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GM Plans TV Ads During CBS Super Bowl Pre-Game Show

Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co., which isn’t advertising on CBS during the National Football League’s Super Bowl, plans to air commercials during the television network’s pre-game programming Feb. 3, the automaker said.

GM’s mass-market Chevrolet brand will have four spots during that time, Chris Perry, vice president for Chevy marketing, said yesterday in an interview in Detroit.

The automaker garnered attention last year when then-Chief Marketing Officer Joel Ewanick decided the company wouldn’t advertise during the NFL championship game because it wasn’t worth the high cost. Detroit-based GM is introducing about 20 new vehicles in the U.S. this year, including 13 Chevrolet models.

The company spent $1.17 billion on U.S. advertising during the first three quarters of last year, according to Kantar Media. The CBS network is part of CBS Corp.

The average cost of a 60-second commercial on last year’s Super Bowl was $7 million, according to NBC, which broadcast that game and said it drew 111.3 million viewers, the most in U.S. television history. The Feb. 3 contest to be televised by CBS will be in New Orleans.

Ford Motor Co., GM’s Dearborn, Michigan-based competitor, is using this year’s Super Bowl broadcast as part of a marketing effort to revive its Lincoln luxury brand. Ford will debut a 60-second Lincoln spot during the game.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tim Higgins in Detroit at thiggins21@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jamie Butters at jbutters@bloomberg.net

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