Quotes from the article
"30,000 cars Volkswagen plans to make"
"When Tesla unveiled the similarly priced Model 3 in 2016, it received 200,000 orders in the first day"
"Volkswagen hopes that its Modular Electric Toolkit, or MEB, will help it catch up to Tesla in the electric-car race. The company described the platform as the "heart" of its "electric offensive.""
I wonder if there was something lost in translation because the five figure goal does not make for an offensive nor being able to catch up.
Claimed elsewhere, automakers can catch up to Tesla whenever they feel like it.