You have probably seen a car pull a trailer, but have you ever seen a trailer pull a car? If the answer is no, you are about to, thanks to a recent Volkswagen advert.
The advert shows a plain-looking trailer pulling a VW Passat estate around the streets of Norway, leaving onlookers looking very confused and curious what’s going on.
VW made the video to promote its semi-autonomous trailer system, which uses cameras to steer the trailer into a space without any steering input from the driver.
The commercial has proven immensely popular, amassing more than 1.1million views since it went live in mid-January 2016, but not all of the press has been positive. A number of YouTubers have referenced VW’s emissions scandal.
“More misleading & cheating, well it is VW,” one said. Another chimed in with: “Good old VW. Always cheating.” Think its emissions-dodging ways will haunt the brand for some time to come, then.
To be fair to the German manufacturer, marketing is usually a tad misleading regardless of the company involved and the video is amusing, which means you may want to watch it.
So how was it done, you ask? Clue: The footage isn’t being played in reverse ─ the trailer is actually the car. So there. You can see for yourself in the making-of video below as well as the original advert.