So, why hasn't VW brought it stateside yet?
Outside of the United States, consumers can purchase a performance hybrid version of the Volkswagen Golf called the GTE. Power comes courtesy of a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a hybrid drivetrain for a total of 201 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Though it is not as fast as a gas-engined GTI, the GTE has the advantage in fuel economy and can even run for 31 miles on electric power alone. Clearly buyers are enamored with the Golf GTE, as Inside EVs reports VW has ended orders because it can't keep up with demand.
On VW's website, the company posted a note saying “Due to unprecedented demand, leading to long delivery lead times, Golf GTE is currently closed to ordering.”
A representative for the company added "We have temporarily stopped taking orders for the Golf GTE. We had a high number of orders last year and into this year, which was partly driven by the successful 'Push the Button' marketing campaign. The pace of the new orders arriving meant we filled the maximum production capacity of our factories and so the build time for new orders ran into a significant number of months.” We find it hard to believe that the German automaker has yet to bring the Golf GTE to the U.S. given its popularity, but the next generation GTI may make up for it with mild hybrid power.