VW has confirmed that only half of its models have gained type approval ahead of 1 September deadline
31 August 2018

Volkswagen says just half of its existing models have gained type approval under the latest emission regulations, following delays in a new certification process.

From 1 September all new cars sold within the European Union are obliged to fulfil tough new regulations as part of the so-called Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) developed to provide a more realistic measure of fuel consumption and emissions.

However, Volkswagen’s head of sales and marketing in Germany, Thomas Zahn, has confirmed the company has only achieved type approval for seven of the 14 model lines sold in Europe.

“The new tests are more cumbersome and take two to three times longer than in the past. Even limited edition models need to be tested separately,” Zahn said in a conference call with journalists this week, adding, “The coming months will be challenging for us.”  

Significantly, Volkswagen’s best selling model, the Golf, is among the models yet to have gained total clearance. The volume-selling variants are expected to be certified in the next two weeks, with the brand's test bench running 24hrs a day to clear the certification process.

The delay has left Volkswagen with growing customer unrest as delivery times on popular models are forced to be extended, with some Golf variants delayed by as much as six months, according to German dealer sources, who described the situation as “disastrous”.

Zahn said he expects the full Golf range to gain certification clearance by the end of September. Even so, some customers are already being quoted delivery times into 2019. A Volkswagen UK spokesperson has confirmed that the average lead time for most Golf variants here is around 14 to 15 weeks, up from 6 to 10 weeks before WLTP was introduced. 

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In anticipation of the delay in deliveries due to the WLTP certification, Volkswagen has begun stockpiling new cars produced at factories around Europe. 80% of those cars are already sold, however. 

The German car maker recently revealed it had rented ground space at Berlin’s new international airport, which has yet to open, to accommodate thousands of newly produced cars with the intent to begin delivery as soon as they have been granted type approval by authorities.

Autocar is awaiting comment from other Volkswagen Group manufacturers, such as SEAT, Skoda and Audi, regarding whether or not UK deliveries are being affected. 

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31 August 2018
When frauds could pass any and all such tests with a few strokes on the keyboard in the offices in Wolfsburg and Inglostadt.

FMS

31 August 2018
fadyady wrote:

When frauds could pass any and all such tests with a few strokes on the keyboard in the offices in Wolfsburg and Inglostadt.

 

Indeed...all "good" things must come to an end...

K_A

31 August 2018

I was quoted for on the VW Arteon 1.5 TSI Elegance DSG model with no options. On the Golf and Skoda Karoq 1.6 TDI DSG FWD, I was given a 7 month delivery date, which put me off from purchasing any of the models. 

Both the VW & Skoda retailer admitted that Volkswagen didn't prepare ahead for these changes and is now panicking.

31 August 2018

VAG unprepared yet again... stock piling cars? What a great idea because you want your car sat under the flight path of plans when it opens good for the paint work. VAG must be run by a circus act

FMS

31 August 2018
Jimbbobw1977 wrote:

VAG unprepared yet again... stock piling cars? What a great idea because you want your car sat under the flight path of plans when it opens good for the paint work. VAG must be run by a circus act

 

Nope, a circus act, prepares for the show, did they?.

31 August 2018

I can’t believe many other manufacturers are not in the same boat. If they are not they are probably lying or not testing every variant. VW is having problems just testing because of the sheer number of model variants they have to test. The EU should have given everyone another 6 months. Not inflict billion dollar costs on everyone that will be passed onto the consumer eventually.

31 August 2018

maybe if everything wasn't a option on VW / AUDI etc they wouldn't have to test every single model with different options! Mind you if BMW have managed obviously VW were too slow as always to react.

Other manufaturers have done it - tough luck VW - I have ordered a volvo v60 on lease instead - not waiting 9 months for my replacement to arrive. Plus the VW quality is going down hill - doubt I will be back for another.

31 August 2018

so you're saying you would have preferred a VW over a V60 but didn't want to wait?

FMS

31 August 2018
xxxx wrote:

so you're saying you would have preferred a VW over a V60 but didn't want to wait?

 

You are such a TWIT...did you read and UNDERSTAND the OP's post?. NO. OP stated in their opinion, VAG quality down, ordered Volvo...you are a HUGE TWIT. TWIT.

31 August 2018
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

so you're saying you would have preferred a VW over a V60 but didn't want to wait?

 

You are such a TWIT...did you read and UNDERSTAND the OP's post?. NO. OP stated in their opinion, VAG quality down, ordered Volvo...you are a HUGE TWIT. TWIT.

The guys a massive troll FMS! He hates VW with a passion and reads all the articles on Autocar ready to insult VW at the earliest opportunity! Been like this for a couple of years now - way too much time on his hands. Let's not forget his father in law's A3 he's a big fan of though! Oh the LOL's! BTW ask him what he drives....and you may never get a reply! Joke.

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