A range Volkswagen Models will lose blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts from September 2022 due to a shortage of global semiconductor chips.
The brand says the Polo Style, T-Cross Style, T-Rock Style, T-Rock R-Line, Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace Range, Passat Range and Artion Range will lose technology for about six months.
They will lose protective occupant protection for the same period. The system tightens seatbelts, closes windows and closes the sunroof if it detects an impending collision.
A powered tailgate will be optional on the Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace – although Volkswagen says 4,000 facelifted allspace models have already been removed from Australian soil for the 2023 model year.
The golf hatchback and wagon, the Tuareg large SUV, and the Hot R models will not lose any functionality.
Buyers of vehicles affected by the change will be refunded (or reduced purchase price) between $ 550 and $ 1300. They will also be given the option to wait until vehicles with missing kits arrive.
“This is not a desirable situation and we are not glossing over it for a moment,” said Michael Sajaniki, director of Volkswagen Australia’s passenger car.
“The brand has been full and open about the shortage of semiconductors ever since it started biting. However, we can say that the advanced safety features in our cars and SUVs enable Volkswagen to continue offering five star cars. “
Due to the global shortage of semiconductors, Volkswagen is not alone in its need to remove features from its car. For a complete list of what is missing, and where it is missing, see us Wide wrap.
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