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Buick plans to launch the "first and possibly only sedan" that GM will offer bearing the Olympic logo, according to BRANDWEEK. The Olympic Regal will cost about $20,000 and will include golden Olympic rings on the outside, more logos on the interior upholstery and gold wheels. Buick is the "first car lined up to feature the rings on the product itself," but BRANDWEEK's Steve Gelsi reports that GMC "may also have an Olympic model truck." Buick plans to unveil the car on October 24 in Atlanta and officials said they may feature the car in upcoming TV spots breaking next spring (BRANDWEEK, 10/2 issue).
Swatch plans to "leverage" its $40M sponsorship of the Atlanta Games with two promotions, according to the latest issue of BRANDWEEK. The two promotions will be a sweepstakes and "gift-with-purchase" giveaway, "designed to drive traffic in department stores." Spethmann & Underwood report the company will launch Swatch Olympic Time Trials next week, a program in which shoppers who try on a watch will be entered in a grand prize giveaway of a trip to the '96 Games. After Thanksgiving, Swatch will kick off a "gift-with-purchase" promotion where customers who buy a watch will receive a datebook illustrated with "historic Olympic posters and Swatch designs" (BRANDWEEK, 10/2 issue).
Weiden & Kennedy is "spearheading" advertising for Coca- Cola's '96 Olympics sponsorship with a "massive" campaign touting both "Coca-Cola's hometown of Atlanta and its longtime relationship with the Olympics," according to AD AGE. Gleason & Sloan report Weiden & Kennedy won the assignment because of its work for Coke's for the World Cup last year, "pulled from Creative Artists Agency after it failed to show sports expertise." A spokesperson for Coca-Cola declined to say when the ads will run or what they will look like, but Gleason & Sloan notes that Weiden & Kennedy "have come up with more than a dozen campaign creative concepts" (AD AGE, 10/2 issue).