Yes, the open top is being kicked out of Great Britain by the Volkswagen UK division – even as the model only received its latest refresh just over a year ago.
We told goodbye to the Eos back in 2015, when the model along with its retractable hard top were sent into retirement – and now it’s the soft-top Golf Cabriolet’s turn, this time only for the United Kingdom market. The dwindling demand is seriously impacting convertibles these days – and the Golf Cabriolet isn’t helped either by the fact it’s based on the previous generation Golf – even as the facelifted seventh gen is awaiting the official announcement. The Golf hatchback is among the most popular entries in the British market, but the Mk6-based Convertible is at the other end of the line – with just 1,621 units sold last year.
The VW group is also looking for ways to secure money for the Dieselgate scandal payout so no wonder a very low fabrication right-hand drive special model is getting the axe. Most likely, Volkswagen will entirely phase out the Golf Cabriolet soon – and no successors for it or the Eos are being planned. And the VW Golf Cabrio has also been slashed because the brand needs additional capacity production at the Wolfsburg plant in Germany for the Tiguan compact crossover.