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Best April Fools Gags 2021

Best April Fools Gags 2021

Here’s a list of five pranks automakers pulled this year that caught our attention

April Fools pranks are still a thing and it’s not just for kids. Automakers try to pull pranks on the enthusiasts at times, too. Some happen to be a hit and some a miss. There was one by Volkswagen this year where it said it’s renaming itself as ‘Voltswagen’ in the States. It sure got a little more controversial than the automaker would’ve wanted. Heck, we pulled off some awesome, super-cool, fun, pranks this time for you guys which were definitely a hit. No doubt about that. (Modesty? What’s that?)

Anyway, there were a few more gags that automakers tried to pull on us this year, and here are some of the best ones.

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BMW's Halloween Trolling Taught Us That Even Mercedes Pities BMW's New Massive Grilles

BMW’s Halloween Trolling Taught Us That Even Mercedes Pities BMW’s New Massive Grilles

I bet BMW didn’t see its Halloween trolling on Mercedes to turn out like this

BMW thought it had the ultimate burn against its biggest rival, Mercedes, by releasing an image on social media that showed a Mercedes wearing a BMW costume. Things didn’t work out as planned, and now @BMAUSA’s social media team is feeling the burn as Daimler AG points out that even it doesn’t like BMW’s new massive grille designs.

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Video of the Day: I Needed a Chainsaw to Extract My Stolen Mercedes ML55 AMG

Video of the Day: I Needed a Chainsaw to Extract My Stolen Mercedes ML55 AMG

It’s bad enough that someone stole this man’s Mercedes. To make matters worse, it was found wedged in a mini-jungle, requiring a chainsaw to extract. Now, that sucks. Check out the video below.

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Here's Why the Mercedes X-Class' Design Sucks

Here’s Why the Mercedes X-Class’ Design Sucks

Pops is at it again!

So Mercedes finally unveiled the X-Class somewhere in Africa and everyone is excited about the German brand finally offering a pickup truck. Okay, okay, I’m exaggerating. I’ve noticed a ton of negative comments about this vehicle. How it’s not a true Mercedes-Benz, how it’s design is boring, and how it’s just a Nissan Navara. Well, I hate to break it to you folks, but the X-Class is a freakin’ pickup truck, of course it’s not a true Mercedes. It’s a brand-new body style for an automaker that didn’t make pickups before, of course you’re hating. But you’ll get over it, just give it a couple of months.

I also don’t agree with all the "it’s not a real Merc, it’s a Nissan underneath" commotion. So it’s based on the Nissan Navara, what’s wrong with that? Is there a problem with the Navara? It’s ugly, unreliable, it can’t haul stuff on a trailer? Of course not! But hey, I get it, you wanted Mercedes to come up with its very own truck. Well, tough luck, it’s 2017 and all carmakers are looking to reduce costs by sharing platform. And as long as you yuppies keep buying Mercs for the badge, they will keep borrowing platforms for new cars and bigger profits. Wanna do something about? Buy a Hyundai! But hey, I agree with you on the boring part...

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Mercedes-AMG Announces Sprinter63 S

Mercedes-AMG Announces Sprinter63 S

Watch out, folks – the April Fools jokes are rolling in. Mercedes is first out of the gate with this gem, the Mercedes-AMG Sprinter63 S. Yep, Mercedes has rendered up what an AMG-built Sprinter van would look like. In fact, the rendering is scary-good and it includes all the right details one would expect from the German tuning house.

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Mercedes-AMG Announces Sprinter63 S

Mercedes-AMG Announces Sprinter63 S

Watch out, folks – the April Fools jokes are rolling in. Mercedes is first out of the gate with this gem, the Mercedes-AMG Sprinter63 S. Yep, Mercedes has rendered up what an AMG-built Sprinter van would look like. In fact, the rendering is scary-good and it includes all the right details one would expect from the German tuning house.

The AMG Sprinter63 S comes complete with AMG-spec wheels, a larger front valance, a power-bulge hood with twin vents, and a rear diffuser with quad exhaust tips. The high-roof van is then painted a beautiful grey and silver color with matching grey stripes. You know, because stripes add horsepower.

Speaking of horsepower, the gag gets even better. Mercedes says the Sprinter63 S comes powered by its new 4.0-liter biturbo V-8. The hand-built engine makes 503-horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, just as it does in the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT S. Mercedes’ press material says the Sprinter63 S is ready to haul a lot more than just cargo. We’d concur.

