Volkswagen in need to up! production
While problems in the Eurozone are hitting sales in Italy and Spain, demand in the UK is higher than predicted.
And it is not just new models such as the recently-launched up! city car (pictured) that are selling above expectations. The Golf, which is due to be replaced in six months’ time, and the Passat, another model well into its life-cycle, are also in high demand.
Dealers are currently quoting a two-month delivery time for the up! unless they have one in stock, and it is the same for most versions of the Golf – and even longer for the Golf GT.
Stocks of the Passat are also extremely low, although extra supply is now in production.
VW admits it under-estimated the likely demand in the first half of this year. The problem is that it is not easy to ramp up right-hand-drive production immediately because certain components, such as dashboards and steering racks, are specific to RHD models.
However VW says that production of right-hand-drive models will be increased from the start of September to bring supply closer into line with demand.
Words by: Headline Auto