April fools day is all about trickery and deceit, and just about every automaker chimed in today with their own clever jokes.
Tesla: Pets Driving Cars
Tesla is taking the reigns on self-driving cars, but the company doesn’t trust computers to pilot cars, and is turning to pets. Based on YouTube videos and other research, Goldfish seem to be the best car pilots over dogs and cats, and will control every Tesla Model S in the future.
Toyota: Bringing Back an Iconic Model
— Toyota USA (@Toyota) April 1, 2014
Toyota has announced that it is bringing back a classic! That probably brings to mind a new Supra, but no, the Japanese automaker is bringing back the famous, 4-cylinder powered Tercel. A new sketch showing off a modern Tercel was released today by Toyota, with the promise that a new version is on its way.
Alongside the Tercel, an all-new Neon green Corolla is on its way. Usually a car that does well at blending in, Toyota wants Corolla drivers to get noticed, and neon green paint is the way to do it.
BMW: Making Driving Slow Feel Fast
Over at BMW, the German brand is introducing a new force injection booster in each of its cars that will replicate G-forces in the cabin at speeds under 20 mph. That means even at slow speeds, the occupants will consistently feel like they are whipping around a race track. And to make sure that customers don’t get out of the car with a wind swept look, BMW is installing its AirNet system to keep hair in its place.
Honda: Build Your Own Fit
Honda is introducing a revolutionary new ‘Fit Kit,’ which gives anybody the chance to build there own Fit. Simply order the Fit kit, and the car will arrive (in many, many boxes) straight to your doorstep! All you have to do is assemble it, and of course sign a liability waiver to make sure Honda doesn’t get sued when your homemade Fit’s wheels fall off.
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Hyundai: Veloster Pickup
What do you guys think? pic.twitter.com/LMbCvEgISR
— Hyundai USA (@Hyundai) April 1, 2014
It’s long been rumored that Hyundai would take on the Big 3 in the pickup truck wars in North America, and what better day to announce the new Veloster Pickup than April 1st?
It’s not a stretch — it’s our new 370 limo-Z! Have a friend you would like to take for a ride? Tag him or her! pic.twitter.com/UVjYGCFfNK
— Nissan (@NissanUSA) April 1, 2014
Looking for a fast night out on the town? Nissan introduced its Limo-Z today.
RedBull: Racing and Tweeting
RedBull Racing announced an advanced new steering wheel for its Formula 1 cars that will debut in Bahrain, allowing drivers to tweet during the race.
Meanwhile Mazda announced an MX-5 that was fun for four.
We’re excited to share with you the first picture of the all-new Mazda MX-5 4 seater. pic.twitter.com/TYsg9UphtP
— Mazda UK (@Mazda_UK) April 1, 2014
Wrapped up in World Cup fever, European brand Vauxhall announced a new version of its Astra model, the Copacabana, featuring a very eco interior.
The Astra Copacabana has real grass upholstery from some of the world famous Brazilian stadiums pic.twitter.com/4GPQAZetDW
— vauxhall (@vauxhall) April 1, 2014
Acura: Celebrating 28 Years of Luxury Dominance
Today, Acura celebrates its 28th consecutive year as top luxury brand in America based on alphabetical ranking. http://t.co/QS4uIMNo1d
— Acura Insider (@Acura_Insider) April 1, 2014
Of course, there is also a new Mini that runs on Tea, a new Peugeot with a customizable car horn, and a beach themed Opel complete with sand inside.
While many days in the auto industry are no laughing matter, its always good to see that some of the largest car companies still have a sense of humor.