VW ID.4 Reservations Will Be Converted To 2022 Model

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, Automotive Editor - December 3, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing automakers to do things a little differently than before. With the ongoing chip shortage still going strong, automakers have had to change their production plans, resulting in longer wait times for consumers placing an order for a new vehicle. Consumers waiting for their new all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 will be waiting a little longer, as InsideEVs claims that some reservation holders for a 2021 ID.4 will be put on the list to receive a 2022 model.

Volkswagen confirmed the news to the outlet in an email. Reservation holders that have put down a $500 deposit for a 2021 model will receive a 2022 model at the same price as the 2021 model year. VW hasn’t announced pricing for the 2022 model year, but this confirms that the electric SUV will get an increase in pricing for the new model year. This isn’t unusual, as automakers do increase prices for new model years. For reservation holders that haven’t locked their orders in, the outlets state that Volkswagen will place a “mild adjustment in MSRP” to the 2022 models. We expect the price adjustment to be in line with the ID.4’s increase in pricing for the 2022 model year.

Unfortunately, reservation holders that will be switched over to a 2022 model year are looking at waiting until next year for their SUV to arrive. VW claims the 2022 ID.4 will be arriving at dealer lots by March, but that’s as long as the automaker doesn’t run into any other serious problems. We believe the main reason for VW’s decision to convert reservations is due to the stoppage that affected the automaker’s Zwickau plant in November. The EV facility was shut down the factory for a week starting on November 15 because of the chip shortage.

Converting orders to upcoming model years is becoming more commonplace as supply issues continue to affect automakers. Earlier this October, Ford delayed 2021 Mustang Mach-E orders to 2022 models as a way to address production delays. So, VW isn’t the only automaker that’s been hit by production issues.

While automakers have started to take reservations in large numbers, they differ from orders, which consumers can also place. A reservation is a way of putting your name and deposit down on a vehicle that’s not on sale yet. In most cases, a reservation doesn’t let you specify a trim level, color, or optional features, but is used more for general interest purposes. An order, on the other hand, is a way of putting your name down for a specific vehicle. It’s the first step in the actual car-buying process. In a market like the one we’re facing today, placing an order is a better way to get the exact vehicle you want from the factory. Unfortunately, putting an order down doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get a vehicle.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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