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Remember Cadillac's controversial commercial for it ELR plug-in hybrid? Did you find it provocative? If so, that's a good thing according to the brand's advertising director, Craig Bierley. First aired during NBC's coverage of the Olympic opening ceremony, the minute-long spot returned to the tele again this weekend, bookending the Academy Awards on ABC.

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Those of you that took our tip and tuned in for last night's Academy Awards may have caught the latest iteration of the famous Grey Poupon commercials, featuring a pair of Rolls-Royce sedans and their condiment-loving stewards. The update to the 1981 commercial was only shown in part on television, however, as the mustard company directed viewers to its website to see the entirety of the Lost Footage spot. Of course if you didn't bother then, you can just scroll down to see the full-length two-m

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Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid – Click above for high-res image

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Tesla Roadster

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Automakers have been fleeing main-stream media faster than most new reality shows get pulled from prime-time programming. There are many reasons for the move away from big dollar media, including decreased TV viewers and online ads soaking up some of the budget, but perhaps the biggest reason is that cash isn't spewing out of SUV tailpipes any more.

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Click above for high-res gallery of 2008 GM Style Event

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Global Green USA will have 30 alternative fuel and electric vehicles ready to shuffle celebrities on Oscar night. And the Tesla Roadster is likely to be the headline attraction, probably outshining many of the stars on the red carpet. In fact, Global Green won't disclose who'll be in the passenger seat. They're going to the milk the publicity opportunity for every possible photo op.

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