Mercedes-Benz Shows It Can Take a Joke by Responding to SNL's Spoof Commercial

If you happened to watch the Saturday Night Live show over the last weekend, you might have caught a glimpse of a peculiar Mercedes-Benz commercial.
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It all started quite reasonably, so you'd be excused if you thought everything was in order and went for a new beer or something. Julia Louis-Dreyfus shows up dressed in black against a black background, with professional lighting and acting all serious. She delivers her speech in an overly theatrical manner, but then again who are we to judge the woman's performances as an actor? We loved her in Seinfeld, after all, so she must be good.

She begins talking about the wonders of the AA batteries, which sounds a bit like the '80s, but we'll bear with you Elaine because we like how you dance. But when she introduces the new Mercedes-Benz AA-Class, there is no doubt left: we're in for some comedy. Let's hope it's a good one.

Well, we thought it was, but we'll let you watch the clip below and make your own mind up. Apparently, somebody at Mercedes-Benz USA also thought it was clever, so instead of huffing and puffing and issuing a press release saying that Mercedes-Benz would never build a sedan powered by AA batteries - in typical German humor - it figured out a better response.

Taking to Twitter, the US branch of the Stuttgart company played along and praised the spot, while also noting that the AA-Class electric sedan comes with a complimentary recharging station. They also included a picture of this device, and it's predictably nothing more than your usual electrical outlet charger. You know, like the one you used five years ago for the AA batteries in your digital camera.

The MBUSA tweet doesn't state this, but we're sure it's just an omission on their part, so we'll make amends here: batteries not included.

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