The best automotive pranks for the 2016 April Fool’s Day!

We have already seen a lot of automotive pranks that really amuses the fans of April Fools’ Day. In this “year’s edition”, the date has been celebrated by many, including not only carmakers, but also car news websites, as you will be able to see below. Enjoy the jokes!

New markets for Skoda

Skoda- Snowman

Skoda would be interested in new business segments. This is why it has created the Snowman, a snow groomer that would be sold in the end of 2016. And would help the company compete in the “highly competitive piste preparation equipment segment”! It is not only a snow groomer. It is a plug-in hybrid snow groomer with a VisionS front-end!


BMW xDrive Baby Boots


All-terrain baby boots, able to provide “fool” “toddling confidence”, is what the BMW xDrive Baby Boots offer. The boots provide dynamic control to react to wobbles and surface changes that could interfere with baby walks. The best part of the “new product” is the way to ask for more information: writing to “Joss Fullin”. We have not sent them an e-mail, but we would bet there is an automatic response making even more fun of the ones that do not realize it is a joke.


Honda’s Emoji License Plates


For the smartphone generation, letters are often replaced by emojis. Why not replace them by emojis also on license plates? This is what Honda has done with this Civic Type-R due to customer demand. According to the company, a research indicated that 96% of the people under 30 that answered prefer emoji plates. Of these, 97% use emojis as their main method of text messaging. Or emoji messaging, if you would rather! These guys also prefer not to drive…


Ford CALM Technology

Driving with screaming kids on the back of the car can be pretty stressful. So Ford claims to have created a new feature that prevents that from happening. The CALM system (Child Anarchy Layoff Mode) is present solely on the new Edge and will assure children will be mute and in slow motion. Fords says it is also working on a version to shut up mothers-in-law. Preferably in a portable device…


Opel sewing machine


Opel has started as an enterprise by building sewing machines. And has decided April 1st was the perfect moment to get back to this business and start building sewing machines again. The new machine will be presented at the 2016 Paris Fashion Week and it has been designed to express the sculptural design Opel has specialized in offering. Check below what the sewing machine wants to express.


Better than making fun in this date, Opel shows it is great to joke about the industry jargons that may mean absolutely nothing.

Mini Scissor Doors


Mini has realized scissor doors are much better for access, saving space, but not money. It will be a 1,959 euros option for the ones that want to see the Mini’s open in a totally unusual way. Have a look at this yellow Cooper S trying to fly off the ground, something it would be more successful doing with gullwing doors.




CarBuzz has revealed this first hand and has even managed to obtain official images of the new generation BMW M1. The car is built over the i8 body, uses a 4.4 V8 engine and is much lighter than the hybrid model because it uses no batteries nor electric engines. Some pranks are so nice we would like to see them become a reality very soon!

We will probably see many more jokes until the end of the day. If any other that is as fun as these ones appears, we will update this post. In case you see any, leave it to us in the comments box!

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.