2024 Volkswagen ID.4, ID.5 electric SUV: 5,000 units for Australia in the first year

Volkswagen plans to become one of Australia’s top-selling electric vehicle brands within a year of launching its first battery-powered model, if it gets support from headquarters in Germany.

Up to 5000 examples of 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5 electric SUVs could be available in Australia in its first 12 months in showrooms – from the end of next year.

While brands such as Hyundai and Kia have only secured a few hundred copies of their flagship electric cars for Australia each year, German auto giant Volkswagen has said its first electric vehicles – expected to by the end of next year – will hopefully be in good condition.

“We’re trying to get a really good volume. Between ID.4 and ID.5 together, we’re looking at those 5,000 in the first year,” said Michelle Rowney, passenger car product manager at Volkswagen Australia. Conduct Last week.

If 5,000 vehicles are destined for Australia in the first year – from late 2023 to late 2024 – the ID.4 and ID.5 could together rank among Volkswagen’s most popular models in Australia.

Across standard and stretched Allspace bodies, 4,160 Tiguans have been reported as sold locally since the start of 2022 – although parts shortages mean factories are not operating at maximum capacity.

In the model’s best year in Australia – 2019, before the pandemic – Volkswagen reported more than 12,000 Tiguans sold. Its bestseller that year was the Golf (15,000 sales), the Amarok (8,400) and the Polo (5,700) occupying the third and fourth positions.

Tesla is Australia’s best-selling electric car brand and has delivered around 14,000 cars. Hyundai is a distant second, with around 2,000 electric vehicles sold in the first nine months of the year.

But by the time the ID.4 and ID.5 hit Australian showrooms late next year, Volkswagen expects the delays the auto industry faces today – restrictions shipping and continued shortage of semiconductors – are easing.

“There are production challenges, such as with battery availability, all of that is well known. But we expect that to improve. [by the time ID.4 and ID.5 launch] so we’re not focusing on that,” Ms Rowney said. Conduct.

“We hope that production will improve, that we will get [ID.4/ID.5] production that we demand.

“But with the demand in Europe with their governments and the CO2 [rules]…we had challenges here to get on the list [to get production slots for the ID electric cars]but we are starting to get over all of that, which is great, Ms Rowney said.

The Volkswagen executive refers to strict emissions standards in Europe, which have prompted European carmakers such as Volkswagen to prioritize the production of their electric vehicles for their home regions to reduce average emissions from CO2 from their vehicle fleets.

As a result, by the time the ID.4 goes on sale in Australia it will be three years old in Europe – and once the ID.3 sedan follows in 2024, coinciding with its mid-life facelift, it will be over four years abroad.

Unlike the flood of electric cars Volkswagen predicted, Kia Australia was only able to secure 700 copies of its EV6 electric SUV for Australia in 2022, while Hyundai Australia delivered around 1,000 Ioniq 5s, sold online in monthly allocations of about 100 cars each.

As reported earlier this week, the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5 are expected to hit showrooms in late 2023, initially in a limited selection of premium models, priced around $60,000 plus costs on road. Click here for more details.

Alex Misoyannis

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