It struck back on March 11th, 2011, but the earthquake in Japan continues to cause havoc all around the world in some unique ways. Rumor has it that if you were hoping to purchase a Volkswagen with a rearview camera, you're going to have to wait a while. According to AskaVWSalesGuy.com, Volkswagen has put a halt on backup camera installation on most vehicles in its lineup.

Affected models and trims include the CC Lux Plus, Lux Limited and VR6, all Touareg models and the Tiguan SEL with Premium Nav. Per the in-the-know VW sales guy, Volkswagen is on the hunt for a new supplier. We asked Volkswagen for comment and were told that the matter was being investigated.


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      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, we saw the same kind of global impact after Hurricane Katrina... oh wait, no we didn't.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        That's because we don't "make" anything in this country anymore. We have been bamboozled since the 80s that we can survive on being just a service economy. We now see how well that stupid idea turned out.
          Jac Zobel de Ayala
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Um, you're still the world's 3rd biggest exporter. Besides, Asia rules the electronics front. They are the best at miniaturization.
      Darshan
      • 3 Years Ago
      unfortunate. and ironic since they recently started airing the clever CC rear camera ads http://youtu.be/zCReC_8HTM8
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      They could phase them out, or you know, find a new supplier that is in a slightly more stable part of the world?! I mean I know Japan has a lock on soooo many of the electronic components in cars (and other things), but god forbid we open up alternative factories elsewhere too.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      TheBoosch
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi is definitely suspending them for a short time so I'm not suprised VW is either. All Audi vehicle's besides R8's made after May 16th (MY11 or MY12) will have to be "activated" at not cost once supplies are up to normal level. Until then, car's that are supposed to have camera's will only ship with acoustic parking sensors.
        Agilis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TheBoosch
        I can second this fact. My 2012 S5 being delivered at the end of July will not have a backup camera installed and will be retrofitted once the cameras are available.