Friday, July 06, 2007

Jetta SportWagen delayed till next year

Jetta SportWagen delayed until next year.This is not good. The highly anticipated Jetta SportWagen has been delayed from the expected August launch to March next year. It began as a rumor on the Vortex forums but Autoblog was able to confirm it through Keith Price, Volkswagen's public relations manager.

The delay is attributed to a plant fire that destroyed between 12,000 to 15,000 cylinder heads. Launch has now moved to March, where we can expect a "tiny trickle of 2.0FSI Turbo cars at intro, and an even split of 2.5L and Clean Diesel in dealers to follow".

This means that the only other launch left in the year has been scrapped. Can you wait that long?

Source: Autoblog


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This shows how behind the times VW's production system is. The 1997 Aisin fire which could have halted Toyota's entire global production for 6 months ended up being a 5 day affair. This was because they had good relationships with suppliers, and were able to work with them to find someone who knew how to make the same part.

There is also no reason VW can't do a "soft launch" with only 2.0T and TDIs, and then start advertising once the 2.5L comes on. Such is German idiosyncrasy.

Tue. Jul. 10, 04:56:00 a.m.  
Blogger Raymo853 said...

This so depresses me. I was dreaming of soon getting a 2.0T Jetta Wagon. Now I will end up going to a Mazda Dealer and getting a MazdaSpeed 3. Not as nice of an overall design, smaller but will end up being more reliable.

Wed. Sep. 05, 05:56:00 p.m.  

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