CLASSIC CM: Nissan’s “Major Motion” commercials overflowed with 80s imagery

For your viewing pleasure, we at Japanese Nostalgic Car have uncovered quite possibly the most 1980s ad campaign ever implemented by an automaker. We give you, the Nissan “Major Motion” commercials from 1984. These aired in certain markets around the United States as Datsun/Nissan dealership promos, and they were doing everything they could to make Nissan look like the brand of the future. 

Incidentally, these also look like synthwave music videos and we mean this in the best way possible. Although there are is a whole ad campaign out there these are just some of our favorites.

I don’t think the Nissan Sentra has ever looked anywhere near as awesome as it did in this commercial. I love the vector style mountains in the background and contrasting reds and blues.

Of course the 300ZX always looks as cool as it does in this commercial. This is a perfect example of the appeal of the Z31. It’s so radical, and the 80s were such a great decade. Come Alive, Come and Drive!

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5 Responses to CLASSIC CM: Nissan’s “Major Motion” commercials overflowed with 80s imagery

  1. Nigel said:

    The Sentra ad has got the “Tron” vibe to it. (Watch out for lightcycles).

  2. Cho said:

    See them use to make cars not,CUVs,SUVs,but cars, Even the Sentra back then coud be cool and fun. Remember the Stanza cooler than the Altima to me. Get rid of Infinity get back to Datsun and cars,

  3. Cho said:

    See they use to make cars not,CUVs,SUVs,but cars, Even the Sentra back then coud be cool and fun. Remember the Stanza cooler than the Altima to me. Get rid of Infinity get back to Datsun and cars,

  4. Mark Newton-John said:

    Toyota had their jump, Datsun had “AWESOME”.

  5. Socarboy said:

    Thanks for the memories when those commercials were made I was working in the parts department at a Nissan dealer then. It was around that same time the “Datsun” sign came down and “Nissan” sign up.

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