2011 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- VW revives the Golf Cabriolet — for Europe only.
- The new soft-top Golf isn't slated for the American market, VW tells Edmunds.com.
- U.S. customers instead will get a redesigned Eos and a new Beetle Cabrio.
GENEVA — Volkswagen is reviving the Golf Cabriolet — apparently for Europe only. The new soft-top Golf, the first since 2002, will be publicly unveiled next week at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.
A spokesperson for VW of America on Wednesday told Edmunds.com that the Golf Cabrio "is not slated to come to the U.S. We're focused on our all-new 2012 Eos and an upcoming Beetle Cabrio for the U.S. market."
Eight inches shorter than the Eos, the latest iteration of the two-door four-passenger Golf Cabrio features a power-operated fabric top with a heated rear window. The top takes 9.5 seconds to lower, according to VW, and can be operated at speeds up to 18 mph.
The cabin mirrors that of the Golf hatchback, as does much of the exterior sheet metal. Safety features on the Golf Cabrio include an active roll-over protection system, ABS, ESP, airbags all round and a driver's knee airbag.
When the car goes on sale this summer, European customers will be able to choose from four-cylinder gasoline and turbodiesel units, ranging in output from 104 to 158 horsepower. A range-topping 208-hp 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline engine will be added later in the model year.
Edmunds.com says: We think there's still a market in the States for the Golf Cabrio, but VW is not convinced. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent