Mini Cooper T
The world's first tea-powered automotive is available in a range of colour schemes including 'Chamomile Yellow, 'Red Bush' and 'Earl Grey'. Dr Ivana Kuppa, of Cooper T engineering, stated that "the project has been (wait for it) brewing for years". Mini win this year's prize for the most puns in a single sentence.
Vauxhall Astra Copacabana
Footballers and palm trees decorating the doors, a giant Brazilian flag on the roof, actual turf upholstery, sand. Everything you could want from a Brazil Word Cup/Vauxhall Astra tie in. Watch their advert here. Respect.
BMW's M3 Pick-up Truck
BMW's 2011 prank was planned so far in advance, with so much preparation, it feels unfair not to mention it every year. BMW hinted that it had added a pick-up body style to its M3 line of performance cars. How did they hint it? By actually building a pick-up style M3 performance car. The M3 Pick-up could apparently hold up to 20 golf bags and was the only M3 in history with a trailer tow hitch. That's how you commit to a joke.
Vauxhall's Accelerator Pedal Retarding Intervention Lump
A prank of pure glibness, Vauxhall announced in 2006 a previously unmentioned extra to their Astra VXR. The Pedal Retarding Lump was a detachable piece of the floor one would then situate underneath the accelerator pedal. Allegedly in response to criticism that the VXR was too powerful, Vauxhall stated that in extensive testing, the Lump had slowed the 6 second 0-60 time down to a much gentler 14.06 seconds.
Land Rover's Self-Levelling Tax Disc
Land Rover's 2011 tax disc based innovation was supposedly born out of necessity. A new piece of legislation that instructed tax discs to "be displayed within parameters that do not exceed 20 degrees" had been implemented. This was due to increased levels of Repetitive Neck Strain sustained by Traffic Enforcement officers trying to read the tax discs of Land Rovers parked at difficult angles. To solve this problem for their customers, Land Rover developed Contra-Motion technology, as this demonstration shows.