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Honda wasn’t the only au­tomaker with a sense of hu­mour mark­ing April Fools’ Day last month. MG Mo­tor and Seat also thought up funny, fake projects to pro­vide comic re­lief in the se­ri­ous busi­ness of selling new cars. MG an­nounced a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new en­gine fu­elled by al­paca poop in pel­let form.

Ap­par­ently the re­sult of sev­eral years’ re­search, the poop-pow­ered pow­er­plant made its de­but in the ZS, MG’s value-packed SUV.

The Bri­tish-Chi­nese car com­pany said that it looks for­ward to the day when peo­ple re­sign horse­power to the his­tory books and re­fer to al­paca power, a sus­tain­able en­ergy source that re­duces ve­hi­cle emis­sions and reuses al­paca ex­cre­ment.

Equally rev­o­lu­tion­ary but less smelly is Seat’s Arona Cop­per Edi­tion, which fea­tures a coin slot in the dash­board. De­posit a cop­per penny to ac­ti­vate the Arona’s en­gine and drive off in the world’s only car pow­ered by loose change. Penny-pinch­ers on a shoe­string mo­tor­ing bud­get would ap­pre­ci­ate this coin-op­er­ated Span­ish SUV, which costs mere pen­nies to run but still of­fers plenty of equip­ment, such as 17inch al­loy wheels, metal­lic paint­work, ex­cel­lent in­fo­tain­ment and cop­per­coloured cabin trim.

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