Chrysler enlists another legend of Detroit for television ads; Motown founder stars in spots for special-edition 300

12/22/2012
ASSOCIATED PRESS
In the new ad, Detroit native Berry Gordy, who founded Motown Records, is driven through Detroit in a 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown Edition that ends up in front of a theater in Manhattan.
In the new ad, Detroit native Berry Gordy, who founded Motown Records, is driven through Detroit in a 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown Edition that ends up in front of a theater in Manhattan.

DETROIT — Chrysler Group LLC recruited hometown star Eminem for a memorable 2011 Super Bowl ad that introduced the tagline “Imported From Detroit.”

The automaker is going back to that well with an ad campaign it launched Thursday relying on another homegrown entertainment figure: Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.

“We are Motown, and this is what we do,” the 83-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says at the conclusion of the 60-second commercial that promotes both the new 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown Edition as well as an upcoming Broadway musical based on Gordy’s life.

Music producer Berry Gordy.
Music producer Berry Gordy.

Gordy’s line is a play on the Eminem spot that featured the rapper driving a sleek Chrysler through the streets of Detroit, proudly cruising by the city's landmarks. In his case, the journey ended at Detroit’s Fox Theatre, where he pointed to the camera and defiantly stated: “This is the Motor City, and this is what we do.”

The new ad features Gordy sitting in the backseat of a white Chrysler 300 Motown, parked outside the “Hitsville, U.S.A.” building in Detroit. Set to the Marvin Gaye-Tammi Terrell version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” the ad shows Gordy being driven through the streets of Detroit and eventually ending up in front of New York’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where Motown: The Musical will begin its run of preview performances March 11 ahead of the official opening on April 14.

Around the same time Motown: The Musical makes its debut, so will the Motown-themed Chrysler 300, which has a starting price of $32,995 excluding shipping. The limited-edition sedan comes loaded with 100 tracks from original Motown recording artists and features the Motown insignia on the front seatbacks.