Please allow me to share my story...I don't think anyone elsewhere would truly be able to identify. I'm an American, but I live in Munich. My German fiancé has a car allowance through her job. We ordered an A3 in late June/early July (SB, 1.4 TFSI COD, manual)...I painstakingly read through all of the option descriptions in German to appropriately outfit the car. Obviously we're very excited about the car, and a few days ago got notice that we had a confirmed build number and it should arrive very soon. We were hoping to pick the car up from the factory and do a tour, which is a feature Audi offers here.
This whole process, we have had to go through one of the secretaries in the main office, and we haven't had any direct participation, unfortunately. Today my fiancé tells me that she has just learned that our car has been built, but...is on a train to Frankfurt. Somewhere along the line someone dropped the ball, and the communication that we wanted to pick the car up from the factory never happened.
So, this is small potatoes in the overall scheme of things, but I'm still somewhat gutted. It looks like we can get the car next Friday, but we'll have to travel from Munich to Frankfurt and miss out on the factory tour and the big handover, pick up the car with approximately zero miles, etc. Damn.
Sorry this is so long...just had to share my disappointment. This forum has been a great help in learning about options and making the long wait a bit more tolerable.