Volkswagen Halts Golf GTE Order Due To Crazy High Demand

MAY 6 2018 BY DOMINIK WILDE 48

Want one? You’re going to have to wait.

Volkswagen has stopped taking orders for its Golf GTE hybrid hatchback citing “unprecedented demand.”

The car, a plug-in hybrid equivalent to the Golf GTI, has proven so popular, that it looks like even Volkswagen – Europe’s biggest carmaker – has managed to outdo itself.

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A message on Volkswagen’s website reads “Due to unprecedented demand, leading to long delivery lead times, Golf GTE is currently closed to ordering.”

We contacted Volkswagen for clarification on the matter, and a spokesman for Volkswagen UK confirmed that the popularity of the car meant that the German firm’s factories had reached capacity and that build times had increased as a result.

“We have temporarily stopped taking orders for the Golf GTE,’ the spokesman said. ‘We had a high number of orders last year and into this year, which was partly driven by the successful “Push the Button” marketing campaign. The pace of the new orders arriving meant we filled the maximum production capacity of our factories and so the build time for new orders ran into a significant number of months.”

Despite that, Volkswagen is still offering the all-electric e-Golf which has a range of 186 miles, as well as the e-up! electric city car. The new Up GTI is also proving hard to get your hands on any time soon.

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But if it’s the hybrid Golf GTE that you’ve got your heart set on, why not take a look at our review of the car. You may not be able to get one right now, but you can find out what we think of it; and who knows? maybe the order books will open again once more in the near future.

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Who would have thought!

Everyone, including them…that’s why they did not prepare.

Another Euro point of view

There is something weird going on with PHEVs from European car makers. I saw an interview 2 months ago about this and the story was that car manufacturers just do not have a good enough visibility yet on how the new WLTP test will affect CO2 emissions of current PHEVS. As many of those cars are being bought as company cars for tax reasons (having to do with current low CO2 under NEDC test), this lack of visibility on emissions is so much of a problem that apparently those car makers decided to just stop production of those PHEVS until they have better visibility. In case that information is correct we will likely see a drastic fall of the sales figures of those PHEVs (at least in Europe) till the end of this year (& maybe further in 2019 ?).

They have not stopped making them – they just sell a lot of them. I’ve tried them, and I understand why people buy them. Many can drive to and from work on batteries alone. That is a big deal if you live in a country with very expensive fuel. It gets extra power when needed, which is nice – since most engines are small, due to taxes. They can use is as a normal car on longer trips with no need for charging. In addition, they tend to add more equipment to those models AND you can cool/warm the vehicle before you use it. They sell almost no normal cars anymore. In a transition to EVs, they gives the user the ability to drive on electricity for a while (whick could always be longer), and some of the other benefits of an EV. I had a diesel fanatic at work, and when he got his PHEV – he liked the silence, the power, the cut in fuel costs and the extra power option. I drive an i3, that does the job for normal driving. I also have a large diesel passenger van, that I would love to replace with an… Read more »

But there is no demand for evs or phevs, or sedans.
There is no demand for legacy gas & “clean” diesel but they continue to make that garbage. I hope they choke on the fumes they create, VW.
VW executives have tossed all their American travel brochures in the trash.

Rumor is they will compete in the next olympics, feet dragging competition. Top contenders!

I haven’t seen any sales data on this car (since it isn’t sold in the USA) so it’s hard to know what to make of this. Are they making 100 of them a month and that is the max the factory can build? If so, then I’m not impressed. But if it is thousands per month, then I’m impressed.

They delivered 772 Golf GTE per month on average in Europe last year.

Not too long from now, that’s how many Model 3’s Tesla will produce per day.

Sold 908 cars in Europe in March:http://ev-sales.blogspot.si/search/label/Europe

Wow. That’s a lot, in nobody’s book. This is purposeful incompetence.

Considering that they sell half a million Golfs in Europe per year then 21 000 chargeable Golfs are not that impressive. They should at least triple the production of the e-Golf and Golf GTE.

Yes, if they can’t make more someone should be FIRED.

“Despite that, Volkswagen is still offering the all-electric e-Golf which has a range of 186 miles”
Miles or KM? Or are you referring to the European cycle?

125 miles EPA

If it could drive to the moon and back on a charge..It does not matter.. it’s almost a years waiting list to get it.

Not for the eGolf…is it?

When will VW sell the GTE in the USA? I currently have a Golf TDI and it is the best car I have ever owned. I live in the US , and VW is buying my TDI back it is still the best car I have owned, ever.

Probably never, sadly.

Audi A3 E-tron is basically same car, and that should be available in US.

They just announced $48billion in battery investment, so just convert all the Golf factories to produce eGolf and Golf GTE, and make them available every where. Instead of just making them in compliance numbers.

It’s a damn shame GM sold Opel and is not selling the Bolt EV in Europe. there is obviously demand for small sporty and efficient hatchbacks.

The Bolt is certainly not small.

It isn’t light because of the big battery but it IS a small car, though a tall one.

I’d consider this Golf here midsize and it is smaller than the Bolt. A small car is something like the Polo.

Golf is larger than the Bolt, Bolt sits between Golf and Polo

It’s not large. It has a small car outside and midsize car inside. Don’t take offense, I am supporter and fan of the Bolt.

These cars can only be registered as new until the end of August after which the new WLTP cycle including the emission test is introduced. It is questionable if they will develop and produce a particle filter for the small petrol engine in these hybrids since they are only made in small numbers anyway. It seems far more likely they stop the production of those altogether until the new Golf Mark 8 arrives a few months later.

