• Nov 3, 2010
If you're like us, you've never found the Eos to be a fitting replacement for the long-running Golf-based Cabrio. Well, rejoice, Cabrio fans – it appears that Volkswagen will be bringing back the diminutive droptop sometime next year. And with the current Golf providing the groundwork, it shouldn't be too bad of a steer out on the road.

The German automaker has announced that it plans to add 1,800 jobs to its Osnabrück factory in 2011, and part of the reason for this is to assist in production of the upcoming Golf Cabrio. The Eos convertible will continue to be sold around the world, and we'll be seeing the refreshed version at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Production of the Golf Cabrio is expected to begin in the Spring, so we'd imagine that official information will be available within the coming months. For now, hit the jump to read Volkswagen's (translated) press release. Thanks for the drop-top tip, Roebear!

[Source: Volkswagen via VW Vortex]
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Good future prospects for Volkswagen Osnabrück

Minister President McAllister pays first visit


1,800 jobs at Volkswagen Osnabrück by end of 2011

Wolfsburg / Osnabrück, 29 October 2010 - David McAllister, Lower Saxony's Minister President and Volkswagen Supervisory Board member, visited the Volkswagen site in Osnabrück on Friday. Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, updated McAllister on preparations for the start of production of the Golf Cabrio in spring 2011.

"Over the decades, some of the most beautiful models in the automobile world have left the assembly line in Osnabrück. We will be carrying on this tradition from 2011 with the new Golf Cabrio," Winterkorn said during the tour of the site. "The capacities and specialist skills available here are very valuable for our Group. We will be creating a total of 1,800 jobs at Volkswagen Osnabrück by the end of 2011. Osnabrück will therefore remain a high-performance automobile location in our Group alliance going forward.

The management board of Volkswagen Osnabrück informed the guests about present activities at the site. Apart from a tour of the Golf Cabrio body shop and assembly hall, the delegation also paid a visit to the training workshop, where 75 apprentices are currently undertaking their vocational training. A guided tour of Osnabrück's collection of unique Group models rich in history and tradition rounded off the program.

Lower Saxony's Minister President David McAllister underscored the particular efforts of former Minister President Christian Wulff to support Osnabrück as an automobile location. "Many people dreamt of the Beetle Cabrio, the Karmann Ghia or the Scirocco. It is wonderful to see this tradition being continued now and to know that automobile production in Osnabrück has a future. The new Golf Cabrio will be a great car. The extensive expertise in cabriolet construction that is available here is being harnessed."

Volkswagen Osnabrück was set up in early 2010 on the former site of the Karmann holding company. Just a few days ago, Volkswagen Osnabrück announced it would be integrating the technical development and metal units of the insolvent Wilhelm Karmann GmbH i. I. The Osnabrück plant with its workforce of over 1,000 will commence production of the Golf Cabrio in spring 2011.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome. My girlfriend will be thrilled. I will pretend to hate it, but secretly I'll love it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How will VW differentiate the Golf Cabrio from the Eos? Both are built on the same platform and share similar dimensions. My guess is that the Eos will be sold more up-market, but other than price, they are the same car!
        • 4 Years Ago
        A better question would be how will the Golf Cabrio be differentiated from a Beetle Convertible--maybe there won't be a convertible version of the new New Beetle? But the Eos has the 2.0T/DSG powertrain and a folding hardtop; in practice it's priced at least $10K higher than where the Golf Cabrio will be--I don't see them attracting the same buyers. Now, if there's a Golf TDI Cabrio--that would be something.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait, I thought Step 1 was "cut a hole in the box"?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone know what kind of top it will be, rag top IE Beetle or hard top IE Eos?
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's going to be cloth top.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Step 1: Remove roof
      Step 2: ?
      Step 3: Profit
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Friend of mine got an EOS a few weeks ago. It's a damn nice car if you don't need it to get groceries (or much of anything else). It looks pretty cool in black.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The trunk fits a surprising amount, even with the top down. And if the top is down some groceries go in the back seat. =)
      • 4 Years Ago
      do not care. do want polo gti cab :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree the Polo would be great... but they still refuse to bring it over,
        are they afraid it will cannibalize Golf/GTI sales? because I don't think
        that's the case... the Fit and the Fiesta will be the ones to eat the Golfs lunch.

        so better to cannibalize yourself.... so what if the margins are smaller
        I would LOVE to rock that little VW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      License to Drive 2
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Eos is, and was, too expensive, especially when it came in 6-cylinder guise. Keep the Cabrio simple and less expensive, please. Cloth heated seats, a fabric roof, and make mine a manual-tranny-TDi, please! Though I'm sure it will be 5-cyl gas only.......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't it called the Eos?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If the Eos is based on the Passat, I'll eat this here phone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The eos is more based on the passat than the golf.
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