German newspaper Der Spiegel claims there will not be a replacement model for the Volkswagen Eos hard-top convertible which is likely to be phased out of production before the end of 2014. The company is instead expected to focus its intent upon the more affordable and more contemporary Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet.
According to an unnamed source, the cost of replacement for a hard-top convertible of similar proportions is prohibitive. The source claimed that sales of convertibles are dropping worldwide - bad news for the Volkswagen Group as it has more drop-tops across its numerous brands than any other company.
The Eos has been on sale internationally since 2006. The car is based upon the fifth-generation Golf underpinnings, but is a standalone model - no panels are shared with any other VW product.
Volkswagen Australia general manager of communications Karl Gehling told CarAdvice that the Eos remains on sale locally, and no official announcement has been made on its future.
The report claims only 8000 Eos convertible models have been produced at the AutoEuropa plant in Poland in 2014. In Australia in 2013 there were 404 examples sold, down 47.2 per cent on 2012's figure (765).