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Volkswagen to Discontinue Eos, Replace it with a Larger Soft-Top Model

By Trevor Dorchies | November 29, 2012
It appears the sun is setting on the Volkswagen Eos after only six years in production. Volkswagen design boss Klaus Bischoff confirmed to Autocar that the Eos will be shelved in favor of a larger soft-top convertible. Bischoff also said that it wouldn't be long until a successor to the Eos is introduced. “The Eos will not be prolonged when it comes off the market," said Bischoff to Autocar. "Retractable hardtops are disappearing from the market now, and to be honest that’s not something I mind.” Bischoff also confirmed that Volkswagen is currently exploring a full-size, four-seat convertible and that's only one of 100 design studies being worked on by his team. “There’s definitely room in our line-up for a larger convertible, so why not do it," said Bischoff to Autocar. “The problem with such ambitions is that all our existing factories are at full capacity, so any new additions means building new factories.” A new model would mean the retooling of the AutoEuropa facility in Portugal, where the Eos is currently built. The Eos is the first production coupe assembled by Volkswagen since the Corrado was discontinued in 1995. With its five-piece folding roof, the Eos allows its passengers to be under the sun in about 25 seconds, a little long by today's standards. When folded down, the roof reduces trunk space from 10.5 cubic feet to 6.6 cubic feet. The Eos went under the knife back in 2010 for a facelift and now carries the same front-end design that's making its way across Volkswagen's lineup. Details about an Eos successor are still cloudy but another convertible would keep the total number of soft-tops in Volkswagen's portfolio at three (Beetle and Golf too). As soon as we get more information we'll pass it along to you so stay tuned. What say you? What should Volkswagen replace the Eos with? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Source: Autocar  
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Michael Mason
Michael Mason

I surprised my wife with a red 2012 EOS on Christmas morning 2011. She had been saying she wanted one when our Jetta lease ran out and the dealer bought the Jetta out early enabling me to get a great deal in late Dec which is not big convertible weather in Rochester, NY.  My wife absolutely loves that car and so do I. It's a nice car to go with our 2012 Volvo S60. We have taken just as many trips in the EOS as the Volvo to Connecticut, Maryland, Boston and NYC, all about 6 hours away. My wife does house-cleaning and can easily manage everything in the trunk even though it is small. On nice summer days, she'll put the vacuum in the back seat so she can put the top down. On our trips, we can easily pack two small suitcases and other essentials in the trunk and still have room to put top down. We often avoid the major interstates for part of our trip to enjoy the top down on some more scenic roads. We have 13 months more to go on our lease and my wife is already worried. She wants another one and could go into deep depression if I tell her it's being discontinued. I really don't want to buy this one because I like leasing and no maintenance and have leased for 20 years now. PLEASE DON"T DISCONTINUE THE EOS, at least not UNTIL AFTER 2015 model year. I'll lease another one for sure if still available. My wife gets so many compliments, esp since it's a stunning red, and has given countless demonstrations of lowering and raising the top. We really like the "hard-top", esp up here where winters are long and snowy. And we drive the car all year.  It is truly the most fun car we've ever had and we've had a lot of nice sports sedans. We love the EOS and everything about it. I honestly can't think of one negative thing to say about this amazing piece of German engineering.

claire morris
claire morris

I LOVE my EOS. Please dont stop producing this. I have received endless compliments on my car

James Hooper
James Hooper

EOS is wonderful!!! Don't end this car, keep it!! I shed my Volvo c70 softtop to move up to a hardtop, I don't want to go back... please, please leave it for us!