Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

Can you spy all the famous cars in Walmart's new ad?

The commercial, which went viral with 17 million hits this week, stars Kitt from 'Knight Rider' and Transformer Bumblebee

The 'Ghostbusters' car features in the Walmart advert. YouTube
The 'Ghostbusters' car features in the Walmart advert. YouTube

Unless your life is particularly empty, food shopping probably isn't the highlight of your week, but having your goods delivered is a mighty exciting ride in the United States, if the new car-tastic Walmart advert is to be believed.

The "grocery pick-up" commercial, as the Americans would have it, opens with a shot of the Batmobile racing through the streets and closes, 90 seconds later, with Bumblebee from Transformers, having shifted from Volkswagen Beetle form to walking robot mode, striding across a Walmart car park. What a time to be alive.

Between those two big-screen icons, there are appearances from a whole host of well-known television and movie cars, from the Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance limo that transported the wisecracking, phantom-fighting crew in Ghostbusters to Kitt from Knight Rider and the bizarre dog-car-van from Dumb & Dumber.

Some of the cameos are subtle, such as the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, in sickly metallic pea, that limped along in National Lampoon's Vacation. See if you can spot them all.

Nerd note: later-comers to the Transformers party might be interested to learn that Bumblebee was initially depicted as a Beetle, before the product-placement-heavy, 21st-century Transfomers live-action franchise turned him into a Chevrolet Camaro muscle car. The former guise is revisited in origin-story movie Bumblebee, which is in cinemas across the UAE now.

VW's original Beetle was never commercially available as a diesel model, incidentally, which means that Bumblebee was mercifully unaffected by its recent emissions scandal.


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Updated: January 9, 2019 06:04 PM