Volkswagen is preparing for one of its biggest vehicle onslaughts to date, and it’s the electric ID range taking centre stage.
Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it'll "definitely" launch the ID range with the ID.4 SUV.
"You just have to look at the numbers of the moment... just the whole way that the industry's going," Volkswagen Australia managing director, Michael Bartsch, told Australian media in Frankfurt.
Bartsch said Volkswagen Australia is actively seeking out an early right-hand drive build slot to make sure our market is high on head office's priority list when it comes to ID products.
"I had a look at the August figures. It'll be memorable in the fact that it was the first time that the mix between sedan, hatch, and SUV swung to 60 per cent. SUVs broke the 60 per cent mark – 62 per cent I think – which is just extraordinary,” he said.
“You think of where we were, even just five years ago. So, an SUV makes sense. But then again, if you look at the ID.3 and then just look at the interior space. Well…”
Volkswagen Australia has been somewhat noncommittal on an arrival time for the ID.3, promising it'll be here in 2022. The reason is apparently uncertainty about global demand and the ability for Volkswagen’s supply lines to keep up with production, especially if it takes off in global markets.
“The fundamental issue that we're facing is that we are blinded by the reality of being south of the equator," Bartsch said.
"This is all going to go out in the Northern hemisphere first. I think there's a reluctance to do an absolutely fixed date yet because the launch of the car and so many of the things that drive the car are so untested. I don't mean technically. I mean the supply line on batteries, the production capacity."
It's a different tune to the boss's previous claims about why we're not getting the ID line-up sooner. Earlier this year, he claimed regulations in Australia were holding up the ID.3's timely arrival, with Volkswagen Australia also pointing the finger at Australia's low-quality fuel.
Bartsch has previously said Australia is "in danger of losing its place in the queue for EVs because this country's automotive regulations have fallen behind the first-world norm".
Either way, we're excited for the arrival of Volkswagen's first fully-electric vehicle, which is set to expand the range of more affordable electric vehicles.