For a long list of taglines and slogans for global and English-speaking target audiences, see here. But very few are of the type I'm interested in today.
Bilingual taglines like Sofitel's pop up here and there, otherwise the concept seems to be confined to the European automotive industry.
- VW: Das Auto (The car).
- Opel: Wir leben Autos. (We live cars.).
- VW: Fahrvergnügen (driving enjoyment; from fahren, to drive and Vergnügen enjoyment) (used by VW in the US in the 1990s) (Wikipedia article).
- Citroen (Citroën): Créative technologie (English syntax + French spelling) (+ French accent in advertisements and infotainment videos) represents a further step change in the process.
- Audi: Vorsprung durch Technik (advancement through technology).
- Airbnb: new logo/symbol called a Bélo. (Nancy Friedman, who blogs at Fritinancy, informs me that Bélo is a coined word based on 'belong' with an accent for garnish.
- Los Angeles Dodgers (the baseball team): Nancy has written about Los Doyers (the LA Dodgers for Spanish-speaking fans).
- Jarritos (a Mexican softdrink now making inroads in El Norte (i.e. the USA): Nancy reports Jarritos' use, in an outdoor-ad campaign in California, of the bilingual pun Por flavor! (also tweeted here).
Update (27 September 2015)
For years, Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Volkswagen have used German slogans and tag lines in their English-speaking advertising to link their products to the country’s engineering prowess. Expect to see “Das Auto” and “Vorsprung durch Technik” to be wiped off billboards as fast as value has been wiped off German car manufacturers’ market caps.
Update (14 January 2016)An interesting insight from The little book of transcreation, Insight into the world of creative translation by London-based transcreation agency Mother Tongue:
Car maker Volkswagen is using its “Das Auto” line worldwide. It highlights the fact that the cars come from Germany – a country known for high-quality engineering. But in Brazil the strategy has backfired. The VW Beetle was made there for decades, and the brand was seen as an “honorary Brazilian”. This was reflected in its previous slogan, “você conhece, você confia” (“you know, you trust”). By emphasizing its foreignness, VW threw away an emotional bond built up over many years.