Volkswagen Jetta Commercial – 2012 Is It Fast?

Artist: Ted Nugent
Song in Commercial: Stranglehold

Stranglehold - Ted Nugent

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Volkswagen Commercial Description

Commercial for the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta car commercial where we see someone as a boy, a teen, a young man, then an adult with a baby.
At the bike store as a boy:

Boy: Is it fast?
Bike salesman: It’s got 10 speeds my friend.

As a teen buying a moped:

Teen: Is it fast?
Moped Guy: It’s got a lightning bolt on it, doesn’t it?

As a young man buying a used Camaro:

Young man: Is it fast?
Car Salesman: I don’t even know if it’s street legal.

As a parent:

Parent: Is it safe?
Volkswagen Salesman: Oh yeah, it’s a Volkswagen.

Song Lyrics in Commercial

Got you in a stranglehold baby

Voiceover Says
Security of the Jetta. One of 9 Volkswagen models named in 2012 IIHS Top Safety pick.

About Artist & Song in Commercial

It seems like this is one of those classic rock songs that possibly everybody on earth has heard, but not everybody knows who sings it or the title of the song. One thing that a lot of people don’t know about this song, Ted Nugent doesn’t sing the vocals on it. The vocals are sung by Derek St. Holmes, who was the rhythm guitar player in Ted Nugent’s band.

The track is the first track on Nugent’s first Solo record. I think it’s interesting that the first song on his first solo album is an eight minute guitar attack. According to the magazine Guitar World, the #31 guitar solo of all time is in the song Stranglehold. This song has been used in several movies including: Bad News Bears, Superbad, and Dazed and Confused. Watch the video below of Ted Nugent performing this song live in 1979. He is insane, but an amazing showman.

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2 Responses to “Volkswagen Jetta Commercial – 2012 Is It Fast?”

  1. Amanda
    February 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm #


    If he owns the rights to this song, this Michigan gal is DONE with Uncle Ted FOREVER.

    • findthat
      February 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      The song has been in countless movies and several tv shows. I guess he thought that using it in a commercial wasn’t much different, especially when there was free money involved.

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