Keeping the shiny side up is an AMG custom-engineered sport suspension that allows the Sprinter63 S to blast around tracks like the Nürburgring with grace and speed. Stopping performance is also improved thanks to those AMG-spec brakes peaking through the double-spoke AMG wheels. Undoubtedly they’re wrapped in summer performance rubber that meats all the demands of track duty and local deliveries.

There’s no word on whether Mercedes will offer the Sprinter63 S with the van’s recently release 4WD version. If so, expect this beast to be even more deadly at the track thanks to the added traction and low-range gears.

Continue reading for Mercedes’ full press release

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2015 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG Crazy Color Edition

Mercedes-Benz is now offering an appearance packaged appropriately called the Crazy Color Edition. Swanky florescent colors bring a bright glow to the SUV, along with an extravagant price increase.

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Mercedes Responds To Jaguar's Heckling

Mercedes Responds To Jaguar’s Heckling

The feathers are flying between Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar.

Two days after the British brand mocked its German counterpart’s Magic Body Control commercial with one of its own, Mercedes shot back with its own tasty zing, pumping up its Pre-Safe brake system by saying that "cat-like reflexes aren’t fast enough" and accompanying that with an image of an S-Class about to hit a jaguar if not for the beauty of its Pre-Safe brake system.

Subtle and brilliant at the same time, Mercedes.

More importantly, this light ribbing between these two brands harkens us back to a time when things like this happened far more often than they do now. Audi and BMW used to famously do this back in the day, but that rivalry has been muted in the past few years for one reason or another.

There’s nothing wrong with healthy competition, least of all when two companies engage with the silliness of nine-year olds.

It’s all harmless ribbing at the end of the day.

Click past the jump to watch the Mercedes ad that got the jokes started and Jaguar’s funny reply to it

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Audi Threw Zing at Mercedes After SuperBowl Outage

Audi Threw Zing at Mercedes After SuperBowl Outage

Leave it to Audi to take advantage of an opportunity to get some digs on a rival automaker.

With the unexpected Super Bowl power outage taking well over 30 minutes to get resolved, the German automaker decided to throw a grenade Mercedes’ way. In case you didn’t know, the Superdome is officially titled as the Mercedes SuperBowl by way of Merc’s sponsorship of the dome.

So with the lights out, Audi went to Twitter to send a hilarious tweet Mercedes’ way. Here’s what it said:

"Sending some LEDs to the @MBUSA Superdome right now..."

Shots fired! Shots fired!

To be fair, the lights did come back on, but it was still another ingenious dig by an automaker that’s fast becoming one of the must-follow Twitter accounts in the industry. Remember their previous shots at Acura and its NSX Concept for "spiking" the design of the 1991 Quattro Spyder?

This Mercedes zing, though, is a lot funnier than that one.

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Video: Make Your Own Parking Space, Courtesy of the G63 AMG

Video: Make Your Own Parking Space, Courtesy of the G63 AMG

Anyone that has owned an SUV or pickup truck has been here before. You are searching for a space and you think “I could just push that car outta my way and park there.” Then your conscience takes over and reminds you of your insurance premiums, so you just keep looking.

Well, Mercedes has decided to show us that the G63 AMG – AKA the most bad-ass SUV ever made – can fit just about anywhere, literally. The above video is, of course, a Mercedes commercial getting ready for the launch of this much anticipated 544-horsepower super SUV. When the boss man rolls up in his G63 AMG to find a pallet of pipes and a trailer-based office in the way, he politely pushes them out of the way with his 560 pound-feet of torque to make his own space.

It’s a pretty funny commercial, for Mercedes, but the irony is great. First off, the stigma that comes along with owning a Mercedes certainly fits the “me first” attitude of the driver. Secondly, who in their right mind would push, pull or tow ANYTHING with a $129,000 SUV? I sure as hell wouldn’t.

Either way, check out the video and have a few chuckles on us. Hopefully, Mercedes decides to take a slightly more comedic approach with its not-so-Mercedes-like SUV. Most Mercedes commercials are a little, um, “stuffy” for our taste.

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$1.5 Million in Luxury Cars Seized by U.S. Customs

$1.5 Million in Luxury Cars Seized by U.S. Customs

There are a lot of new car scams in the world and most of them are initiated by the new car dealer, not the buyer. A group of buyers flipped the script on several Los Angeles dealerships, by using fake identities to purchase 20 cars and were shipping them to Hong Kong and Vietnam to sell them for two to three times their U.S. value.

