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First Look: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

First drop-top Golf since 2003.

by on Feb.23, 2011

The VW Golf Cabriolet returns to the line-up, in 2012, after a 9-year absence.

Volkswagen has some big news for drop-top fans, starting with the 2012 Golf Cabriolet, which will make its formal debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

It’s the first time you could roll back the roof on a Golf since 2003, and the advanced electro-hydraulic system the new model uses will permit it to be opened or closed in less than 10 seconds.

Significantly, the Golf Cabriolet will build on an already expanding line-up of Volkswagen convertibles, joining the slightly longer Eos model, while an all-new version of the Beetle – to include a cabriolet edition – is in the works.

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Unlike the folding hardtop Eos, the 2012 VW Golf Cabriolet will use a canvas roof, but that should permit for significantly more cargo space than permitted by the compromised Eos trunk.  Volkswagen officials claim you can raise or lower the electro-hydraulic Golf Cabrio top in just 9.5 seconds – and that it can be operated at speeds of up to 18 mph.


First Look: 2012 Volkswagen EOS

The hardtop convertible “perfected”?

by on Nov.17, 2010

The second-generation 2012 Volkswagen Eos will reach showrooms in March 2011.

We may be nearing winter but what better place than Los Angeles to roll out your new convertible, or so Volkswagen has apparently decided, as it is using the L.A. Auto Show as the stage for the launch of its second-generation Eos hardtop convertible.

The maker says it has “perfected” the Eos, which is named for the ancient goddess of the dawn – but which gets a decidedly more masculine feel in the 2012 remake.

The new model’s face adopts the latest VW three-bar chrome grille, here framed by conventional halogen or optional xenon beams, which are surrounded by 14 LED bulbs on either side which serve as daytime running lamps. An optional Light Assist system automatically switches between low and high beams, as necessary.  Two-part LED rear lights and a new rear bumper distinguish the 2012 Volkswagen Eos from the rear.

The new droptop will be powered by the updated Volkswagen 2.0-liter turbo I4, which is paired, in Eos, with a 6-speed DSG gearbox.  Expect fuel economy of around 31 on the highway, 22 around town.  A variety of gas and diesel powertrains will be offered in other parts of the world.

Interior changes are modest, primarily focusing on the use of new dashboard and door trim.  A new “cool leather” helps reflect the sun’s rays to keep the seats comfortable, even on the brightest summer days, VW claims.

Along with the Light Assist, new technology includes an advanced auto-park feature that can now handle both parallel and adjacent parking situations, a more sophisticated multifunction color display, keyless entry and push start.

Look for the 2012 Volkswagen Eos to hit U.S. showrooms next March.