That Weird Mercedes Mario Kart Ad is Driving People to Dealerships

First and foremost, I apologize for the terrible car-based joke in the title.

In what has to be the most bizarre news of the day, Mercedes-Benz Japan has reportedly seen an increase in traffic (okay, okay I’m done) in its dealership showrooms following that uber-strange Mario commercial. Just in case you’ve never seen the brain-melting video, here it is in all its glory:

Mercedes-Benz Japan’s President and CEO Kintaro Ueno made sure to note that the success of the new Mercedes GLA is mostly a result of the new model’s merits. Nonetheless, there has been a legitimate increase in customers as a result of the video:

[The commercial] was quite a talking point, bringing a lot of people to the showroom. This is a new market segment for us, but it has exceeded our expectations. I can say that it’s going well.

Have you bought a Mercedes-Benz GLA in Japan because some muscular guy dressed as Mario was driving one in a 31 second video? Let us know in the comments below.