Volkswagen Australia has abandoned plans to introduce the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid due to global demand, the company has confirmed this week.
Speaking with CarAdvice, local Volkswagen communications boss, Paul Pottinger, said the electrified hatch is in such short supply, it’s been pulled from sale in overseas markets.
“Such are the waiting lists for Golf GTE that the markets where it is available have ceased taking orders,” he said.
“It won’t be available here.”
Despite being high on the local arm’s wishlist last year, it appears there’s no hope for any of Volkswagen’s global plug-in hybrid portfolio Down Under, with the recently-spied Tiguan Allspace GTE/Tiguan L PHEV also ruled out for our market.
The Passat GTE offered overseas is also a no-go for Australia, though Pottinger did confirm the upcoming I.D. electric vehicle family will spearhead Volkswagen’s electrification push in Australia – exactly when is still to be finalised.
With that in mind, we’re not expecting the anticipated plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Touareg to be offered here either, despite the fact it will likely share its powertrain with the Audi Q7 e-tron.