2016 April Fool’s Day Automotive Roundup

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When Mazda says it’s phasing out manual transmissions, it’s either time to panic or chuckle. Thankfully in this case it’s the latter because April Fool’s Day has arrived, which means it’s time for automakers to flex their comedic muscles with outrageous news and concepts.

Mazda to go “All Automatic” by 2018: Mazda Canada announced on Twitter that it is “taking a big step towards easier driving today by announcing we’re phasing out manual transmissions by 2018.” While this isn’t far from the truth for many automakers, this move obviously goes against Mazda’s “Zoom-Zoom” ethos. Mazda calmed those who were fooled with another tweet that read, “#AprilFools! We believe driving matters, and we wouldn’t eliminate manual transmission from our lineup.”

We’re taking a big step towards easier driving today by announcing we’re phasing out manual transmissions by 2018. pic.twitter.com/BgOPOt6r61

Mazda Canada (@mazdacanada) April 1, 2016

Audi Matrix Text Face LED Headlights: Audi Japan has devised a totes cute way to let other driver’s know how you’re feeling. Its Matrix Text Face LED Headlights will display a happy-looking face in “normal mode” or a sad face in “dull mode.” The modes are determined by real-time monitoring of your physical condition. And for an additional 250,000 yen (about $2,200), an Active Gratitude Assist will transform the taillights into displays of gratitude to other drivers who allow you to pass or merge.

The Nissan NV Cargo Drift Van: Here’s what happens when you mix Gymkhana with a FedEx commercial. Nissan decided to play an April Fool’s joke on Formula Drift driver Chris Forsberg with a bait-and-switch trick involving a 370Z coupe and an NV Cargo van. Thankfully, Forsberg plays along and slays an obstacle course complete with a cargo-loading maneuver.

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Porsche Eau d’Essence: You can’t drive a Porsche 919, but now you can smell like one. The automaker has unveiled its new fragrance that “embodies motorsports spirit w/essences of motor oil & tire rubber.” It comes in a nifty bottle that looks like a spark plug and it’ll have a limited production run of 919 units.

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

Ford Date: Here’s a new dating site targeted at single Ford Girls and Ford Boys who only want to mingle with other Blue Oval drivers. It’s a smart way to avoid deal breakers like Camaro owners or those naughty TDI drivers. With over 1 million users, there’s plenty Ford love to go around.

Lexus Introduces GroundBreaking V-LCRO Technology: Mercedes-Benz’ active seat bolsters may be fancy, but Lexus obviously has the better solution to keep drivers in place during spirited driving. With its new V-LCRO Technology (Variable Load Coupling Rear Orientation), Lexus employs an optional seat that requires a special suit worn by the driver. A “complex pattern of hooks and loops” creates “incredible grip” and can hold the driver in place up to 3.0 Gs in any direction.

High #performance meets highly adhesive. Check out this suit created for our #AprilFools Day launch of V-LCRO #technology. #LexusGSF #LexusRCF

A video posted by lexususa (@lexususa) on Apr 1, 2016 at 10:47am PDT

Mini Scissor Doors: If Mini wants to solidify itself as a premium brand, then these optional Scissor Doors should do the trick. In addition to its exotic looks, the scissor doors are helpful for those tight parking spots and can be operated via the owner’s smartphone.

MG Concept Car: MG Motor’s latest concept car will be easy to miss. That’s because it’s invisible. The British automaker claims the biggest challenge in developing the car was misplacing it, so they solved that issue with a non-invisible MG badge, which we assume is removable for full stealth mode.

Morgan Motor Company’s MOGrod: The Morgan Motor Company has announced it will delve into the hot rod segment with its new MOGrod. A rendering of the four-wheeled concept has generated tons of excitement, and the automaker claims it has “already received 250,000 pre orders, beat that Tesla!”

Google Self-Driving Bicycle: No other city in the world embraces bicycle culture like Amsterdam, so Google Netherlands devised its answer to the Google’s self-driving car.  Introduced in time for April Fool’s day, the self-driving bicycle uses the same technology as the self-driving car with additional tech needed to balance on two wheels. The self-driving bicycle received the endorsement from prominent city officials including Amsterdam mayor Kajsa Ollongren.

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