It’s been known for sometime that Volkswagen has an electric future in store for Australian drivers, but which vehicle from its planned ID series would make it here first has been a mystery.
The German auto group has 70- electric vehicles planned over its brands by 2030, with its ID.3 hatchback finally given the big unveil as the world’s first “carbon neutral car” last Tuesday.
But it seems VW has now realised that while there are already a few electric hatchbacks in the Australia market (such as the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and more recently, the Hyundai Ioniq), it is a country where SUVs and utes are a favourite item. So perhaps the ID.3 isn’t the ticket and ID.4 SUV might be a better bet.
As reported by The Driven, electric SUVs are also getting a great deal of attention according to latest auto sales figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive industries (although granted, excluding sales of Tesla Model 3 sedans, which will certainly tip the scale if reports from Tesla delivery staff are anything to go by).
Numbers like these have now nailed it for the German carmaker it seems, with Volkswagen Australia managing director Michael Bartsch telling Australian media in Frankfurt that, “I had a look at the August figures. It’ll be memorable in the fact that it was the first time that the mix between sedan, hatch, and SUV swung to 60 per cent.”
“SUVs broke the 60 per cent mark – 62 per cent I think – which is just extraordinary,” he said.
To read the full story on RenewEconomy’s electric vehicle dedicated site, The Driven, click here…