It was a laundry list of luxury vehicles, such as a $280,000 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia, an Audi Quattro, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, along with several Mercedes, Lexus, Infiniti, and BMW SUVs among others. For some reason, the thieves even threw in a Toyota Tundra.

The one that got these fraudsters busted was the Ferrari 458 Italia, as Ferrari fitted the supercar with a GPS system as standard, which Ferrari used to track the car once they found out they were defrauded. This led U.S. Customs and the California highway Patrol to conduct a full investigation and find the cars on a ship that had already pulled away from the port.

Needless to say, that ship was forced to come back and all but four of the cars were recovered. The four non-recovered cars are due to be shipped back by Vietnamese Customs.

According to the report, had the fraudsters not gone after the Ferrari, chances are they would have gotten away with this scam and made a ton of money in the process. The total amount of the vehicles seized by U.S. customs is estimated at $1.5 million, which would have pulled in around $3 million in Hong Kong and Vietnam.

We are still trying to figure out what in the world a Toyota Tundra was doing in the mix with all of these high-end luxury cars. We also wonder which thief drew the short straw and was stuck going to the Toyota dealership to pick this thing up?

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The Car Show: Season 1 Episode 3

The Car Show: Season 1 Episode 3

Following the debacle of a first episode for Top Gear USA, The Car Show comes at us again with hilarity and automotive variety in their third episode of the season.

In this episode, Adam Corolla (comedian and car enthusiast), Dan Neil (automotive columnist for The Wall Street Journal), John Salley (4-time NBA Champion and actor), and Matt Farah (SmokingTire.com) take part in a number of segments that made us laugh at loud, literally. Mixed in with the good times and "Lambo-quality comedy," the guys take part in a test comparing the automated driving versus actual driving in a 2007 BMW 328i sedan, a comparison of the Audi R8 and the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, and an interview with racing legend, Pete Brock.

The fun doesn’t stop there as the boys go through their 0-60 and Adam’s America segments, as well as a trip to North Carolina for some dirt track racing.

Hit the jump for details on The Car Show: Season 1 Episode Three.

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How to get a speeding ticket of $1 million dollars in Switzerland

How to get a speeding ticket of $1 million dollars in Switzerland

What happens when you drive around in a Mercedes SLS AMG in Switzerland? Well, if you are dumb enough to drive around at speeds of 180mph then what happens next is nothing short of catastrophic. For starters, your speeding ticket will add up to about 3.5 times the value of the car. After that, your car will be confiscated and, of course, your license will be no more.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a hypothetical question. This is actually a very real situation that occurred when a very unlucky, and highly stupid, guy was caught speeding on a Swiss road, A12 between Bern and Lausanne. The road’s speed limit was set at 75mph and the 37 year old driver was going 180mph, in case you forgot already. After a few miles he was pulled over, his car was confiscated, he was taken to the police station, and he was left with a speeding ticket of almost $1 million.

Why such a hefty fine? Well, according to the Swiss traffic offenses penalty system, the amount of money one has to pay for a speeding ticket is calculated in direct relation to the guilty one’s income. We did feel sorry for the guy, but we are sure he had an awesome time putting the pedal to the metal on his SLS AMG so the fine was probably worth it.

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Video: Mercedes E-Class commercial takes pot shot at Volkswagen chairman?

Video: Mercedes E-Class commercial takes pot shot at Volkswagen chairman?

Over here in America, there’s no doubt that we’d find this commercial funny because of the Grim Reaper’s foiled attempt in taking the life of the Mercedes driver after the latter was able to stop his E-Class seconds before it would have crashed into an on-going road construction. Funny stuff, right?

Apparently, the folks in Germany - and those familiar with the situation within the auto industry - find this commercial funny for a different reason. Turns out that Mercedes may have put the man playing the role of the Grim Reaper in the commercial because of his uncanny resemblance to one Ferdinand Piech. If you don’t know who he is, he’s the chairman of the supervisory board over at Volkswagen AG. So there really is more to this commercial than meet’s the reaper’s scythe.

If you don’t know the back-story behind Piech and Mercedes, it all stemmed from a comment the former made about how Volkswagen is gearing up in an effort to go toe-to-toe with Mercedes some time in the future. This, if we can assume, could be Mercedes throwing the first volley at Volkswagen, showing that they’re not afraid of the big German auto conglomerate, even if they show up on the passenger seat of their E-Class with a scythe in hand.

