It seems some online motoring media got caught out on April 1 with the array of April Fool’s jokes that some manufacturers put out, as reported on am-online.
Seat's Aero-Tonto received plenty of interest from WorldCarFans, CAR Magazine and Yahoo! Cars, with Kia's Aero-Soul concept with ‘Air Propulsion and Retardation Installation Line of technology' also featuring.
There's plenty of 'LOL-ing' in the comments pages as some readers almost fell for it, but congratulations go to Kia for properly fooling one avid WCF fan, who unfortunately committed this to the site early in the day: "What the hell is that supposed to be? is that serious? who'd wana turn their car into a duster?".
Autotrader.co.uk reported on both, and also included our favourite - the Hyundai Popemobile, a gag so good it confused Richard Hammond enough to think the i10 was a Kia in his Mirror.co.uk blog.
Newcarnet.co.uk even found it topical enough to suggest that every G20 leader should have one. However, the Hyundai i10 ‘Special Project' is not that unbelievable to those who remember the i10 ice cream van from BIMS last year...
Another story that caught Hammond off guard was the release from Europcar that could be placed in the ‘almost believable' category: "...car-hire giant Europcar claimed to be fitting its cars with meters. They'd supply £10 of mileage before you have to put coins in (at £1.04 per mile). Nearly fell for that until I thought about the £1.04 - first of April. Phew."