• Aug 11th 2008 at 4:02PM
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With the next-generation Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit looming on the horizon, Wolfsburg is gearing up for an array of new derivatives. First came the report of the next GTI and R hot hatches and now it's confirmed that VW intends to produce a convertible variant as well.

Positioned between the New Beetle convertible and the Eos, the Golf cabrio will feature a cloth top borrowed from the Audi A3 convertible. The Edscha-supplied collapsible roof mechanism should help VW get the new cabriolet to market in a cost-effective and timely manner, and reportedly preclude the need for a roll bar. Expect to see the Golf/Rabbit convertible, which will be made exclusively at Volkswagen's plants in Wolfsburg and Mosel, popping up on the market by 2010.

[Source: Automotive News Europe - sub. req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Too bad about the roll bar, that's part of what distinguished the cabrio for all those years.
        • 7 Years Ago
        that roll bar saved my sister's life. She fell asleep and rolled her 84 cabrio four times. the only two parts of the car left in tact were the steering wheel and the roll bar...
        • 7 Years Ago
        And thats why women shouldnt drive...
      • 7 Years Ago
      coming to N Am?
      • 7 Years Ago
      So are they dropping the Eos? Or is this just a downmarket alternative (most likely IMO)?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just in time for the "License to Drive" remake starring Corry Feldman.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's not the same unless it's got that basket handle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It makes sense to have a Golf cabrio -- there's a market for cabrios of this size; just take a look at the competition from the likes of MINI, Renault Megane, Holden Tigra, Peugeot 307CC etc.
      This post has been listed on http://www.DriveCritic.com/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmm, I wonder if they'd just eventually drop the New Beetle convertible altogether then? The NB 'vert was brought about because of the death of the Cabrio as a replacement for it. So, what would it be now?

      As scared as VWoA is of eating into sales of similar models(Scirocco vs. GTI, R32 vs 3dr A3 etc.) I'd be extremely surprised if they offered 3 convertibles of which 2 distinguished only by their styling. The Eos is a mixture of Jetta and Passat parts while the NB and Cabrio would both be Mk5 designs just with different bodies.

      I'd also be interested in what engines it would come with. Unfortunately, in recent years, VW has only offered the Cabrio with the base engine. There was a short year or two where the NB 'vert got the 1.8T, but it now only gets the 2.5L. If they offered it with the 2.0T or even a diesel option(would be very unique in today's market), I think it could do nothing but help.

      I'd much prefer to have a Cabrio than a New Beetle Convertible any day.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, with the new diesels, that problem is solved. I know that's the reason for them not to have offered one previously. But, the T2B5 diesels smell no worse than a gas engine and don't smoke either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow, that would be the first new golf cabriolet since 1995 or so. my first car was a 85 cabrio with 90hp. i loved it and i loved the roll bar. so many times i rolled down the street while standing on the seat and leaning on the roll bar. 200mph in a supercar MIGHT be more exciting then 50mph while standing up with one foot on the wheel.
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