• May 23rd 2008 at 1:35PM
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VW Karmann Polo Cabrio: click to view in hi-res

Emerging reports suggest that the next-generation Volkswagen Golf (known in the United States as the Rabbit) will spawn a convertible version, however the German automaker won't be outsourcing its production to Karmann. The German coachbuilder has built every previous Golf Cabrio, but like many of its Italian counterparts, Karmann has been losing contracts left, right and center. The Chrysler Crossfire is out of production, Audi won't be turning to Karmann for the new A4 convertible, neither will Mercedes for the CLK cabrio. With the new Golf set to debut in Europe early next year, the cabrio is expected to follow a year later. Whether the convertible will make it Stateside remains to be seen, but CAR predicts that the Mk2 Eos will grow in size, be rebadged as the Passat Convertible and will retain its folding hard-top to allow the soft-top Golf to slot in below it.

[Source: CAR]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm guessing the reason Karmann as well as other Italian counterparts aren't getting these contracts is due to Corporate philosophy of keeping cost down and doing the projects as much in house as possible. I wish VW would come out with the Polo Cabrio. That's a real nice ride.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, what's the word with Karmann? Why is it losing so much business and by the looks of it, cred?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sweet! I love it.

      I have always loved the Rabbit/Cabrio.

      Every one of them from the original on Remmington Steele to the very last of them from just a few years ago.

      The New Beetle cabriolet is nice, just not for me.
      The EOS is really nice, but it's not the good ol Cabrio of yore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really really miss my 93 Cabriolet. Really. The only problem I had with it was a broken clutch cable.

      It's too bad Karmann won't be getting "the contract" for the Cabby Rabbit again. They really knew their stuff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will that model comes with a leaky top standard?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Im sorry queen latifahz you've mistaken this vw article with the new one series. Vw quality is better than even most luxury automakers especially jaguar bmw and saab so please quite trying to pretend we care. Bmw suck their interiors are lower than Toyota and the fit and finish is third world and you worry about vw. move on please thanks a million
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good move. Whilst convertible shopping, the EOS never did it for me. Too narrow, too awkward 3/4 quarter panel area because of the folding top. A regular convertible top is just fine, thanks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope they don't rename the EOS as it is one of the few cars left with a name that actually fits the car.

      Eos was the Greek god of the dawn who opened the gates for Helios her brother the sun god. A very apt name for a car with a folding multi-position retractable hard top.


      As the dawn goddess, Eos with "rosy fingers" opened the gates of heaven[2] so that Helios could ride his chariot across the sky every day. In Homer (Iliad viii.1; xxiv.695), her saffron-colored robe is embroidered or woven with flowers (Odyssey vi:48 etc); rosy-fingered and with golden arms, she is pictured on Attic vases as a supernaturally beautiful woman, crowned with a tiara or diadem and with the large white-feathered wings of a bird.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, I definitely like the Eos name, and think calling the Mk2 Eos the Passat Coupe would be a shame. There's hope for the name, though: The Passat-based quasi-coupe is getting the Passat CC name outside the US, but just CC in the US, so I could see the Eos being called the Passat Coupe abroad and retaining the Eos name in the US. Perhaps the Passat name carries more weight abroad?
      • 7 Years Ago
      yes, the EOS will grow because all we need is for the cars to continue to grow in size....

      out of touch, much?
        • 7 Years Ago
        On the contrary, growing the second-gen Eos while bringing back a Golf-based Cabrio makes sense. Toyota's got a convertible Camry, and Volkswagen has made it clear that they want to target them, so a convertible Passat fits, and bringing back a small convertible that is not as niche as the New Beetle version definitely makes sense.
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