961
      • 6 Months Ago
      Compliance car.
        Spec
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Jim1961
        I don't think you can call it a compliance car when it is offered in non CARB area. (Heck, it isn't even offered in CARB areas yet!)
      Lamborandon
      • 6 Months Ago
      dont really like how it looks, reminds me off those kids that think their cool in their golfs revving their exhaust in the parking lot smoking....
        creamwobbly
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Lamborandon
        "dont" "reminds me off" "their cool" "revving their exhaust" You deserve a lifetime achievement award or something.
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