A man, bespectacled and suited, is walking along a corridor lined with offices when he is distracted by a ringing phone.
He walks into an office, dusty and long-abandoned, finds his way over to a desk, picks up the ancient receiver and says: “Hello? No, this is [rubs dust from dial]… 4724.”
After accepting an apology, he looks around, confused, at the empty filing cabinets and sheet-covered furniture and exits, closing the door signed ‘Carlsberg Customer Complaints Dept’ behind him.
A TV ad done well. And one that a Volvo engineer reminded me of during the new XC90 launch. You know the new XC90: replaces the grey-beard one; good interior; won a group test; has a leaf spring at the back. At least, it does if it’s not one of the fancy air-sprung ones.
The last Volvo to have a leaf spring on its rear suspension was the 900 series. You’ll remember the 900, too: proper old-school family saloon and wagon; would make a great slammed drift car.
It’ll be a classic soon. It went out of production in 1998 and is an increasingly rare car now.