Our 5 Favorite Automotive April Fools’ Stories from 2016
Every year on April 1, automakers celebrate the international prank day in perfect style with ridiculous fake news releases for our amusement. In previous April Fools, we saw everything from Subaru BRZ diesel-hybrid all-wheel-drive convertible, to a Do-It-Yourself Honda Fit. Automakers are at it again this year, and here are our five favorite April Fools stories.
Our new fragrance Eau d’Essence embodies a motorsport spirit w/ essences of motor oil & tire rubber. Limited to 919. pic.twitter.com/4s0fNT2GA2
— Porsche (@Porsche) April 1, 2016
Porsche Eau d’Essence
According to the German automaker, this new perfume “embodies a motorsport spirit,” sporting essences of both motor oil and tire rubber. If you want a bottle of your own, you’d better hurry, as Porsche says this is limited to just 919 units. (Get it?)
Audi Matrix Text Face
Building on the popularity of smartphone-based Emojis, Audi revealed an optional lighting system for the new Audi A4. Using the A4’s Matrix LED Headlights, the LED array displays the “physical condition of the driver” to other cars on the road. Audi says that if the driver’s face is “normal”, the front headlights will display ＼(^o^)／. Any “anomalies” detected by the system will display the (; ´ Д `) face. Perhaps our favorite part of the new Emoji lighting system is what Audi calls the Active Gratitude Assist Rear, where the (人´ ∀ `) face is displayed to thank drivers behind you who may have let you merge.
Tinder not working well enough for you? Are you the proud owner of a Ford vehicle? Lucky for you, Ford is launching a new dating service called “Ford Date.” This is a matchmaking service created exclusively for Ford owners. Ford claims there are over a million users to choose from, with options for both Ford Boys and Ford Girls. Ford Date isn’t launched yet, but you can sign up to receive updates in the future.
MG Concept Car
British automaker MG revealed a new concept car meant to “highlight the innovation and technological excellence the company is famous for.” According to MG, this concept is the world’s first invisible car, developed with help from Professor C. Thrue and Chief Designer Avril F’ouil.
Opel Sewing Machines
Opel was initially founded in 1862 to create sewing machines, and now, it appears the German automaker is returning its roots. Two special sewing machine designs are set to debut at the 2016 Paris Fashion Week.