Every so often, car makers like to create publicity and drum up sales by making special editions of their vehicles to tie in with a popular film, or special events. Sometimes the result is a match made in vehicular heaven, but sometimes the marketing departments are given a little too much influence – resulting in some truly awful product tie-ins. Here’s a look at some of those special edition cars, which you can rank from best to worst for yourself!
SpongeBob SquarePants Toyota Highlander
Source: Toyota Bizarrely, Toyota recently teamed up with Nickelodeon to produce this cartoon-themed version of the Highlander. It features “a custom SpongeBob-themed exterior and an interior design that captures all of the beloved character’s high-octane energy”. Apparently.
The Dark Knight Rises Nissan Juke
Source: NissanThis Batman-themed Nissan Juke was created to celebrate the release of The Dark Knight Rises last year. It features a matt black finish and bat symbol insignia on the grille and headrests. Batphone not included.
MINI London 2012 Edition
Source: MiniCompanies were lining up to associate themselves with the Games last year, and MINI produced this special edition with the official logo on the roof and a glass etching of the London skyline on the dashboard.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro Transformers Special Edition
Source: ChevroletSadly this muscle car doesn’t transform into a giant talking robot like in the film, but it is kitted out with Autobot insignia and transformer detailing both inside and out.
After Eight Mini
Source: http://bit.ly/111OzcBA baffling partnership with Nestle in France produced this gem in 1991, an After Eight branded mini. The steering wheel even has a little After Eight logo.
Barbie Fiat 500
Source: Fiat/FacebookFiat teamed up with Mattel to make this Barbie-themed Fiat 500, which comes with lip glosses in the glove compartment and an LED-lit dashboard vanity mirror.
Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition