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Volkswagen's Eos has been awarded one of the "2006 Best of What's New" prizes from Popular Science Magazine. The new stylish convertible apparently captured the fancy of the PopSci editors. And what's not to like really? A cute coupe/convertible WITH a sunroof in its hardtop? Pretty slick. But this isn't exactly a beauty contest they were voting on. In order to be eligible, "a product or technology must represent a significant step forward in its respective category," according to the winning announcement.

"Best of What's New" is the ultimate Popular Science accolade, representing a year's worth of work evaluating thousands of products," said Mark Jannot, editor of Popular Science. "These awards honor innovations that not only influence the way we live today, but that change the way we think about the future." And quite honestly, how many people were even thinking about a hardtop convertible NEEDING a sunroof, let alone advancing so quickly on making it happen? Kudos, Volkswagen. The full list of 100 automotive and other winners from the 10 categories will appear in the December edition of the mag. Full release after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]

Press Release:


Convertible's revolutionary design among features that rank it tops in automotive category

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The 2007 Volkswagen Eos has been awarded a "2006 Best of What's New" award from Popular Science in the automotive category. To win, a product or technology must represent a significant step forward in its respective category.

The automobile distinguished itself from thousands of new products and innovations to represent the top 100 winners across 10 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, General Innovation, Home Entertainment, Home Tech, Personal Health and Recreation. Winners will be featured in the December special editorial section of the publication.

"Best of What's New" is the ultimate Popular Science accolade, representing a year's worth of work evaluating thousands of products," said Mark Jannot, editor of Popular Science. "These awards honor innovations that not only influence the way we live today, but that change the way we think about the future."

Named after the Greek goddess of dawn, Eos, the Volkswagen Eos is the world's first four-seat, hard-top convertible with an integrated glass sunroof. The CSC™ (coupe-sunroof-convertible) is a revolutionary five-panel roof that transforms the coupe's hardtop, with integrated sunroof and heated-glass rear window, into an open-air convertible.

With the click of a switch, owners of the 2007 Eos enjoy the desirous attributes of a traditional "rag top" and the benefits of a protected and quiet interior environment of a hard-top. In an industry "first-and-only," the panoramic, tinted glass power sunroof is integrated into the folding roof of the Volkswagen Eos. The externally-guided, tilt-and-slide sunroof with automatic pinch protection gets "sandwiched" between roof panels as the hard-top is lowered.

Available with the award-winning 2.0T four-cylinder or the innovative 3.2 L narrow-angle V6 engines, other notable features of the Volkswagen 2007 Eos include Climatic single-zone air conditioning as standard in the base Eos, with dual-zone Climatronic™ standard in the Eos 2.0T and 3.2 L models. Easy entry rear seats that "remember" the driver's and front passenger's longitudinal seating positions, and return to these once the rear passengers have entered or exited the vehicle are standard on the Eos 3.2 L and optional on the 2.0T models.

For nighttime driving, an Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) available on 2007 Eos 3.2 L models swivels low-beam headlights to improve visibility though turns. The headlight rotation to a maximum of 15 degrees is activated by the steering wheel or by operation of the turn signals. In addition, the "Coming Home" feature helps light the way inside during nighttime arrivals. Rollover Protection System. Spring tension instantly elevates the roll bar-like elements of the Rollover Protection System. In the event of a severe frontal impact, a side or rear collision, or in the case of vehicle rollover or extreme lateral tilt, specially-designed individual "roll-bars" pop up from behind the rear seats.

The 2007 Eos 2.0T offers 200 horsepower and 207 lbs.-ft. of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine. High-pressure, Fuel Stratified Injection helps with performance and efficiency. The 2007 Eos 2.0T is EPA-rated at an estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city and an impressive 32 mpg in highway driving.

Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world's largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of 1.45 million and 6.5 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward what's new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by Time4 Media, a subsidiary of Time Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, Touareg and Phaeton through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Very nice, now you can call this a multi talented car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I drove an Eos at Waterfest this past summer on an autocross track. The track made it extremely difficult to use the paddle shifters (too much steering wheel movement) but it was definitely an interesting ride!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm, Edmunds says the Eos 2.0T gets to 60 in 7.8 seconds while the G6 takes 8.4 seconds. So, exactly how is the Eos 'underpowered' compared to the G6? Just because it has less horsepower doesn't make it 'underpowered', as anyone who has even a shred of intelligence will testify.

