Limited Supplies Force VW to Cancel Backup Cameras on Some Models

Volkswagen will no longer offer a backup camera option on the 2012 Touareg, Tiguan and Passat CC sedan because of supply shortages caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, according to the New York Times.

The 2012 CC with Lux Plus, Lux Limited and 4motion Sedan VR6 Executive trims have standard backup cameras. The 2012 Tiguan has an available backup camera with its touch-screen navigation system. All 2012 Touareg models come equipped with the feature, according to

Some 2012 models already have a backup camera in them, according to VW, but the feature is no longer being installed in newly produced models. VW doesn’t know when the cameras will be available again.

Shortage Forces VW to Cancel Back-Up Cameras (New York Times, via Autoblog)



NOBODY else makes a small camera they could use? The auto parts store down the street from me sells two different backup cameras. I am sure VW could source parts from somebody else besides that one supplier.


you're talking about mass producing cameras with appropriate wiring/hookups to meet VW electronics, or VW having to change their systems to match the new supplier... probably cheaper for them to take the hit from a few unsold cars rather than reworking things to mate up properly.


I hope for VW that they introduce something that will allow the cameras to be fitted in later when supplies are made available again.

mike h

I used to have a Passat and thet emblem/badge was used to open the trunk. How do you open it now?

i like those buttons you press to open the boot like that. it has a feeling of quality to it.

back to the camera though. do you think this shortage will mean they stop giving a backup camera forever?

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