Forget the Thrilla in Manilla–the fight that will forever be seared into our consciousness is the What The Hell Is Goin’ On At Toyotathon. In case you missed it, that hyperlink will take you to our reporting on the absolutely bananas, utterly incomprehensible slugfest that went down at Envision Toyota of Milpitas near San Jose (hat-tip to David Tracy for his excellent location sleuthing. Needless to say, Envision Toyota wasn’t shouting-out their status as host of the “event”).
Despite some painful-looking haymakers, it was nigh impossible not to mine yuks out of Toyota salesmen going at it like they’re rehearsing for the next season of Daredevil, and dear readers you did not disappoint. Many of your bons mot focused on what might have spurred the (ahem) fast and furious fisticuffs, and we LOL’d with extra vigor at cargeek‘s suggestion that some hapless noob on the sales team accepted a Kia Amanti (the “Great Value E-Class,” as dubbed by our Mercedes Streeter) as a trade in. A teachable moment worthy of a right-hook! We also happily award points to live2ski for his pull from Fargo–an always-welcome reference goldmine–by recalling Gerry Lundegaard’s TruCoat hard sell. No one wants TruCoat, but they install that TruCoat at the factory, so …
You remember Gerry, right? Oldsmobile salesman? Nice guy, mostly. And here’s a Kia Amanti. “Mercedes? Never heard of ’em.”
Kia Amanti – public domain
And then there’s these two. Real Camry Owners Ryan and Diana Forte. Honestly, they seem super fun and nice, and even if you don’t recall precisely who they are, you’re undoubtedly certain you’ve seen them someplace.
Reader First Last certainly remembers, as does (hold on, this is tricky to type) DubblewhopperNdubbletrubble. The infamous Toyota Camry ad featuring Ryan and Diana has the happy couple explaining what they most like about the Camry, including stuff that guys like, like the rims and the sleekness to the body (we feel you man, we all want sleekness to the body). Not to mention the Bluetooth and navigation that Diana wanted (no guys want those). But best of all, the Camry–being a Sports Edition–feels really grounded to the ground. Just like Pink Shirt Guy!
It goes without saying that you’re all winners in our book, but for the singular honor of Comment of the Day, the gold medallion goes to First Last for being first to reference that wonderful Camry commercial we’ve enjoyed so much and are re-enjoying right now. Heck, even Ryan, Diana, and the interviewer (sounding very Seth Rogan-like) got a kick out of it!
Wow! I got a COTD!
I owned a Kia Amanti and it was a not a bad car, also we got a lot of WTF is that?
Welcome Pete, I guess…
A post from Pete the Social Media Guy sure beats the tar out of being stuck with a Kia Amanti.
(Not because they were terrible cars, but… just look at it. Who bought one of those over a related Hyundai XG?)
Yes, cargeek’s comment, shown above, gave me a hearty chuckle earlier.
Well, this is a first…I do have to say, I would of eaten popcorn and pull up a chair to watch this fight!
Right there with you brother!