Volkswagen, despite being one of the largest car manufacturers in the world, is getting overwhelmed by demand for some its plug-in models.

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

First we heard of high demand for the e-Golf, so the manufacturing plant added a second shift to double output to 70 cars a day (up to 2,100 a month). Sales of the e-Golf stand in Europe at less than 12,000 after eleven months.

Now, it turns out that Volkswagen isn't able to provide enough Golf GTE plug-in hybrids and, at least in UK, orders are suspended keep wait times from going beyond several months.

Volkswagen apparently is struggling with undefined production bottlenecks, which is especially strange because the Golf GTE, in all Europe, found only around 7,500 customers over 11-months of 2017. That's not the kind of volume that should lead to a shortage of anything.

Hopefully, Volkswagen will envision higher production volumes in the future so the response to  market needs will be smoother.

Volkswagen Golf GTE - Quick specs:

  • 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine (110 kW/150 PS), a 75 kW/102 PS electric motor and a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox developed specifically for hybrid models
  • up to 50 km (31 miles) in all-electric mode (NEDC), with its total range being around 880 km (547 miles)
  • 8.7 kWh lithium-ion
  • Charging time: AC 2.3 kW 100% SOC in 3.45 h or AC 3.6 kW 100% SOC in 2.15 h
  • Acceleration 0-80 km/h (50 mph) in 4.9 seconds / 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds
  • Top speed 222 km/h (138 mph)
  • Fuel consumption in Combined cycle 1.8 – 1.6 l/100km and 12 – 11.4 kWh/100km
  • Kerb weight (EU, incl. 75 kg driver) 1,615 kg
Source: Volkswagen via Autocar