Car Keys Used as Engagement Ring in Toyota Japanese Ad

Just when we thought it was safe to call the Japanese normal people, they go ahead and do something really strange. In a commercial for one of their vans, Toyota Japan goes all Disney on us.
Two foreign actors play the roles of a couple of people in love, enjoying a meal in what can only be described a Disney movie palace. The man slaps a gigantic diamond ring on his significant other’s finger, and she responds with by putting the keys to a van on his finger.

It’s a bit like saying “you’re a man now, so give up on your Porsche, here’s a van to put the dog and the kids in instead.”

Adding insult to injury, it coms out of a golden fountain. In case you don’t know what that strange Toyota is, it’s called the Alphard, and it’s a relatively small MPV or minivan. It’s sold across Japan via Toyota’s Toyopet dealer chain with a 2.5-liter 168 hp straight-four couled to a 4-speed automatic gearbox.

It’s big, it’s underpowered and FWD, so it’s just perfect for the married man. Thank you Japan!
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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