Lawn gnomes, a sofa, building materials, and the fixings for a picnic. GMC’s latest commercial shows its engineer, Mark Voss, throw all sorts of objects that would normally be tossed around in the event of a hurricane at the automaker’s new carbon fiber bed in a “CarbonPro vs. Hurricane” battle royale.
Viewers will first see the commercial during the NFL’s AFC Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs playoff game on Sunday, January 19. A shortened version of the commercial will continue to play in the coming months. Viewers can see the full length spot below.
The long version of the commercial is 2:27 and starts out at a hurricane testing facility in Miami, Florida. The audience gets to see what happens when hurricane force winds encounter a small home. Then the advertisement poses the question, “What happens when hurricane-force projectiles hit our competitors’ truck beds?”
The setting then moves to a testing facility in Los Angeles, California where a competitors’ truck bed is hung from the ceiling where a gleeful Voss is watching as bricks, cement, lumber, and more is hurled at the bed with the force of a Category 1 hurricane wind (at least 74 mph). Scratches, gouges, deep dents, and holes ensue. “This is definitely a structural failure,” Voss tells the camera.
Then it’s the CarbonPro bed’s time. Similar objects are thrown at it and, to Voss’s delight, the CarbonPro bed withstands the impact. “No denting. No other structural damage … This is incredible.”
That’s when things take a different turn.
Testing resumes on the CarbonPro bed where lawn gnomes, baseballs, a loaded picnic basket, snow globes, potted plants, watermelon, a TV, and a sofa (everything but the kitchen sink, it seems) are thrown at the bed without it suffering any structural failure.
GMC’s message says, “If it can handle a hurricane, it can handle you.”
The CarbonPro bed is only available on the 2020 GMC Sierra CarbonPro Edition.