2011 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2011 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2011 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2011 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2011 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2011 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2011 Volkswagen Eos
This week's Los Angeles Auto Show plays host to the coming out party for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, which once again gives the German automaker a pair of four-seat convertibles clustered within striking distance of each other's price ranges. That won't be the case for long, however, as the recently refreshed Eos folding hardtop convertible won't get a successor.

The handwriting has been on the wall for the slow-selling model, which is priced above the new Beetle droptop, starting at $34,350 despite offering a similar powertrain to the Beetle Turbo, which rings up at $27,795 (base 2.5-liter Beetle Convertibles start at $24,495). Through October, Volkswagen has managed to sell just 5,529 Eos units, down 17.8 percent over 2011. This, despite a modest facelift and equipment updates for the 2012 model year. At the same time that the Eos was getting freshened, VW introduced the similarly sized and similar looking Golf Cabriolet for Europe, which despite folding hardtop construction, seemingly obviated the Eos' business case. The Cabriolet subsequently spawned GTI and R variants, giving the model further momentum and appeal.

Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen's head of global design, did not tell Autoblog when the Eos will be phased out – VW has already released a 2013 model – but he did confirm that a replacement is not in the cards. However, Bischoff did express clear support for the idea of bringing the Golf Cabriolet to North America, as well as the GTI Convertible.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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      Corey
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Golf and GTI cabrio's are better looking than the Eos anyhow. It should be (have already been, honestly) a "no brainer" to ax the Eos.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Steven Chang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still ugly, still a girls car, still boring, still overpriced. IMHO.
        CJ_313
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steven Chang
        I don't think it's ugly or boring personally... The rest of your opinions I agree with.
      BC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Folding hardtops are expensive and most of them look more awkwardly proportioned when the top is up than soft tops do. The Eos was almost unique in that the hardtop incorporated a sunroof which could open when the top is up, but that's an additional expense that also asks, if I'm satisfied with an open sunroof, why do I need a folding top? or conversely, if the weather is nice enough to open the sunroof, why wouldn't I just put the top down? For the price of an Eos, I'd rather have an Audi A5 coupe with a sunroof. A Golf Cabrio for thousands less also looks more attractive.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BC
        The only pro I could think of for the Eos sunroof was the fact that you could open it any speed, above the maximum speeds at which you can open the entire top. That said, it still seems like a lot more of a stupid pet trick than a feature worth its cost in engineering complexity.
      stratosrally
      • 2 Years Ago
      As an automotive oddity - the Eos also has the distinction of having the worst drivers I've ever run across, at least here in Austin. Every time I see one on the road going in the same direction as myself, they are always cutting people off, failing to use turn signals, merging improperly, driving too slow/too fast, or pulling out in front of fast-moving traffic from side streets. It's one of the strangest things I've ever run across... I also think it's the ugliest car VW has ever made - why anyone would buy one over a Golf Cabrio or a Beetle Convertible I'll never know. Not that I'm a fan of most convertibles, myself. The only convertible I see any point in owning is the Miata, and it would need to be a tuned and tweaked Miata for me to really enjoy it.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stratosrally
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        Wacko
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stratosrally
        See thats like almost every F150 I see here in northern Quebec
        CJ_313
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stratosrally
        It's not the ugliest, I'd give that award to the Routan. And the worst drivers here in Michigan are usually piloting a minivan, any make/model.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stratosrally
        Not ugly in the least, just a bit feminine and a tad characterless
      ocnblu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Goodbye, Eos. With the hot looking Golf ragtop around, you didn't stand a chance. Glad to see proper canvas roof convertibles making a comeback.
      Sam Abuelsamid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing exclusive about this, Autocar reported it last night http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/vw-kill-eos
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      No doubt about it when it's such a clear case of "holy overlapping product Batman!" I think expanding on Golf line-up as its own brand as say 3 series is, would be smart. Jetta, Golf, Golf Cabrio and Jetta Sportwagen. Although I'd toy with an idea of killing off Jetta and just call everything Golf + variant name.
      hareglsl
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Nazi's loose another battle ..... thats good... thats good
      gosoaring10
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW stylists must be taking some interesting drugs. The proportions of the new beetle make it look like a 1950 Hudson.
        joynerz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gosoaring10
        Agreed. I haven't noticed anything from VW going down the road that caught my interest except for that new Beetle. It's ugly duckling.
      ljbar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where is the VW Bulli we were promised?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ljbar
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