As the saying goes, a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes. That Volkswagen is dropping the letter “k” and replacing it with “t” to become “Voltswagen,” as reported by USA Today, sounds like just that sort of globe-trotting fib. While we’re skeptical for reasons we’ll tell you in a bit, this report is too weird not to share with our readers. And weirder things have happened.
On Monday morning, a news release with the announcement was briefly published on VW’s media site and then abruptly removed. One of the statements from the press release dated April 29 read as follows, according to the report: “The new name and branding symbolize the highly-charged forward momentum Voltswagen has put in motion, pursuing a goal of moving all people point-to-point with EVs.”
Furthermore, according to the phantom release, the Voltswagen name change would only apply to electric models, while gas-powered vehicles will continue to get the standard VW badge. The switch to Voltswagen would coincide with the automaker’s plans to launch over 70 EVs globally by 2029. This news is also hot on the heels of the recent debut of the Volkswagen ID4 crossover, which is leading the rollout of future EVs to join the VW family.
But the timing of the move, given that April Fools’ Day is just around the corner, has us viewing the entire report with extreme skepticism. We reached out to Volkswagen directly, and it had no comment on the matter. So, stay plugged into this space for more info if or when it becomes available.
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