By Michael Harley

Model Kate Upton in Mercedes-Benz CLA Super Bowl ad teaser - screencap

Mercedes-Benz made news in December when we learned that Kate Upton, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit editioncover model, would be pitching the automaker’s all-new 2014 CLA at the Super Bowl next month. With Mercedes determined to target a more youthful buyer for its stylish compact sedan, choosing a beautiful 20-year-old pinup seemed to make good sense.

In order to tease us before the big game, the German automaker has just released a 90-second video with the very seductive Upton interacting with soap suds and her blonde hair. The real Super Bowl ad, partially filmed in New Orleans (where the game will take place) will feature the bombshell along with R&B star Usher.

Scroll down to watch the German automaker’s uncharacteristic presentation, and let us know if this risqué Carl’s Jr.-like ad direction is a good way to shake up the company’s staid image, or if you think it demeans the brand. Be heard by voting in our poll and adding your thoughts in Comments below.

For the record, we’ve watched this video more than two dozen times and we still haven’t seen a Mercedes-Benz. Maybe one more time will do the trick…


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Kate Upton washes 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA in glorious slow motion for Super Bowl [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:01:00 EST.