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Volkswagen Is the Latest Victim of the Chip Crisis, Systems Dropped From Certain Models

Just like the rest of the world, Volkswagen is struggling to deal with the constrained chip inventory as well, and occasionally the only decision the company can make comes down to removing some systems from its models.
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This is what’s going to happen in Australia where the carmaker will remove blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert from a series of models beginning with September.

Volkswagen has confirmed that this decision was made as a result of the company’s struggle with the lack of semiconductors, though it promises the cars would ship without the two systems for only six months.

In other words, the 2023 Volkswagen Polo Style, T-Cross Style, T-Roc Style and R-Line, the Tiguan range (the R version is not affected), Tiguan Allspace, Passat, and Arteon, all manufactured starting with September 2022, will come without the two said systems. The features will return after six months, the Germans guarantee.

On the other hand, customers who order the Golf, the Touareg, and the R-branded models wouldn’t lose anything. The same for commercial vehicles, as no change is happening on this front.

Volkswagen knows this could make some people walk away, and this is why the company is offering credit between $550 and $1,300. At the same time, VW is also giving customers the choice of waiting for a vehicle that does come with the missing features, though this means they won’t get their hands on the ordered cars until 2023.

Needless to say, Volkswagen isn’t by any means the only or the last company turning to such an approach to deal with the chip shortage, but the announcement confirms the constrained semiconductor inventory continues to be a huge problem all over the world.

The most optimistic companies, including Ford, expect the chip inventory to improve in late 2022, though it remains to be seen if this is going to produce a significant drop in waiting times for new cars or not.

 
 
 
 
 

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