Volkswagen’s move to reduce the standard specs of several of its cars to overcome shortages has cut local waiting times by up to six months, the Australian branch says.
Volkswagen Australia has revealed which of its cars currently have the highest stock in the country, after announcing some feature cuts across its model range in a bid to reduce wait times for customers amid a parts shortage.
“The T-Cross is now on the ground and the facelift of the T-Roc won’t be launched until August, but it is being built in large numbers so we expect to have decent numbers in August,” Michelle Rowney, Volkswagen Australia’s Head of Product, told motivation.
“Also the Touareg, we have secured an extra production of 1000 units, and the Polo has a decent stock in the [base-spec] Life model.”
The 2022 Tiguan Allspace – which has received a mid-life facelift in line with its five-seat sibling – is also likely to land with solid availability.
“We got a pretty good production [of the Tiguan Allspace] from Mexico compared to the normal Tiguan,” Glenn Reid, Product Manager for Volkswagen Australia, told journalists at the launch of the facelifted model.
However, availability will likely be inconsistent across the range, with entry-level Life models offering more inventory than higher – and typically more popular – model classes.
“The Tiguan Allspace has been built in good numbers, except for the Elegance and R-Line versions with [the] 162TSIA [petrol engine]’ said Mrs Rowney.
“That’s why we did the Adventure model to try [more stock of the] 162TSI,” added Ms. Rowney, referring to the five-seat special edition of the incoming Tiguan Allspace update with the 162TSI engine, only five seats, smaller wheels and camping-related accessories.
The Allspace Adventure Edition – with a luggage capacity of 760 liters – will land in Volkswagen showrooms in August 2022, after the imminent arrival of the regular Tiguan Allspace.
Amid ongoing global semiconductor shortages, Volkswagen has announced it will remove blind spot monitoring, proactive occupant protection and cross-traffic safety warnings from a range of model year 2023 local vehicles for a six-month period.
According to Paul Pottinger, General Manager Corporate Communications at VW Australia, the changes to specifications will have a significant impact on wait times.
“I would go so far as to say that this made the difference between having an offer and not having it for six months,” Mr Pottinger said. motivation.
Exact wait times are yet to be seen, as some of the affected, unspecified models – including the Polo, T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Passat and Arteon – have yet to roll off the production line.
†We will tell dealers and customers as soon as we know and not wait for the cars to arrive,” said Michelle Rowney, Head of Product at Volkswagen Australia. motivation.
“We’re talking about cars that aren’t even built yet.”