April Fool’s Day Roundup: BMW Officially Reveals M3 Pickup

We woke up this morning to a barrage of news releases that appeared rather strange in nature, and upon glancing at our calendars the date hit home. Below are a few of the better jokes we found today.

A few weeks ago photos of a BMW M3 front clip attached to a pickup rear were taken at the Nurburgring. Coincidentally, BMW chose April first to officially announce the vehicle. Helping the faux story along, BMW's press release entailed extensive specifications and several photos of the speedy truck. According to the automaker, the M3 sport utility employs the same 420-horsepower V-8 engine as a standard M3, but is capable of hauling some 992 pounds of cargo in its bed. Although a hoax, we're confident there would be a select few individuals that would pony up for this sort of vehicle.

BMW's fun didn't stop there, as the automaker's UK arm sent out a release today announcing a Royal Edition of its M3 coupe. Just weeks before the union between Prince William and Kate Middleton, today BMW revealed its plan to release a commemorative edition celebrating the occasion. The automaker asks prospective customers to contact Pauline.yorlegg@bmw.co.uk for further information regarding the special edition model.

Road & Track joined in the April first fun with an exclusive first look at Chevrolet's Volt convertible. Having some fun with Photoshop, R&T chopped the top and removed the rear doors, making way for elongated front doors. While there are indeed a bizarre convertibles on the market, we don't think American consumers are quite ready for a drop top Volt.  Posed as a joke, do you think there is any future in a Volt convertible?

Speaking of strange convertibles, Autoblog secured a photo of Honda's Accord Crosstour Cabriolet, which would be aimed squarely at the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Although not real - so we believe - how do you think the Honda convertible stacks up against Nissan's new convertible?

Sometimes April fool's jokes just aren't funny, Mitsubishi's is a prime example. While the automaker has played with our emotions lately regarding the future of its Lancer Evolution, today's joke centered on what could be the Evo's successor. Dubbed the AF-J (April Fool's Joke), the car depicted was the "i-MiEVO" -- a hopped up iMiEV dressed in Evo-inspired gear. Said to return 124 miles per charge, and top speeds reaching 174 mph, the tall-standing AF-J is thankfully a joke.

Cadillac already has a pickup truck in its lineup, but a one-ton truck it does not. Pickuptrucks.com broke the news this morning about a new Cadillac dually featuring a diesel engine capable of 410-horsepower, 810 pound-feet of torque. An odd combination, but we suppose someone out there would be interested.

Citing a need to improve aerodynamic efficiencies, today the EPA announced it will soon ban all non-rounded letters on vehicles. Through extensive testing, the agency found that removing all non-compliant letters results in efficiency gains ranging from 3 to 5 percent. Targeted high on the list are letters L, M, T, and W. The ban will begin in 2012 said the government agency.

Jalopnik announced it had been bought by The Huffington Post, and would immediately merge with Autoblog to form Autoblognik. The new site received an extensive facelift and reworked editorial staff, but unfortunately retains Gawker's new format. The site has been a wild success thus far, and has taken a turn toward appreciating photography of mid-size sedans.

What was your favorite automotive April Fool's joke today? Let us know in the comments section below.

Paul
My favourite bit of April 1st timing was Rolls Royce announcing the all-electric Phantom.

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