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IKEA to launch a car?

A strange but very official-looking French Web site declares that IKEA is launching an eco-car April 1. But April 1-7 is also France's Sustainable Development Week.

So what kind of car are you going to get next? Perhaps, I might tempt your credulity by asking you to consider a new eco-car called the LEKO.

A Toyota? No, an IKEA.

A strange Web site has appeared,, on which a very relaxed, modern, eco-friendly chap, allegedly the great car designer Christophe Grozs, stands next to an apparent car draped with the word LEKO and the tagline "la voiture selon IKEA."

Yes, the car according to IKEA.

Looks like a perfect car dealership, no? Flickr/OiMax

The LEKO (L'eco, get it?), allegedly has the backing of the World Wildlife Fund in France. Which might mean the fund has put money into the creation or that the car will have plastic panda-skin seats.

It also will save you untold (because unspecified) amounts of money on your expenditure. And it is humongously eco-friendly.

This is an ad, right?

If IKEA made a car, the doors might not fit quite perfectly into the body. Then you'd really have to work hard to use those tiny screwdrivers to make sure the engine didn't wobble. And just imagine the number of screws it would take to put in the cup holder.

There's the name too. Real IKEA product names never make sense. They always seem to resemble a fair to middling Scrabble hand--for example, KLIPPAN or LYCKSELE. LEKO is far too meaningful.

Now that you're enthused, I don't want you groaning when I tell you that the LEKO will launch on April 1--the day when all silly adverts have their 15 hours of fame.

However, just to complicate your purchasing decision, I will also tell you that April 1-7 is Sustainable Development Week in France. And here is the Web site to prove it.

So will you soon be able to take the world's smartest car (it appears to be convertible into a coupe or a convertible) home in a flatpack?

Or is IKEA simply trying to amuse French people into doing good?

My bet is that they're making their flat packs smaller so that they fit in more cars. Or that they're buying VW.