VW will launch a soft-top version of the sixth-generation Golf in time for summer 2011

Volkswagen has revealed it will launch a new Golf cabriolet in 2011.

The new model, confirmed by VW Group boss Martin Winterkorn on a trip to VW's Osnabrück plant, will come with a folding soft-top to set it apart from the folding hard-top Eos coupe-cabriolet already in VW's range.

VW hasn't offered a Golf cabriolet since the third-generation Golf, a model that continued to be sold alongside the fourth-generation car until 2002 with some styling changes taken from the updated car.

The Golf's folding fabric roof is expected to be borrowed from the Audi A3 cabriolet, with which the Golf shares a platform.

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The announcement of the Golf cabriolet has led to speculation that the Eos's days may be numbered in VW's range, given the current trend of firms looking to cut the weight of their cars. BMW's next 3-series convertible, for example, will switch back to a fabric roof from the retractable hard-top currently used.

But VW insists it remains "fully committed" to the Eos and has recently revised the car. This will be revealed at the LA motor show later this month and brings its styling in line with the rest of the VW range.

No pricing details for the Golf cabriolet have been revealed, but expect it to come in below the £20,000 charged from entry-level Eos and A3 cabriolet models at around £18,000. The car will be in UK showrooms in time for summer 2011, with an engine line-up mirroring the rest of the Golf range.

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3 November 2010

Good, about time, might have to seriously look at that when the Alfa is due for change...

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3 November 2010

I think this is a good move, but surely they won't keep the Eos going as well, especially as they have now made it look so like the Golf. Otherwise VW will have rather a glut of Cabrios, Beetle, Golf, Eos.....

Also, I'm surprised that they're doing this with the current Golf at this stage, doesn't it only have a couple of more years to go before it is replaced?

3 November 2010

[quote catnip]Also, I'm surprised that they're doing this with the current Golf at this stage, doesn't it only have a couple of more years to go before it is replaced?[/quote]

Yep, new Golf VII due 2012. Mind you the current Cabriolet's based on a car from 1991, so about time it is due a new version.

3 November 2010

why? What is the point? Surely the Eos provides all the open topness that is requried for that market? Will the next gen be more of a passat sized car? And why not go down the route of a smaller cabbie based on the Polo platform instead? I just don't get VW planning sometimes

4 November 2010

I agree that the Eos is far more suitable as a small drop top VW than this latest Golf especially as it looks by your picture that it does not hide the canvas roof and leaves a pram effect.

4 November 2010

Supposedly the next-gen Eos will be aligned with the Passat rather than the Golf, in size, design and price. This has been on the cards almost since the Eos was first launched and reported regularly elsewhere.

4 November 2010

[quote marj]Yep, new Golf VII due 2012[/quote]

Really? Already?

Is this going to be a new Golf from the bottom up or just another restyled Mk5?

I was going to ask for one for the next company car but there doesn't seem much point if they're changing it in 2012. I would have had it for less than a year by the time the Mk7 is out and the Mk6 would start to look a bit dated. I don't know why that is with the Golf's - the Mk5 was really sharp when it came out and even just before the next Mk6 came out, you'd still think so. Then bam! Give it a few months and the Mk5 looked dated despite the new one being a bit more square and far less rounded!

Maybe it just shows how fast the times are moving these days....

4 November 2010

[quote Addy Go Fast]

Really? Already?

Is this going to be a new Golf from the bottom up or just another restyled Mk5?

[/quote]

No, Mk7 will be the all-new Golf.

Mk6 was a rush-job because Mk5 was far too expensive to build compared to Focus et al. They cut a lot of cost out of building it while improving perceived quality of plastics and so on, and new body panels. More of a Mk 5.5 really. Still uses the same platform as Mk5, as do most of the cars in the VAG empire these days.

Mk7 will use the next-generation FWD/AWD transverse-engine platform which will underpin half the VAG range over the next decade.

4 November 2010

[quote disco.stu]

No, Mk7 will be the all-new Golf.

Mk6 was a rush-job because Mk5 was far too expensive to build compared to Focus et al. They cut a lot of cost out of building it while improving perceived quality of plastics and so on, and new body panels. More of a Mk 5.5 really. Still uses the same platform as Mk5, as do most of the cars in the VAG empire these days.

Mk7 will use the next-generation FWD/AWD transverse-engine platform which will underpin half the VAG range over the next decade

[/quote]

Thank you for clearing that up buddy - I wasn't aware of it!

Sadly I wouldn't be able to wait that long as the current car's lease is already up, but I wonder if it will be worth the wait. The cynical part of me says it will be the same usual Golf experience - nice cosy interior, perceived high quality in it's execution and fairly dull to drive. I wasn't impressed with the Mk6's handling as it seemed stodgy compared to the Mk5, definitely a comfort biased setup without any doubt.

Might just have to ask for the Guilietta and be done with it!....

4 November 2010

[quote Addy Go Fast]Might just have to ask for the Guilietta and be done with it!....[/quote]

Excellent idea ;)

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