Mad Men

August 2009
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Despite the dramatic innovations in diesel technology, America’s perceptions of diesel is still stuck in the 1960’s. To play off of this antiquated view, BMW partnered with Mad Men and Vanity Fair to create a 5 page pictorial as part of the automaker’s Advanced Diesel initiative. Shot on the Mad Men set and collaborating with the show’s stylists and art director, BMW placed a 2009 335d Advanced Diesel in the center of 1960’s Madison Avenue to juxtapose diesel’s perception with reality. The pictorial fold-out precedes Vanity Fair’s Mad Men article shot by Annie Leibovitz in this month’s Style Issue.

Forget the diesels of yesteryear. The days of dirty emissions, poor performance and noisy engines have gone the way of the beehive. Introducing the diesels of the future — the powerfully efficient 3 Series and X5 Advanced Diesel vehicles. These next-generation diesels produce 20% fewer emissions and get up to 580 miles on a single tank without sacrificing an ounce of thrill. This is diesel reinvented. Experience Advanced Diesel at

Advertisng Agency: GSD&M Idea City, USA
Group Creative Director: Jay Russell
Associate Creative Director / Art Director: Scott Brewer
Associate Creative Director / Copywriter: Ryan Carroll
Photographer: Anton Watts
Art Buyer: Shannon McMillan
Digital Artist: Midas Retouching, London

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Grace Bastien

Question to those in the industry... with this kind of advertising does there have to be a strong link/story for the ad to be effective? In dollar terms...?