Yikes -- 8/24 completion --- that's a huge bummer. I'm losing hope I'm going to be able to take delivery of my reserved AWD. I really can't wait past October 1st given cost of rental cars and my need for a car starting in mid-September.It did not cross my mind as possible but from what I read vehicles are, indeed, being staged in parking lots waiting for chips, at least.
My dealer contacted me yesterday to say my new "production complete" date was 8/24 (from 7/11 then 7/19) and pointed at the chip shortage as the culprit. Another poster stated that their VIN was assigned at status 15-2 with a delay to reaching 20-1. That would be in harmony with a partially completed vehicle.
When we locked in, in the midst of the chip shortage, I believe "summer 2021" or "mid-2021" was the promise. I wish VW was more transparent about what's going on. There were only 800 of us in the US who loaned VW $400 in March during the 'accidental' AWD lock-in period.
800 is not many cars for Zwickau at all --- previously VW announced they'll be producing 1400 ID's (3 + 4) daily this summer, so to meet all USA early adopters for AWD, theoretically should not have been more than a few days to ?a week of AWD production. I'm not seeing evidence they're prioritizing us, and that's either because VW does not care, or because AWD production is a trickle whether that be due to major supply side production constraints or other unknown issue unique to AWD. Given lack of GTX deliveries suggested by our forum members in Europe, I suspect there is just not much AWD production currently.
It's also interesting that the two complete AWD models I have seen posted here were both base Pro models IIRC. Coincidence or related to less semiconductor need?
On the other hand, RWD inventory seems pretty good in Southern California and I don't mind going for RWD if a trailer hitch receiver option becomes available.