Like almost every manufacturer globally, the Australian arm of the Volkswagen Group is struggling to secure a steady supply for a number of vehicles in its range as the pandemic continues to leave supply chains crippled.
Volkswagen Group Australia (VGA) has announced a series of delays on some of its most popular models that come as the result of an ongoing global semiconductor shortage.
The conglomerate, which encompasses the Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi brands in Australia, said the delays affected popular models such as the Golf, Tiguan, Touareg and even vehicles in the commercial range such as the Amarok.
The Golf has only recently been released onto the Australian market in eighth-generation form but supply has been constrained thanks to issues obtaining chips for the Harmon Kardon sound system and the DSG transmission fitted to the hot GTI grade.
Volkswagen says there are also supply issues with the recently facelifted Tiguan range, but specifically with the popular 147TDI and 162TSI grades wearing the sporty R-Line grade.
This is due to the parts issues with the DSG gearbox but also leather upholstery required to dress the interior.
As a result, VGA said it is giving priority to those who have already put their order in for a new TIguan but pointed out the more affordable Tiguan 110TSI and 132TSI grades are still easy to find.
Those opting for the more powerful Touareg 210TDI in either Elegance or R-Line guise are currently facing an eight-week wait due to the fitment of Volkswagen’s Innovision Cockpit that pairs a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display with a huge 15-inch centre touchscreen.
Those in the commercial sector will also struggle to get their hands on an Amarok due to logistical issues, however, VGA expects a flood of deliveries towards the end of this month.
Similarly, the Crafter 35 won’t be available until next year though buyers can expect the beefier Crafter 50 grades to be delivered this year.
The recently upgraded Transporter T6.1 range is also running on limited stock due to a combination of demand out stripping supply and the chip shortage – but Volkswagen is chasing further stock for our shores.
To curb this, Skoda is looking to introduce an entry level 110TSI Ambition grade that will feature the more potent 1.5L turbocharged four-pot making 110kW/250Nm.
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