By on October 9, 2015

 

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Back in 2014, Volkswagen of America and Volkswagen Canada announced that 2015 would be the final year of the Eos. In the U.S. that meant the Final Edition trim replaced the Sport trim between the Komfort and Executive trims. In Canada, a Wolfsburg Edition was the only trim offered — effectively a Highline at the price of a Comfortline.

So, why is there now a 2016 Volkswagen Eos being offered in the U.S. for $4,000 less than before?

Because even Volkswagen of America can’t ignore a screaming deal.

Volkswagen extended production of the Eos from May to November of this year. As part of that, parent Volkswagen shopped the Eos around to all its regional children looking for hand raisers to take a limited run of 2016s.

America said yes. Canada said no.

Also, according to a source, the $4,000 price reduction is directly related to the amount of money Volkswagen of America didn’t have to pay Volkswagen AG for the hardtop convertibles.

So there it is. Now you know.

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30 Comments on “Volkswagen Killed the Eos, So Why is There a 2016 Model?...”


  • avatar
    MBella

    It also probably has something to do with the fact that all of them will go to car rental fleets. They can’t let Buick have the full market share.

  • avatar
    mike1dog

    Four thousand less, but still overpriced by about five grand.

  • avatar
    RHD

    Because Wolfsburg feels that double-digit annual depreciation for TDI owners isn’t enough, such suffering should also be foisted on those who buy a new gas-powered VW as well.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    By the way, the initial starting price was $35,000. So now it will be $31,000 for these 2016 models. Funny, that’s still too damn high.

    • 0 avatar
      Dawnrazor

      Is it really too high at $31k (serious question)?

      They look nice enough in person, seem to have much better interior quality than the Americanized Jettas and Passats, and have the 2.0T+DSG powertrain. Being convertibles, there’s undoubtedly additional expense in structual reinforcement, not to mention the (admittedly overengineered) top mechanism.

      I don’t think you could touch any of the other small German convertibles for anything close to that price. It might be comparable to a Mini Cooper convertible, but I think the Mini starts higher than $31k (and feels like a bit of a downgrade in terms of overall build quality). A V6 Mustang or Camaro might compete in price, but these are completely different types of cars than an Eos and it’s hard to imagine anyone cross-shopping them. The MX-5/Miata is always a great choice (maybe the best, now that the S2000 is no more), but it’s only a 2-seater. Ditto the 370z, which I think is more expensive anyway.

      There just doesn’t seem to be anything else out there currently which directly competes toe-to-toe with the Eos in all categories. The upcoming Buick is probably as close as it gets.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        I think it’s too much money for a VW which is:

        Outdated
        Based on Golf
        Doesn’t hold up well from what I’ve seen in person noticing them
        Lame looking
        FWD

        The rear seats aren’t really for using anyway. And the 370Z starts at $29,900. MX5 with PRHT is $28,600, while the soft top is $24,900.

        So YES, it is STILL too expensive. It’s answering a question which everyone else stopped asking in 2008, like the Sebring/200 and Solara.

        • 0 avatar
          JMII

          When did Volvo stop making the C70 convertible? 2013? I’m guessing that’s really the Eos’s only modern competition outside of a Beetle convertible. A G37 (or Q whatever it is now) could be another.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          They can sell more of them because everyone else stopped. A back seat, even if small, is important to some convertible buyers. The top is the best retractable top that has ever been built. The interior is also one of the nicer ones VW spat out pre-MQB — it was upscaled a bit from the Golf MkV the car was based on. Honestly it’s probably nicer than the Cascada interior, except for the atrocious infotainment.

          No one will cross shop this against a Miata or 370Z. It’s a touring car, not a sports car. It will sell to rental companies, old people, and people who want a convertible but aren’t driving enthusiasts.

          • 0 avatar
            krhodes1

            EOS are about the most common convertible in my neck of the woods. All over the place. Very rarely with the top down, but if you are a lady of a certain age who wants a convertible to swan around in, they are the hot ticket. And almost the only game in town, as you say.

      • 0 avatar
        Lorenzo

        DSG is a powertrain? Whenever I see it, I think Di-sodium glutamate, though I know it means double-slush gearbox.

