Volkswagen Ag., Europe’s largest carmaker will not develop a successor model to its Eos convertible model, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported on Monday , without specifying its sources.
“Some niches are so small that it is not worthwhile,” VW CEO Martin Winterkorn said.
According to the executive, the development of a convertible is difficult and expensive due to the required body reinforcement and the complicated roof structure but the segment of open vehicles is declining worldwide – and VW has the largest number of convertible vehicles in to world.
Introduced for the first time in 2006, the model is made at the AutoEuropa plant in Portugal and unlike any cabriole vehicles, EOS is a standalone model with all-new body panels; although it shares the platform and components from the Volkswagen Golf (Mk5).
A face lifted Volkswagen Eos appeared in late 2010, and went on sale as a 2012 model outside Europe.
However, VW made only 8000 Eos vehicles last year. In Germany the basic 90 kw 1.4 TSI model with six-speed manual gearbox starts at 29,450 euros. The top of the line “Exclusive” with a 155kw 2.0 TSI engine equipped with the six speed automatic DSG gearbox is 41,025 euros.