Volkswagen now admits the name change was just an April Fools prank
WASHINGTON D.C. (WDEF) – Volkswagen of America officials now confess that their “Voltswagen” name change was just an April Fools stunt.
CBS reports the same company spokesman who insisted that it was legit yesterday, admits it was not today.
A statement to CNN claimed “The renaming was designed to be an announcement in the spirit of April Fool’s Day.”
But media headlines did not share the spirit.
Some of the examples include the terms “hoaxes,” “lied,” “fake news,” and “disaster of an April Fool’s stunt.
It all began on Monday when a press release was “accidentally” posted on Monday a month prematurely.
When auto industry publications reached out to ask if it was a prank or a mistake, “unnamed” officials assured them the change was real, just premature.
The stunt was supposed to promote the new all electric vehicles hitting the U.S. market this month.
Those vehicles were supposed to make us forget about the company’s misleading reporting of fuel economy numbers on their diesel vehicles a few years ago.
They were found to have faked emissions testing to clear benchmarks they had claimed publically.