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Don't be fooled

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Believe it or not, car manufacturers love to display a sense of humour on April Fools Day, so don't get caught out by any of their pranks this year. Have you been fooled by any of these in the past?

Electro-reflective Seat
In 2008, Seat appeared to get carried away with James Bond-esque flights of fancy. The company issued a press release claiming it had created an 'electro-reflective' body panelling, that would work to bend a car into its surroundings, effectively making it invisible. Few stopped to consider the impossibility of locating such a vehicle in a crowded car park...

The Hyundai Popemobile
In April 2009, Hyundai modified a standard i10 to make the i10 Special Project Popemobile, a more environmentally friendly way for the Pontiff to get around. However, sharp eyes will have noticed a small detail in the press release stating that the interior tapestry upholstery was sourced from an Indian city few will have heard of - 'Utta Bull...'

The redneck M3
This one actually wasn't an April Fools' Day joke but probably should have been. BMW turned an M3 into a 414bhp V8 pick up in 2011, campaigning on its ability to carry 20 golf bags... Apparently, it can reach 186mph, having been tested around the Nurburgring.

Vauxhall saving boy racers from themselves
Vauxhall's 2006 April Fool was the Accelerator Pedal Retarding Intervention Lump for the Astra VXR. In essence, an extra bit of carpet underneath the accelerator pedal impeding its progress with drivers who tend to drive as if their foot is superglued to the floor. The result was a licence preserving 0-62mph time of 14.06 seconds, as opposed to the usual 6.2 seconds. Worried mothers everywhere were doubtless grateful for the invention but, alas, it was a 1 April special only.

Kia's KEE-Wii
Another James Bond-esque invention, The KEE-Wii concept car from 2008 was lacking a steering wheel in favour of a games console handset, that could be used to drive the vehicle from any of its seats, by any passenger, including five year old computer games wizards. Given the company's well established history of ridiculous naming conventions - cee'd, pro_cee'd etc. - some may have been fooled.

Spectacles not necessary
Auto Windscreens decided it wanted to get in on the joke in 2010. Cue the first prescription car windscreen in the world, tailored to drivers' ophthalmic prescriptions. Even Tom Chilton of British Touring Car fame got in on the act, appearing in a publicity shot and short video to sell the concept, for which Auto Windscreens kindly provided a giant cleaning cloth...

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