Toyota just released an interesting ad that's fake and real in a sense, appealing to "Back to the Future" fans all over the world. The ad features Jimmy Joe Statler and, of course, Statler Toyota.
While McFly and Doc go to 2015 in a time-traveling DeLorean, we approach the date gradually, and we've waited long enough for Oct. 21, 2015 to arrive. With Toyota and Bob Gale, "Back to the Future" producer and co-creator, working together, we will get behind the wheel of a Marty McFly-inspired Tacoma along with a hydrogen-fueled Mirai FCV soon.
"Toyota stands apart for their nod to the future and the past with the auto technology depicted in the movies. When Toyota approached us about helping tell a bigger story about the future and innovation with the Mirai, we loved the direction - and who can resist Marty's retro Toyota truck?" Gale said in a news release on Toyota's website.
But first, a little refresher about "Back to the Future" trivia. Michael J. Fox's character, Marty McFly, dreamed of owning a black Toyota Hilux, and 1972 to '95 models were sold in the United States until the Tacoma took over. Also, Statler Toyota is where McFly gets his truck, and the ad stays faithful to the scene where the truck is delivered to the fictional dealership on a flatbed.
In Toyota's clip, Statler gives us his obligatory sales pitch and then pulls down the curtain to show us what seems to be the Mirai FCV on the left and the "Back to the Future" Tacoma with the awesome KC lights on the right. It's not exactly McFly's dream truck, as the Hilux hasn't been in the United States for over about 20 years, but it's the closest thing to it.
On an interesting note, the number displayed on the ad can be called, and Statler will offer three choices, where pressing 2 will let the caller get a free license plate frame.
Hit up the 19-second mark to see what appears to be flying cars on the door behind Statler.