Volkswagen is known for putting clever, quirky commercials on the airwaves, and this latest one continues the tradition. It riffs on a famous line from It’s a Wonderful Life, substituting “a Volkswagen hits 100,000 miles” for “a bell rings” and “German engineer” for “angel.” On premise, you’d think the joke would fall flat on its face. But thanks to splendid special effects and some witty writing, it happens to work rather well. Oh, and shooting on location in actual German VW plants (including the Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden that builds the no-longer-sold-here Phaeton)? Double points right there.