April Fool’s Rewind
Yes, we have all been the butt of a joke on April Fool’s Day and it seems that the auto industry has taken that information and run with it. Yesterday, everyone was bombarded with pranks that were either awesomely believable or ridiculously forgettable. One of our favorites was the MINIMagic that claimed owners of the MINI Clubman could change the color of their vehicle “as often as their mood”. We wish we could say that not all of us fell for it, but one of us did and had to go back and add the “April Fool’s” line to save face. Yes, I, Ummm…I meant my friend, did hang my head in shame as the April Fool’s joke revealed itself.
Of course, MINI wasn’t the only one to get in on the action. Follow the jump for some of our favorites and, no, I wasn’t fooled by any others.
- Suzuki announced they would be running and establishing a stock car racing team in North America and would begin with a modified Suzuki Kizashi Sport driven by long retired, Richard Petty.
- Infiniti claimed they were “reducing the dangers of driving while hungry” with their Gastronomi technology. This technology comes in 3 phases. The first, Active Noise Control, would pick up the sounds of borborygmi (tummy rumbles). The second, Connectiviti, would have a picture of a knife and fork appear on a screen and would then lead you to a restaurant of your liking and budget. The third phase, Forest Air Climate Control, would remove the already wafting tropical borneol scent and replace it with “truffle oil” to ready the palette. We think this one wins for most creative.
- Goodwood announced that Lord March, founder of the Festival of Speed, would help reduce the number of generators used at the festival by using natural methane gas from bovine (cow farts). A manufacturer’s spokesperson said: "It’s enlightening to see that Goodwood is taking no bull, and the organizers deserve a real pat on the back. This wind-powered solution is udderly electrifying."
- Auto Windscreens claimed they had come up with a prescription windshield that would eliminate the need to bring your glasses with you while driving.
Subaru, in light of their new “dog tested, dog approved” commercials announced they would be running free clinic designed to teach your dog how to drive.
- Pickuptrucks.com reported that instead of ending production for the Ford Ranger, Ford decided to have an indefinite production run of the truck.
- Hyundai UK announced they would have a “dignified car disposal” for those drivers that treat their car as a member of the family. Services would include a trip to the “Garages of Rest” followed by a proper burial at the “Car Park of Remembrance”.
To top off this list of pranks, the examiner.com posted a story about a true April Fool’s prank over in Melbourne, Australia. A bunch of guys shrink wrapped hundreds of cars throughout the night so their owners would find them inaccessible in the morning. Thankfully, they also attached a small pair of scissors so owners could cut themselves in.
That’s all folks. Until next year, party on pranksters.