Remember when Volkswagen got caught lying about the emissions of its supposedly “clean” diesel engines?
Apparently not enough people at Volkswagen do, even after the tens of billions it paid in fines and legal settlements, because the company still seems to think lying to the public is an acceptable corporate strategy.
The automaker claims its Tuesday press release announcing a name change to “Voltswagen” was just a harmless joke “in the spirit of April Fools’ Day.”
The problem, though, besides that April Fools’ pranks are obnoxious, is that it wasn’t harmless. Even after everyone correctly assumed the company was making a lame joke, Volkswagen’s U.S. public relations department insisted, repeatedly and inexplicably, that it was entirely serious.
“We didn’t mean to mislead anyone,” a spokesman for the company that intentionally misled numerous news outlets — including Automotive News, Reuters, CNBC, the Associated Press and The Washington Post — told The Wall Street Journal….
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