VW Issues Stop Sale Order on Taos

vw issues stop sale order on taos

If you’ve set sights on driving home a new Volkswagen Taos today, best cool your jets. According to a report by Automotive News, the model is under a stop-sale order by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Well, all-wheel-drive models are, anyway.

Apparently, there have been reports of 4Motion-equipped Taos vehicles shutting down its engine when rolling to a halt, a trait few drivers would appreciate. And, before you ask, this isn’t the standard start-stop system simply doing its thing to save fuel. Reports say the manufacturer is ‘researching a repair’, suggesting the company doesn’t currently have a fix for affected vehicles. In the meantime, we’re sure dealers will be more than happy to plug customers into a front-wheel drive trim.

It’s worth noting that Taos models running with 4Motion are equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox instead of the more conventional 8-speed automatic found on front-wheel drive models. Could the DSG be stumbling when downshifting to a lower gear as the driver eases the machine to a halt? For what it’s worth, the engine remains the same across both trims – a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder making 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

Taos is an important model for Volkswagen, permitting it to play in the competitive subcompact crossover class. Having gone on sale in Q2 of this calendar year, the new trucklet has already racked up almost 5,000 sales in America through to the end of June, the only month it’s been on dealer lots. Since it is a fresh vehicle in the lineup, an argument can be made that every copy sold is an incremental sale.

For comparison, the Atlas and its Cross Sport cousin combined to shift nearly 70,000 units in the same time period, so Taos has a ways to go yet before it can even remotely claim superiority in the Volkswagen lineup. The brand also sold about 65,000 Tiguan SUVs in Q2 2021, by the way. If the Taos performed as well in the other five months of the year as it did in June, it would have still only sold about half as well as the Tiguan.

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  • FreedMike Back in the '70s, the one thing keeping consumers from buying more Datsuns was styling - these guys were bringing over some of the ugliest product imaginable. Remember the F10? As hard as I try to blot that rolling aberration from my memory, it comes back. So the name change to Nissan made sense, and happened right as they started bringing over good-looking product (like the Maxima that will be featured in this series). They made a pretty clean break.
  • Flowerplough Liability - Autonomous vehicles must be programmed to make life-ending decisions, and who wants to risk that? Hit the moose or dive into the steep grassy ditch? Ram the sudden pile up that is occurring mere feet in front of the bumper or scan the oncoming lane and swing left? Ram the rogue machine that suddenly swung into my lane, head on, or hop up onto the sidewalk and maybe bump a pedestrian? With no driver involved, Ford/Volkswagen or GM or whomever will bear full responsibility and, in America, be ambulance-chaser sued into bankruptcy and extinction in well under a decade. Or maybe the yuge corporations will get special, good-faith, immunity laws, nation-wide? Yeah, that's the ticket.
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  • TitaniumZ Of course they are starting to "sour" on the idea. That's what happens when cars start to drive better than people. Humanpilots mostly suck and make bad decisions.
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