From the “what the h—-?” files…

Apparently Apple China is looking for an automotive engineer with manufacturing experience. When headhunter Allegis-BN ran a help wanted ad in the automotive department of LinkedIn a couple of weeks ago, it purported that Apple sought a “Supplier Quality Engineer/New Product Integration supervisor.”

The firm ran the following: “Apple(China) Looking for SQE/NPI with over 4 years Mechanical engineering background familiar with CNC/die casting/stamping/plastic injection, can use APQP/ PPAP/SPC to control product quality.”

Could this possibly be for real? After all, Allegis-BN doesn’t list Cupertino on its online client roster, which is kind of suspicious — if anyone does business with Apple, you’d think they’d shout it from the mountaintops. But there has been speculation for years about the tech company getting into cars. Four years ago, there was talk of the iPhone maker slapping hands with Volkswagen to create a concept car. That didn’t wind up going anywhere, but more recently, Mercedes-Benz seems to have picked up the baton — Daimler’s all hot to debut the Drive Kit Plus, an iPhone-based system that touts Siri integrated functionality.

But these are third-party scenarios. A car product from Apple itself has never existed before. So is the time ripe for some sort of iCar? What say youse?

[via Apple Insider]