Order book CLOSED for Volkswagen Passat GTE and Golf GTE due to high demand

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Author: | Updated: 19 Apr 2018 16:56

2017 saw unprecedented demand for the Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid; so much so Volkswagen had to close its order book in January, as they couldn’t keep up with demand.

Right now, there’s no indication of when orders will be taken again.

If our data is anything to go by, people then turned in droves to the next best thing – the Passat GTE – bumping it into our top five hybrid enquiries.

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Alas, the hybrid saloon has now fallen to the same fate as the hybrid hatchback, with Volkswagen announcing that it has had to stop taking orders for this model too.

Visiting the Volkswagen UK site, the Passat GTE model page states: “Due to unprecedented demand, leading to long delivery lead times, Passat GTE is currently closed to ordering.”

A similar message has been placed on the Golf GTE model page for the past four months.

See what we thought of the Volkswagen Golf GTE

As a result both vehicles are experiencing exceptionally long wait times between order and delivery, with Volkswagen unwilling to confirm how long the delays would last, commenting: “The order process for this car will be restarted as soon as practicable.”

In stark terms, this news means half of Volkswagens electrified cars are now unavailable to lease.

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Check out our review of the Volkswagen Passat GTE

Both the Golf GTE and Passat GTE use a 1.4-litre petrol engine paired with an electric motor, with each able to run for around 30 miles on electric alone.

Both models have proved that consumers are more than willing to move to hybrids if manufacturers can mass-produce more hybrid variants of already popular models at an affordable rate. Unfortunately, they appear to have become a victim of their own success.

In the first three months of 2018, data from ContractHireAndLeasing.com shows the top five most popular hybrids were Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro,  Toyota C-HR, with Mini Countryman and Volkswagen Passat.

Volkswagen’s short-term hybrid prospects now look non-existent.

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