Fiat ad slammed for misleading green claims

LONDON - The ad watchdog has banned two print ads for Fiat because for making misleading claims over the price of the company's low emission cars.

ASA...criticised Fiat ad
ASA...criticised Fiat ad

The two ads, by Krow Communications, lauded Fiat's green credentials, and showed four different models of car, each with a model name and a price.

In a ruling today, the Advertising Standards Authority said the prices reflected the lowest-priced cars in the ranges, rather than those for the greenest cars.

It said: "We acknowledged that the headline prices were preceded by the word ‘from' and that the actual prices of the models featured were given in small-print at the bottom of the ad.

"However, we also noted the CAP Code stated explicitly that prices quoted in motoring ads should correspond to the vehicles illustrated, and that it was not acceptable to feature a more expensive model alongside the starting price for that range."

Fiat has promised not to run the ads again in their current form.

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