Auto manufacturers do occasionally have senses of humor, and many of them use April Fool’s Day to show it off. Here are a few examples:
As an April Fool’s joke, Audi once advertised a car with a built-in rice cooker in Japan.
Volkswagen’s Extra Tiny Van, 2015
The German brand proposed the Caddy Maxi Mini, a 2.4m long micro van with one seat and only enough room for a tool box or the driver’s lunch. Basically, you could take more with you if you got the bus.
Hyundai’s i10 Popemobile, 2009
The premise behind the i10 Special Project Popemobile was that the the head of the catholic church wanted to get around in something more environmentally-friendly than the usual armourplated SUVs.
The game was given away by Hyundai’s press release small print that claimed, “all leather from the seat facings was replaced with parts of tapestry woven by monks from the Indian city of Utta Bullacs”.
Kia KEE_Wii kills the steering wheel, 2008
Kia said that the car had a portable controller instead of the conventional steering wheel and pedals. This enabled it to be driven from any of its four seats, even by the kids in the back. “It seems obvious to us that if children as young as eight can drift, rally and race their way to multiple world championships on a games console, then this new driving system will be simple enough for anyone to use,” said the blurb.
Mini Cooper T, 2014
Capable of covering 40 miles on a single cup of tea and equipped with Dunk Avoidance Technology to prevent unscrupulous individuals from lowering biscuits into the fuel tank, the Cooper T was a tough one to swallow.