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Volkswagen Golf GTE and Audi A3 e-tron sales halted

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Production woes for the Golf GTE may have a roll-on affect to Australia. 

Sales of Volkswagen’s plug-in hybrid hatchback have been suspended this month as limited supply and production constraints put a halt to orders.

A spokesperson for the UK’s local arm told British outlet Autocar the wait list was so bad it had to pull the model from sale.

“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.” 

Volkswagen UK previously released a statement in October 2017 that sales of the GTE had increased by more than 300 per cent year-on-year and was well ahead of prediction with 3000 units delivered, a figure boosted by a near $6000 price drop when the updated model arrived in March.

No reason has been given for the pause in sales yet, except that the bottleneck in production is not due to either a supply issue or manufacturing fault, however, the problem will also affect Volkswagen Group’s Audi brand, which builds its A3 e-tron on the same hybrid drivetrain.

Both the Golf GTE and A3 e-tron share a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine mated to an electric motor that together produce 150kW/350Nm and return a combined fuel consumption rating of 1.4-litres per 100km.

Audi UK confirmed sales of its plug-in hybrid are to be suspended later in the year and is waiting for an official reason for the pause in supply, though lead times are expected to be ‘well under one year’.

Volkswagen Australia has previously stated it wanted the Golf GTE to go on-sale here in 2018 but it doesn’t know at this stage if the overseas blockage will push back availability. A spokesperson for the local arm was still waiting for information but told Drive “at the moment we’re seeking clarity about GTE availability.”

Audi Australia added that it was unaware of the pause in sales of the e-tron and is waiting
 

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