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Super Bowl Commercials 2013: A sneak peek

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By FOX 2 News Staff

(WJBK) -- It wouldn't be Super Bowl Sunday without the commercials. And this year's crop is shaping up to be a solid mix of funny, sexy, surprising and even controversial.

Take, for example, the Volkswagen Beetle ad. The minute-long spot ("Get In. Get Happy.") features a white office worker trying to cheer up disgruntled colleagues with a thick Jamaican accent. Critics view the ad as racist. New York Times columnist Charles Blow went as far to call it "like blackface with voices."

VW officials disagree. "If you look at the whole intent of the commercial for us, it's about making people happy," said Scott Vazin, a VW spokesman. "The idea is to put a smile on your face. It's simple and human and humorous."

Supermodel Kate Upton appears in Mercedes-Benz ad clad in tiny denim shorts and a black tank top. A pair of scantily clad bridesmaids hustle to change into their gowns in a new Fiat. Danica Patrick pilots a private jet for GoDaddy.com. The world is introduced to 'Space Babies." And night vision goggles help wrangle in a Wheat Thin-loving yeti.

Those are just a few of the Super Bowl commercials released over the past week by companies paying reportedly $4 million for 30 seconds, according to Time Magazine.

Have a look at 20 ads we found on YouTube in the playlist above. Note: Click the word 'playlist' in the bottom left corner to view the menu of videos.

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