Australian orders for most standard-wheelbase all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs – and the Golf R hot hatch and estate – have been suspended due to component shortages in Europe.
Volkswagen Australia is no longer taking orders for most versions of five-seater family SUV Tiguan – including high performance Tiguan R – and the Golf R hot hatch and wagon amidst a severe parts shortage.
Orders for the Golf R series and the four standard wheelbase all-wheel drive (AWD) variants of the five-seat Tiguan – 132TSI, 147TDI, 162TSI and R – are being suspended “until further notice”.
Volkswagen attributes the Tiguan 132TSI, 147TDI and 162TSI order pauses to parts shortages for the AWD system from April 2023, while the R models are being hit by shortages of other parts (as they have a different AWD system than standard Tiguans).
The order books for the long-wheelbase Tiguan Allspace line – including the four-wheel drive models – which will be built in Mexico and not in Germany as with the affected cars, remain open.
“Due to demand, orders are now on hold [for Tiguan R] for the foreseeable future. Orders for the Golf R and Golf R Wagon will also be suspended due to previously announced component shortages,” Volkswagen said in a media statement.
Volkswagen Australia announced in September that some key safety technologies – including blind spot monitoring – would be unavailable for a period of around six months due to parts shortages on the first batch of 2023 model year vehicles.
There is no set date for returning these items – for buyers who are already in the queue – and it is assumed that their availability will vary on a case-by-case basis.
While orders for a number of top-selling models have been suspended, Volkswagen Australia says it has “enough supplies” for all three versions of the T-Roc (Style, R-Line and R) as well as the Tiguan Allspace range. and the entry-level Tiguan 110TSI Life with standard wheelbase.
Volkswagen says more than 1200 small performance T-Roc R SUVs are on the way – and there are “4313 T-Rocs of all types available” – with the current backlog making Australia the world’s number one market for the T-Roc R makes .
Though new orders for the Tiguan R have been on hold – and component shortages will soon affect production – Volkswagen says Australia’s allocation of vehicles on the production line has improved, with “more incoming Tiguans Rs for customers waiting”.
According to the company, it currently has around 1,000 orders for the Tiguan R.
“Only the Tiguan R has a higher order situation overall [than the T-Roc R]and improved production for Australia has resulted in a greater number of these orders being filled,” according to VW Australia.
The company says it also has the special edition Tiguan Monochrome in stock – with the 162 TSI petrol engine but less luxury equipment than the standard models to make up for stock shortages – as well as the Passat Kombi, Passat Alltrack, Arteon and Touareg.
In a media statement today, Volkswagen Australia said: “Between Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace there are 3572 [examples] of the variants 132TSI, 147TDI and 162TSI in dealer stock.”
It’s also highlighting a $49,990 drive-away deal – including three years of free maintenance – that it’s currently offering on the Tiguan Allspace 132TSI Life through the end of March 2023.
“Volkswagen is in a strong position for deliveries of the Tiguan 132TSI, Tiguan 162TSI Monochrome and Tiguan Allspace Adventure in the first quarter of this year [January to March]before 4Motion [all-wheel-drive] deliveries are impacted in the second quarter,” Volkswagen Passenger Cars Director Michal Szeniecki said in a media statement.
“It has become increasingly important to balance this with an improved supply of the Tiguan 110TSI Life and Tiguan R. This will support the 1000 Tiguan R orders, while additional T-Roc and T-Roc R stock levels will help ease the ongoing restrictions to balance for golf.”
Volkswagen has launched a new “Welcome Experience” website that allows customers to track their order through 11 stages from factory to dealer.
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