      Plus the Eos gets 23/32 mpg, while the G6 gets 16/26 mpg, AND the Eos 2.0T's base price is within a few hundred dollars of the G6's, so it's not like you're going to pay much more to get the Eos than the G6.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lovers' of DOMESTICS ARE BLIND? Wow, that is an pretty bold statement. Seeing as you are AGREEING WITH A MAGAZINE article and quote numbers you obviously didn't not sample yourself. Add that to a seething lack of national pride, something the German and Japanese populations use to guide their purchases and we have the blind calling the blind impaired.
      Let's not get into interject the requirement of qualifications before someone can have an opinion eh? Might get messy... I'll take those Vegas odd that you just as much an an Internet dolt and Steve or anyone who disagrees with you. After you have your own website and prove with sales slips you have test drive the cars who bash then you can say whatever you like.
      Sorry the G6 is a comparable car to the EOS.. I think it is a little overkill for a 16 year nephew, but I am not making those payments. More importantly the OnStar is very useful for keeping tracking of his travels. And top speed too...
      Would be great to see GM using a 6-Speed not for any reason but at least people wouldn't cross it off their shopping list "BUT HONEY AUTOMORON DOT COM SAID WE NEED A 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC!"
      A little long - as most American Cars are - a little heavy (100lbs) and could use some nicer plastics in some places, but then again what lunatic looks at two trim pieces and curses their quality every time they get in a car?
      The EOS deserves the PopSci award. It is chock full of new technologies but honestly, who cares? Does that hot chick driving the EOS even know how to spell Science? Didn't think so, nor does the knuckle dragging Internet Troll who is bashing it know more than what he Google'd about the car.
      Overall, this is all quite simple: for right now - applaud GM's and Fords steps in the right direction (pssst that means buy the cars) and shun the old school throwbacks. When the Japanese quit playing currency games and Americans figure out their government hasn't changed since 1925 (Newsflash 2006: "We need a normal sized Military", Japanese PM) you can go back to being self serving.
      We can always hope China invades them before things get too messy but can't count on that...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Add that to a seething lack of national pride, something the German and Japanese populations use to guide their purchases and we have the blind calling the blind impaired."

      Germans? National pride? Spoken like someone who's never even met a Deutscher. According to polls, Japanese cars are more appealing to more people than their own domestics. But don't take my word for it. Ask any German how much national pride he or she has.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love hartop convertibles alot, had 2 targas cause i didnt want someone to take a butter knife to my roof (softop) when parked in a not so secure spot ! but this VW top is so overly complicated compared to most hardtop verts combined with VW's lousy and dismal relaibility, id never buy one !!! hell they cant even get the vw bug coupe correct after being on the market for almost 10 years now, alot of friends have had nothing but problems with them id be afraid to buy VW anything ! your best bet is buying a used slk....
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a Eos owner very disappointed!!!!The top, real slick
      however windnoise on the passenger side, brake and gas pedal to close to one another,performance great, gas mileage good, , door sill to wide and high, rub your pant leg on sill on exit the worst are the seat's very very uncomfortable lack lower support,both wife and I can't get out of car after half hour drive.DSG trans smooth,however, roll back in park 4 inches when parked on incline. We will be ordering a 2008 MINI Copper S convertable. FOR SALE 2007 EOS silver/ black, 18" 2000 miles cheap phone# !!!!!!!!!!

      • 8 Years Ago
      Are they Blind? that car brings a whole new meaning to ugly, small and being a VW unreliable...... Compared to the Pontiac G6 its a Joke and underpowerd, even with the Pontiac having only a four speed auto with a push rod V6.......
      • 8 Years Ago
      National pride? 8.4 to sixty? Sorry I own a Saab and a VW. The Pontiac has Two current engine choices and a third with a 3.6 six and six speed comming soon. Its just that the Eos looks like a 1990 Metro and will be in the shop every week. My Tourage that I just traded in spent 40 days in the shop (first year) and was on the CR list for least reliable. And ask any VW owner and they will tell you the same. Also spend an hour in the back seat of the Eos and you will agree with me, unless you are a midget( sorry no disresoect). The Pontiac has nothing to do with national pride, but it does show your lack on common sense and if you can get those EPA numbers good luck my VW got 30% less then the EPA stated.... So go drive these cars and then get a clue. I never said I was buying one due to national pride but you folks seem to ignore it due to personal ignorance or stupidity. I say ignorance... no inbreeding..... PS how is you double wide holding up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The only car in its class is the Pontiac G6, and I'd pass on that. I like the Eos. It's style has personality. I wouldn't call it beautiful, but it has personality, unlike the G6. I don't know if I would call it innovative, though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very nifty top, it deserves the award for that. I find the G6's exterior much more attractive, but it's top is primitive and crude in comparison. The VW's interior is also much nicer, though the sound when the doors close is poor. Haven't driven the VW yet.

      My site's page for the Eos, for price comparisons, fuel economy, etc.:

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