Apparently the front brackets are not being installed at the factory, as VWoA seems to be saying is the case. Here's an example of a newly-delivered (to a dealer) ID.4 in Europe that does not have a front plate bracket mounted. Further evidence that the ports in the U.S. are messing this up (or, all the 1st Editions had them for some reason, but maybe Pro and Pro S models don't). If VW isn't installing the front plate brackets for the European region, where all countries require them, then why the heck would they install them for the U.S. where more than 1/3 of our states don't require front plates?? I'm just triggered from the front plate debacle with the MkV R32. VW ended up offering every buyer the option of getting a new front grille that didn't have the front plate bracket mounted. However, that isn't possible with the ID.4 since the plate drills directly into the front bumper. I won't lie, I'll be pissed if my $50k AWD Pro S w/Gradient shows up with a front plate bracket mounted to the bumper. Even in states that do require front plates, there are much more attractive and less destructive options for putting the front plate on (the tow hook brackets come to mind as an easy, no-damage solution). OK, rant over!