Every year we look out for the best April Fools gags from the automotive industry and while the South African car companies were unusually quiet a few international firms caught our attention.
The best April Fool’s gag is usually the one that’s most plausible and so our top Fool award has to go to Porsche, which announced the next stage of its electric Mission E programme would be a tractor.
Those not au fait with Porsche’s history will be confused, yet the company started out making tractors, so an electric version would make sense. There are already electric tractors in the agricultural sector so why shouldn’t Porsche make one? It has no plans to, of course.
Then there was Skoda which claimed to have found the solution for parents who have to cope with kids in the back seat throwing a tantrum: noise-cancelling headrests. Brilliant! But sadly just a joke.
The company claimed that through an app in the infotainment system of its Karoq crossover, the headrests could instantly detect the start of an argument or tantrum coming from the back seats and cancel out the sound for mum and dad in the front. Let’s hope that some engineer is actually working on making this a genuine option.
Hyundai was a little more obvious with its joke that claimed its new i30N hot hatch had been tested on a new corner of the company’s test track called Cacao corner.
In a statement, Hyundai’s chief materials engineer, Cara Mell, said: “At Hyundai we create almost everything needed to produce our cars, including the steel, the robots, and the ships to transport them. So, it only makes sense that we create our own track-testing surfaces, including the unique butter, milk and cocoa mixture used for Cacao corner. The team of people that develops the mixture is among the most dedicated in the business, but they do tend to go a bit quiet over the Easter period.”
Finally, the worst April Fools gag was Elon Musk’s. With speculation mounting that Tesla could face financial trouble in 2018, especially after the 8% drop in its share price after it was lambasted over safety, Musk hit out at the negativity by tweeting on Sunday: “Despite intense efforts to raise money, including a last-ditch mass sale of Easter eggs, we are sad to report that Tesla has gone completely and totally bankrupt. So bankrupt, you can’t believe it.”
A subsequent tweet from Musk said: “Elon was found passed out against a Tesla Model 3, surrounded by ‘Teslaquila’ bottles, the tracks of dried tears still visible on his cheeks.”
The same tweet included a picture of the “passed out” Musk and the final statement: “This is not a forward-looking statement, because, obviously, what’s the point?”
Instantly thousands of journalists around the world screenshotted the tweets because, obviously, they might become the point. – BD Motor News