By David Shepardson, Christoph SteitzWASHINGTON (Reuters) – German automaker Volkswagen AGs U.S. unit provided an incorrect news release on Tuesday declaring it would relabel its U.S. operations as “Voltswagen of America” in a marketing stunt created to call attention to its electric automobile efforts, the company stated on Tuesday.VW came under criticism on social media for its misleading news release, some commenters remembering the businesss diesel emissions scandal and years of misinforming regulators and customers. The worlds second-largest carmaker expects to double electric lorry deliveries and enhance earnings for its core brand name this year after stepping up its switch to totally electric vehicles.Some VW authorities have revealed frustration that its considerable U.S. EV efforts have not drawn as much attention as Tesla or General Motors.The Volkswagen brand aims to invest 16 billion euros ($ 19 billion) in electrification and digitalization by 2025. Volkswagen in 2015 admitted to using illegal software application to rig diesel engine tests in the United States, triggering Germanys greatest corporate crisis and costing the carmaker more than 32 billion euros ($ 38 billion) in fines, refits and legal costs.In 2017, VW pleaded guilty to scams, obstruction of justice and making false declarations as part of a $4.3 billion settlement reached with the U.S. Justice Department over the automakers diesel emissions scandal.Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Howard Goller

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