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Barracuda Leak, Tea-Powered MINI, Doggie Driving Lessons: The Web's Best April Fool Stories

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Another year, another first of April and chances to pull pranks on family and workmates. And another chance to see what car manufacturers and websites have come up with to fool the general population with new vehicles and unusual special editions. Below is our round-up of the best to drop onto the newsdesk this year...

BMW Force Injection Booster

You know the trouble with modern cars? You have to be driving at illegal speeds to truly enjoy them. As a way of getting around this issue and making you feel like you're really working the car hard even at lower speeds, BMW has invented the Force Injection Booster ('FIB' for short)--extracting kinetic energy from the car and turning it into positive g-forces below 20 mph. Combined with an electric current through the front seats and BMW 'AirNet' technology to protect your curls, every journey is made more exciting...

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Volkswagen Paw-Wheel Drive

Think dogs can't drive? Think again. Over the last two months, dogs at a rescue center in Hertfordshire, England, have been taught to drive a Volkswagen Amarok pickup. They were trained via wooden toys and a mock-up dashboard, but can now co-ordinate movements to drive the car. Drivers can spot the dog-driven VW by its license plate--FR5T APR...

MINI Cooper T

Brits love tea. Brits also love MINIs. Now they can combined the two with the MINI Cooper T--the first vehicle fueled by a tea-leaf biofuel composite. Available in a series of appropriate colors, including ‘Chamomile Yellow’, ‘Red Bush’ and ‘Earl Gray’, the Cooper T also features special Dunk Avoidance Technology, preventing owners from inadvertently dipping England's favorite digestive biscuits into the tank...

TopSpeed's all-new Barracuda

The Plymouth brand and its Barracuda muscle car are much missed, but TopSpeed has caught a scoop--the 'Cuda is set to return...as a rebadged Dodge Dart. That means no rear-wheel drive, smoky burnouts, but gas mileage should be decent. It looks the part too, but true muscle car fans probably won't be impressed...

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carwow's Tesco car

Tesco is to Britain as Wal-Mart is to the U.S.--massive, hugely profitable, and often accused of killing small businesses. It deals in everything from groceries to insurance, but its latest offering, exclusively revealed by U.K. website carwow, is a car to rival budget brands like the Volkswagen Group's Skoda arm. Called the Mercado, Tesco is offering everything from reduced insurance rates to discounted gas at its supermarket filling stations...

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