Fake news of Volkswagen to Voltswagen was a gimmick.
Many of the big outlets fell for it, but Volkswagen is not rebranding its name to Voltswagen, according to multiple reports.
Though the company had put on an official statement on Tuesday announcing the rebranding, it was an early prank for April Fool's Day.
The American division of the German automaker put up a press release on its media site on Monday stating that Volkswagen Group of America “is unveiling the official change of its U.S. brand name from Volkswagen of America to Voltswagen of America” to lean into its electric vehicle production plans.
VW was trolled on social media platforms for misleading news release with some commenters recalling the company's diesel emissions scandal and years of misleading customers and regulators.