Sales halted on VW’s Golf GTE due to huge demand

Volkswagen has temporarily stopped sales of its plug-in hybrid hatchback because of a production backlog caused by overwhelming demand.

Words by: First published: 3rd January 2018
  • Orders halted for VW Golf GTE
  • Existing customers face a long wait for their new car
  • Other electrified and hybrid Volkswagens unaffected
Thinking of ordering one of Volkswagen’s Golf GTE plug-In hybrids? Well, tough luck – for now, at least – because it’s been a victim of its own success.

VW’s nippy, electrified version of its popular hatchback has been removed from sale in the UK because of a huge backlog of orders, which have led to a substantial waiting list.

The GTE aims to mix the sporty character of Volkswagen’s iconic Golf GTI with the modern green credentials of a plug-in hybrid. It has a traditional petrol engine and an electric motor, which means it can run emission free for around 30 miles.

A spokesman for Volkswagen said: “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.”

Other Golf models, and other electrified Volkswagens such as the Passat GTE, are unaffected.

To find out why the Golf GTE has proved so popular, read our review.