A day after Volkswagen said it was changing its name to 'Voltswagen,' company now calls it a joke, reports say

The Volkswagen ID.4 EV sport-utility vehicle is the German automaker's new electric car.

About that plan to change Volkswagen of America’s name. Never mind.

The automaker’s plan to change its American division’s name to “Voltswagen,” as part of its investment in electric vehicles was all a joke.

Volkswagen officials at the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, have told The Wall Street Journal that a press release about the name change was a joke aimed at getting attention for its all-electric SUV the ID.4, which has just gone on sale.

The announcement was part of an April Fools’ Day joke to build hype for the vehicle, a person familiar with the situation told CNBC.

The company is expected to issue a statement Wednesday – the day before April Fools’ Day – about the name change being a stunt, a company official told the Journal.

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