Despite a press release stating otherwise, Volkswagen would not change its name to “Voltswagen” in the United States.
The name change was an April Fool’s joke that was accidentally leaked to the press some days early.
It was initially billed as a sign of VW’s transition to electric cars, and it was backed by US CEO Scott Keogh.
On Wednesday, the automaker will issue an official statement clarifying the situation.
The carmaker also went so far as to change its name on its US website and launch a new Voltswagen Twitter account on Tuesday.
It denied that it was a joke, which led to the news being picked up by a slew of media outlets.
‘Replacing a K with a T’
“We may be changing our K for a T, but what we aren’t changing is this brand’s dedication to make best-in-class vehicles for drivers and people everywhere,” Mr Keogh said in the press release.
“This name change is a reference to our history as the people’s car, as well as our strong conviction that the people’s electric car is our future.”
The Volkswagen Group has long backed the Paris Climate Agreement’s targets and aspires to be carbon-neutral by 2050.
VW has also stated that one million electric vehicles will be sold globally by 2025.
The diesel pollution scandal of 2015, however, tarnished its environmental record. The company admitted to installing software in 11 million diesel vehicles around the world that could cheat emissions tests.
As a result, it has faced significant fines and compensation lawsuits in Europe and the United States, and two VW workers have been sentenced to prison in the United States.