A Volkswagen UK spokesman couldn’t reveal the precise lead times for the last orders placed but confirmed that they're well under one year. The bottlenecks blamed for slow production were also not pinned down to a supply issue or fault with production, so the only solution for Volkswagen to avoid excessively long lead times was to suspend orders of the model.
A Volkswagen statement reads: “Due to bottlenecks in production and in order to not impose unreasonable waiting times on our customers for new car orders, temporarily the Golf GTE cannot be ordered. We will inform you as soon as this model is available to order again.”
The production problem follows Tesla’s production bottlenecks experienced with the Model 3, which failed to meet delivery targets and prompted CEO Elon Musk to announce that issues in its Gigafactory were being looked into.
Despite the Golf’s position as one of the UK’s best-selling cars, the GTE is one of its slowest-selling variants in the UK, with fewer than 2000 registered per year since the model’s introduction in 2015.
Orders for the Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid are also to be suspended later in the year. Audi UK is awaiting confirmation from the plant as to the official reason for the sales hiatus.
The Golf GTE and A3 e-tron share the same powertrain, although this has not been given as the reason for the pause.