BERLIN -- Volkswagen is renting parking spaces to stockpile vehicles that cannot be sold due to bottlenecks caused by new engine emissions tests.
Automakers are rushing to get models through a new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) tests that comes into effect Sept. 1 in the Europan Union.
WLTP is based on real-driving data rather than laboratory tests and has resulted in higher carbon dioxide emissions readings, delaying road certification.
VW acknowledged in June a potential delay in up to 250,000 vehicles and plans to throttle back production of some models at various plants due to testing bottlenecks.
VW has rented some multi-story car parks and open parking lots to park the vehicles it cannot yet deliver, a company spokeswoman said.
The timing of when it will have to stockpile inventory depends on the plant where vehicles are built, she added.
One option is to use Berlin's long-delayed international airport, Berlin-Brandenburg, although a decision has not yet been made, she said.
VW said in June it would shut its main Wolfsburg factory for 1-2 days a week between August and the end of September. It will also close its Zwickau factory on some days and components manufacturing will face resulting delays.
The group's plant in Emden will be closed on some days in the third and fourth quarter due to lackluster demand for midsize cars such as its Passat.
German newswire DPA first reported on Sunday that VW would temporarily park vehicles from August.