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 |  Feb 07 2012, 1:30 PM

This Fiat 500 Abarth ad hit the spot with viewers, and showed the biggest increase in internet traffic during the course of the Super Bowl.

Edmunds revealed that the commercial showed the greatest increase of traffic to the models page on their site. Using measurements at 7 different points during Sundays game, Edmunds found that the Fiat section of their site had a 138 percent rise in activity at the end of the game.

The effective commercial follows Abarth’s “Small, but wicked” catch-phrase, and is sure to catch your attention in just 60 seconds.

The Abarth is going to be hitting North America some time this year, featuring track-ready performance and small car fuel efficiency.

Check it out in the video below.

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 |  Aug 09 2010, 5:02 PM

Dodge may have gone bananas with a recent television commercial, and it’s got PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) a-peeling to the automotive company’s better sense to pull the ad. But will Dodge swing into action? (Ok, we are done with the monkey jokes – we just couldn’t help ourselves).

The ad in question promotes Dodge’s “Tent Event” deals on the 2010 Charger, Journey and Grand Caravan. It stars a monotone narrator who plugs the deal and says that the “event could not be more amazing.” He’s upstaged by a chimpanzee that depresses the bar on a detonator, followed by a confetti explosion. PETA didn’t think it was amazing at all.

According to the group, when primates are chosen to become animal actors, they are routinely separated from their mothers prematurely. Furthermore, PETA claims that animals in the entertainment industry are beaten while in training and are generally sold to “seedy roadside zoos” when they are too large or old.

The ad was an innocent act only trying to be humorous,” Kristin Starnes, head of Dodge brand communications told The Los Angeles Times. “In no way did the brand intend to promote any questionable practices.”

Chrysler has decided to edit the ad, thanks to several complaints from animal activists and PETA. They had also planned a print campaign featuring the chimp, but has canceled it for the time being.

“PETA applauds Dodge’s decision to distance itself from cruelty to apes that are used and abused in entertainment,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Public attitudes about animals are changing for the better, so steering clear of ads that exploit animals is good for business too.”

[Source: Internet Autoguide]