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Mercedes E-Class given a hideous makeover

Mercedes E-Class given a hideous makeover

There’s ugly and then there’s hideous. It takes a complete eyesore for us to label something ugly but this one went further than anyone of us ever expected. This car is a previous generation Mercedes Benz E-Class W124 but from the looks of things, it hardly resembles anything the guys from Daimler would ever build. It’s been completely modified – if you can even call something like as ‘modified’ – to look like, well, this. Yeah, very often are we at a loss for words but this one managed to accomplish that.

Try as we may to justify this creation, we just can’t. The car’s front has been completely altered with grills that make it look like a medieval helmet. The designers - which apparently goes by the name ’Arturos’ - also included a number of slit-looking air vents on both sides of the car, which, quite frankly, reminds us of those water-faring creatures known as fishes. The designer even managed to outdo itself by replacing the E-Class W124’s head and tail lights with CLK-style headlights and SLK tail lamps.

We’d describe the car even further but we’re afraid that it still wouldn’t do it enough justice so we’ve decided to just let you see it for yourself.

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Taiwanese mechanic experiments with urinal sensor on a Mercedes

Taiwanese mechanic experiments with urinal sensor on a Mercedes

Wang Chi-sheng is a young, enthusiastic Taiwanese mechanic, who is interested in experimenting with Mercedes’ electronics. The dude is now in jail and the story is pretty interesting.

Wang tried to replace a sensor in a luxury Mercedes-Benz car with a urinal sensor that he stole from a closed-down petrol bunk.

The Taiwanese Mercedes-Benz technical department termed the plot "unbelievable" and sent out a note to all maturing vehicular experimenters that car/convenience hybrids are not just light-hearted fun. Weng’s experiment could have gone terribly wrong, and ended in a tragedy as a short-circuit could have easily happened around the engine area, igniting the fuel and resulting in a catastrophic fire/explosion.

"The probability of successfully using a sensor from a public urinal to replace special factory-made sensors was and remains zero," quoted a representative from Mercedes-Benz Taiwan.

So, before you try impressing the blokes at Stuttgart, think twice!

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Impossible confrontation: SLR McLaren vs. Mercedes Actros F1

Impossible confrontation: SLR McLaren vs. Mercedes Actros F1

I am not sure what this confrontation wanted to show, but, in any case, is the strangest thing I have ever heard. What is the meaning of comparing a super sport car with a top speed of 300 km/h with a "super truck" with a top speed of 125 km/h? There must be a reason if they did it!

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Man Smashes Mercedes S500 into Cell Phone Office

Man Smashes Mercedes S500 into Cell Phone Office

Angry because the guard asked him to move the car, a man decided to smash his car into a cell phone office. The man, 40 years-old, drove a Mercedes Benz into the front door of the head offices of SK Telecom. Kim, 47, plowed the Mercedes S500 into the lobby of the SK Telecom office in Euljiro 2-ga in Seoul at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. No casualties were reported but a revolving door was seriously injured. The car was registered to Kim’s friend.
"The Samsung Anycall cell phone that I bought from an (...)

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Mercedes-Benz 230 SL found after 30 years submerged

Mercedes-Benz 230 SL found after 30 years submerged

After spending 30 years submerged, a Mercedes-Benz 230 SL was found and brought to earth, where it belong in the first place. Is true that there is nothing you can do with it, considering the way it looks like.
It’s now owned by the SL Club Pagode, based in Germany. Vermonters have pretty much seen it all when it comes to rusty cars, but this one held us in a state of horrified (...)

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Satnav leads a Mercedes SL500 into a river

Satnav leads a Mercedes SL500 into a river

This is why complete trust in a navigating system is not such a good idea. A woman from UK ended up into a river after trusting her atellite navigation system. The £96,000 Mercedes sports car was swept away in a swollen river and the motorist had to be rescued as it sank.
The driver was on her way to a christening party in Leicestershire when she was sent down a winding track usually used only by farmers in their 4x4s. Although the track is signposted as unsuitable for motor vehicles’, the (...)

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Mercedes Benz "Signature"

Mercedes Benz "Signature"

The Mercedes European Trainning Camp 2007 is being celebrated in Andalucia for the next three months. At this event will be presented the new C-Class. But next to it a very "special prototype" will be presented: the mercedes signature.
The car will be signed by near 18.000 people that will came at this event.

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Mercedes SLR kit car

Mercedes SLR kit car

Don’t have enough money to buy a Mercedes Slr-Mclaren (arround 450000$)? No problem! Now you can build oone for yourself! Some guys in Poland did it, and they did a really great job. Lets hope they wont have problems with the Mercedes brand for stealing the model ;)

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