Volkswagen has reportedly decided to halt development of its Eos two-door convertible.
The current model, which recently received a modest facelift, is said to be facing weakening demand, with just 8,000 units driving off production lines last year, according to the German paper Der Spiegel.
The German company is said to face significant investment developing a next-generation model. Although the Eos is based on the same platform as the Golf, its convertible hardtop system and structural reinforcements pose unique challenges for engineers.
The Eos is available with one engine option in the US market, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill that produces 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can choose from a wide range of trim options, including an Executive package with bi-xenon headlights, sportier suspension, 18-inch wheels and a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system, among other features.
As a tiny convertible, the Eos filled a unique niche in the North American market. The convertible segment has been continuing a general decline, however, making a sales turnaround more challenging for the nameplate.
VW is expected to formally announce the Eos’ retirement sometime later this year.