As reported by British outlet Autocar, the plug-in hybrid hatchback has hit a snag though Volkswagen UK is not providing a specific reason yet.
“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," a spokesperson from the company said.
Volkswagen UK previously released a statement in October last year highlighting sales of the updated GTE model which launched in March had increased by more than 300 per cent year-on-year and was well ahead of prediction with 3000 units delivered. Helping kick-up sales was a heavy price drop of almost $6000.
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 small hatchbacks share the same drivetrain which consists of 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to an electric motor that together produce 150kW of power and 350Nm of torque, returning a combined fuel consumption rating of 1.4-litres per 100km.
Audi UK also confirmed sales of its A3 PHEV would be affected, with sales set to be suspended later in the year. The German maker 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 TMR “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 for more information.