Production delays are never fun, especially for a vehicle that sold out and crashed the company website within minutes of its release. Still, we can hope that any delays will only further improve the product before consumers get their hands on them.
On Sunday, it was reported that the 2021 Volkswagen (VW) ID.4 has been delayed in the US until, at least, March 2021, as reported by Motor 1. The delay is due to outstanding fines to the company for not reaching its own carbon emissions reduction target for new cars in Europe.
Additionally, the ID.3 has a number of software issues, which will likely need to be solved before completion of the ID.4’s production.
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The news, as announced by a VW spokesperson, will delay the original delivery date in the US, which was set for the end of 2020. However, the spokesperson also shared that it wouldn’t change the company’s long-term goals.
In an interview with Automotive News, the VW spokesperson said, “We are executing our plan. We will still have a few hundred vehicles for customer events and drive programs early next year, with the 50-state retail launch starting in March, timed to the spring selling season.” The spokesperson continued, “We want this launch to have the biggest impact possible with a steady cadence once ID.4 starts to arrive at dealerships.”
Those who have already reserved their ID.4’s are likely not excited to have to wait the extra few months for delivery. Still, we’re lucky the EV was only delayed until March and not until beyond 2021.