Yes, it's that time of year again, when distinguishing fact from fiction can be as blurred as a windscreen on a wet day. And car manufacturers are not immune from hi-jinks with many given 'license' to produce their own April Fools pranks. We take a look at some of the best.
Last year MINI chose to turbo its humour and offer the “world premier of the MINI Hipster hatch”. The spoof car features ‘Instagram filtered windows’, ‘a twin-deck cassette player’ and ‘upcycled alloy wheels’ - all elements that any self-respecting Hipster would adore. MINI also claims a fixed-gear drivetrain for the car to match the hipster’s retro cool bicycle of choice, while suggesting that the hatch would make the perfect companion for a "spot of vintage clothes shopping." Sounds pretty good to us!
With emoji symbols now a ubiquitous part of modern life, Honda couldn’t resist going with a hyroglific-esque number plate. And no, we don't know what the symbols (pictured above) mean either, but we did have some fun trying to figure it out. The pics replace traditional letters and numbers with Honda claiming the plates were in response to demand from younger buyers and that “talks are planned with the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency in an endeavour to exclusively launch the new plates”. Good luck with that (insert smile face)
The door of the Skoda Superb executive saloon contains a pull-out umbrella, so, of course. you'd be barking mad not to install a second rain shield for use by dogs wouldn't you? Skoda put their best paws forward for April Fools day claiming that there would be “No more soggy Shih Tzus or damp Daschunds thanks to its innovative design”.
The press release also treated us to the musings of ŠKODA project leader Dr Jacques Rustle. “British rain is officially the wettest in the world, so we knew this accessory would have big appeal with owners in the UK. During development, we captured large quantities of British rain and brought it back to our workshop in the Czech Republic before signing the design off.”
We've been talking about the driverless and even the flying car for some time now, so why not the invisible car? With help from Professor C. Thrue and Chief Designer Avril F'ouil, MG confirmed the car was built on its site at Longbridge, near Birmingham.
Of course such new technology comes with its own challenges.
Matthew Cheyne, Head of Sales and Marketing for MG, said: “At first we had some trouble with the cars, as people kept walking into them or we’d misplace them on the site.
“As soon as we placed the MG badge on the front of them, using non-invisible materials, we were able to find them much more easily.
“Some people won’t think the car is much to look at, but we are proud of creating something so advanced.”
Nissan announced a new way for drivers to burn extra calories when behind the wheel for April Fools' Day 2015. Hit the 'GYM' button and this will then automatically disable labour saving gadgets like power steering while increasing the force required to operate the pedals and gearbox. Suddenly your drive to work becomes a blood vessel bursting workout capable of burning an average of 1,415 calories a day.