VIDEO: Toyota announcement coming on Back to the Future‘s October 21, 2015


October 21, 2015 was the date Marty McFly flew to in Back to the Future II, the date we were supposed to have things like hoverboards and Mr Fusion engines. And while the film’s hero may have done all his time traveling in a DeLorean, his dream car was a black 1985 Toyota Hilux 4×4. To celebrate this landmark date, Toyota is preparing something special. 

This ad invokes the fictional Statler Toyota, the dealership from which Marty gets his pickup. The teaser ends with two covered cars and a promise to “turn the future into reality.”

Amazingly, it seems that several of the film’s predictions, including flat-screen TVs, video conferencing and the Cubs actually having a shot at the World Series  have become reality. Some of them have even been directly a result of Toyota, like the Lexus hoverboard and an engine that runs on hydrogen (the Mr Fusion engine technically ran on the hydrogen found within the garbage).

Naturally, this is an ad for the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle, whose launch just happens to be October 2015. What’s more interesting, perhaps, is what appears to be a Tacoma with a brush guard and KC Daylighter lamps done up in the same way as Marty’s truck. Toyota has launched a minisite for the reveal, whose URL cleverly evokes the DeLorean’s license plate.

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10 Responses to VIDEO: Toyota announcement coming on Back to the Future‘s October 21, 2015

  1. Randy says:

    Been seeing the “25 years of Tacoma” ads. I think it’d be a fantastic promo to do a Special Edition Tacoma done up with all the stuff on the BTTF version.

    I think the Mirai is only going to be in California, so THAT’LL be a limited market, but the Taco is everywhere.

    Do it in BOTH cab styles.

    Hell, I’d like to see the graphics packages come back!

  2. ahja says:

    Bring back the standard cab 4×4! They seem to do it every few years then get rid of it again. Bring it again!

  3. “Self-tying sneakers?”

    “I’m waiting for those.”

    And…there goes my heart, breaking. Michael J. Fox, I wish I had a fraction of your dignity and sense of humor.

  4. cesariojpn says:

    Betting the Tacoma will just be a limited dress up kit. Nothing special.

    • toy_yoda says:

      A dress up kit, yes. But as a Toyota parts employee this will be awesome up sale parts if they allow them to be ordered. You can really only order the grill and skid plate for the current TRD Pro model trucks. The 2016 Tacoma does have a few new parts added to the catalogue and they come with a clip on the windshield to attach your GoPro.

      It is hard to tell but it looks like this trick is an extra cab to me. The truck is obvious, though what has me intrigued is the car. I am really looking forward to the full reveal!!

  5. John Roper says:

    I love that the first commercial has a Datsun 1200 coupe in it… 🙂

  6. Nigel says:

    Very cool !!

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