Particulate filters apply to diesels not gasoline engines. Volkswagen makes two classes of cars smaller than the Golf sold here in the US, the polo and the up. They make literally millions of small engined anually. I’m sure the production volume issues with this car are on the electric side.

Too bad they don’t sell these here, but I believe we are only going to BEVs from VW and except for the LOW volume e-golf not for another 2-3 years.

The also apply to gasoline engines in the future (I think this year or 2019) because most gas cars nowadays have direct fuel injection which makes them emit more particulate matter. In fact they are even allowed to emit more by law compared to diesel cars in Europe. Isn’t that strange? Only indirect injection is cleaner in that area. The problem with indirect is that fuel consumption is a little bit higher and therefore also CO2 emissions. Toyotas uses an indirect injection Atkinson gas engine combined with an electric motor which is the perfect combination for their hybrid example. That’s why they’re the cleanest hybrids. Hyundai for example uses a direct injection engine in their hybrids and plug in hybrids and that is not good and makes them not really clean.

yeah.. gasoline engines with direct injection produce extreme amounts of small particles, that may get deeper in the lungs.
A particle filter on a GDI engine can reduce the emissions by as much as 90-95%.
Particle filters are on many 2018 models already. Most/all VW models (they started in the 2017 models), BMW on some models, Merccedes on some higer end models and Ford on the Mustang.

The particle filter is just the first step. VW says they will probably sell 7 million cars with SCR catalysts by 2022. That means a normal direct injection gasoline engine will get a SCR catalyst too – just like a diesel.
The particle emissions from gasoline engines have not been a focus in media (and is still not), like the diesel particle emissions.

A new diesel engine with a particle filter and a SCR catalyst have much lower particle emissions than a normal gasoline engine with direct injection… so there is clearly a need for filters.

It will add cost, and maintenance –> more people will buy EVs.

More info about filters:
https://www.aecc.eu/key-topics/gasoline-particulate-filter/
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.7b05641

You now need particulate filters for gasoline engines as well. I’m particularly talking about the engines in the hybrids where there might be no point in developing a filter for them. The small gasoline only cars are sell in the 100ks so it is worth the effort.

” is still offering the all-electric e-Golf which has a range of 186 miles” ….. in NEDC fantasy land.

There, fixed your omission for you.

125m EPA

But, but, but. . . legacy auto manufacturers can ramp up production at the drop of a hat! Can’t they?

If they plan a high number. Eg 500k per year they can do that no problem. If they planned with 10k and then demand is 100k they also need to extend production capacity and so does the supply chain.

Nissan / Renault, your time to shine in Europe.

They must be going through production hell.

Too funny, from the reports you would think Tesla is the only one with production issues. Here’s a major player with the same issues…. hmm.

There are some rules and regulations matters here as well.
I would not be surpriced to see that they will make the batteries a bit bigger – or more energy dense, to reach a certain WLT distance.

Another Euro point of view
Looking at this picture of a golf GTE, it struck me how standards regarding car size have increased. When I was a kid (in the 70s) we had a Saab 96, we were a family of four + dog. Would we have had that Golf at that time, for us it would have been like now having a mercedes class S , for size as well as for luxury. The inside volume of that Saab 96 had probably about only 60% of the inside volume of a Golf. We would travel from Belgium to Spain or to France each summer never thinking that size of the car was a problem. 0-60 mph time of that car must have been about 20 sec (60hp or so engine). Now a family with kids would not dream of having a car as small as a Golf. I feel truly sorry for our planet earth that has to carry billions of human being with an ever increasing ego & conception of what is barely sufficient for their needs. Thinking of it, by driving EVs that are powered by clean energy we do a necessary but tiny step in the right direction. For the rest,… Read more »

I completely agree.
It seems to me that many of the “electric car enthusiasts” actually buy some of the current long range electric land barges (e.g. Tesla S and X, soon I-pace, mission-e) to feel better about themselves while refusing to change the wasteful lifestyle and habits which necessitate these things.
In my opinion focusing purely on the CO2 emissions and local emissions is the wrong way to go. We should focus on our footprint instead. Moving to a well insulated urban apartment closer to work where most things can be reached via public transport, rarely used things (large volume car, RV…) can be rented + having a diet with low or zero meat consumption (especially beef) will accomplish way more than buying any of the expensive hi-tech solutions.
But what do I know. I’m just another nutter on the internet.

But, but, but, that larger car still looks smaller in the 3 car garage attached to our 2600 sf home on 2 acres of ground. We don’t know who our neighbors are, but we have to keep up with (the mythical) them, anyway.

Obviously I must be stupid, but if there’s demand for a product, shouldn’t they keep making it?

Unless they never had any intention of supporting the demand.

on september the 1st. the Euro 6c rating will come into effect. To achieve the emission standards it will need a particulate filter. So it doesn’t make sense to accept orders that won’t meet the deadline.

The current VW plug-in vehicles are limited production affairs that retrofit an electric battery and motor into an existing package. These are not intended for mass production, rather they are compliance cars and/or test-beds for VW’s development of the plug-in technology which the corporation treats as a necessary cost rather than a potential profit center.

Looking forward to the first serious VW plug-in vehicle designed and produced with the intent to sell in volume, probably be a couple years coming.

VW doubled their production of the eGolf earlier this year adding a second shift where they are built but they probably cannot get any more batteries…
This is probably why VW doubled their 24 billion future battery contract for the IDs to 48 billion last week…

Why is the Golf GTE not on Inside EV’s “Compare EV’s” report?

”We have abilities that Tesla don’t have” I remember someting like that from a vw boss.. Making EV’s is not one of the abilities they were tinking about🤣