Voltswagen? VW’s name change was early April Fool’s Day stunt

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WASHINGTON — German automaker Volkswagen AG’s U.S. unit issued a false news release on Tuesday claiming it would rename its U.S. operations as “Voltswagen of America” in a marketing stunt designed to call attention to its electric vehicle efforts, the company said on Tuesday. VW came under criticism on social media for its misleading news release, some commenters recalling the company’s diesel emissions scandal and years of misleading customers and regulators.

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