Automotive News Europe reports that the VW Eos cabriolet will be discontinued from production in May/June 2015, and order books will close in March.
The Volkswagen Eos is a convertible that was introduced as the successor of the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. Production of the car takes place Volkswagen Group’s AutoEuropa plant in Palmela, Portugal, where the Volkswagen Sharan, Volkswagen Scirocco and the Seat Alhambra are also built.
The five-piece folding roof of the coupe convertible incorporates an integrated and independently sliding glass sunroof. The roof retracts in 25 seconds and the car must be stationary during that time.
The Eos has been in its first-generation model ever since it was introduced nine years back in 2006. The car was updated many times and also given a mid-life facelift in 2010, but never went further to the next-generation model.
The convertible segment is said to have lost its stance in the market. The report says that European sales of convertibles made by volume carmakers dropped 20% to 65,737 in 2014. The Eos stood at 9th position with sales dropping 14% to 3,197 units, adds the report.
That said, the European market is losing its interest in affordable convertibles, especially in retractable hardtops, while the sales of the premium convertibles like the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster is growing, suggests the report.
[Source – Europe.Autonews.com]