  • avatar
    Pch101

    The suspension of its diesel sales is going to force the company to scramble for alternatives.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    We seriously considered buying one in 2012 – both of us really like them and even test-drove one.

    Still, good ol’ Chevy won out with a 2012 Impala LTZ for mid-20K. Haven’t been disappointed, either.

    Sure, I’m an older guy and an Eos would be perfect for us, but with retirement 17 months away, we are simplifying our lives at an accelerated rate and the last thing we need is a sizable car payment. I would be VERY skeptical of buying one used.

    …BUT… you never know!

    • 0 avatar
      mu_redskin

      Go ahead and get one! I just turned in my wife’s 2013 for a 2016 today. I was really surprised the 2016’s were available and was about to buyout my lease since there isn’t rrally isn’t another hard top convertible option like the eos. My wife’s always had convertibles and like that the hard top is far easier to live with in the winter. This is a fun car to drive!

      Note to vw America – 2000 on the hood for returning vw customers isn’t enough. This purchase probably only happened because it was an eos. Also, try offering 3 years of oil changes. I had it on my 2013 and was disappointed you no longer offer it. My 2013 was really dependable – it only required the 3 scheduled dealer visits for an oil change and tire rotations. Free oil changes really don’t cost you anything and they get customers back in the store!

      My sales associate confided that the dealer has sold only a fraction of their normal volume so far this month….should be interesting when the sales numbers come out.

      • 0 avatar
        MK

        Damning with faint praise… that your 2-yr old VW didn’t have any major problems (I would certainly hope it didn’t!)

        But kudos to you for putting your money back into the brand.

        • 0 avatar
          th009

          I think zero repairs (for three years) is still better than industry average.

          • 0 avatar
            Hank

            I can’t think of a car I’ve had after 1998 that did have a repair in the first three years. Our Honda Odyssey is 10 with 144,000 and has only needed regular maintenance (oil, tires, brakes, plugs, filters).

  • avatar
    Drew8MR

    Needs more handle. I know modern engineering makes it superfluous, but it was the signature design cue of VW convertibles post round era.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    I shopped these before I bought my Saab. They were decent enough but I’m just not a fan of hardtop convertibles.

    I do hope down the road VW re-offers the Gold convertible here.

    • 0 avatar
      MRF 95 T-Bird

      I always figured pre-2011 there was some cross-shopping of these with the Saab convertible. I wonder if any current Saab convertible owners will go for the new Buick Cascada or will they jump to Audi or BMW drop tops.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        I think the Cascada will end up a bit too expensive, and to my eyes already looks a little dated (because it is), but that could be because I am -aware- of cars on sale in Europe. Most Americans aren’t, so it’ll look fresh and not be an issue.

        That being said, Saab customers who view themselves as unique (which most like to) would go straight for the BMW or the Audi. Likely the Audi, I feel – as they’re used to FWD from Saab.

  • avatar
    SMIA1948

    Drive an Eos before you dismiss it. It just feels better than any other convertible near its price.

    Of course, if you’re a guy, driving an Eos makes it harder to hide the fact that you’re gay.

    • 0 avatar
      kmars2009

      Ah the stereotypical gay comment. Heaven forbid, ANYONE think you are gay! You should drive what you want…screw what OTHER NARROW MINDED people think! A real man drives and does what he wants. Not worrying about stereotypes….and is secure about his manhood.
      BTW when the Mustang was born, it was intended for secretaries and college girls. Hence the “PONY CAR” nick name.

  • avatar
    blueflame6

    Almost nobody who reads this or any other automotive web site is in the target market for this vehicle, but the money from people who are is just as green. This is now priced well against the Buick Cascada.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    So they had extra parts left over and the tooling wasn’t quite paid off yet, and lots of other parts are used on other Volkswagen models, and they have a rental market to dump into, so they’re extending production another year. The accounting department must be pleased.

  • avatar
    motormouth

    Mmmm, leftovers.

  • avatar
    derekson

    The 2016 Eos only exists to get rid of parts they already had in inventory or had already paid for from suppliers. It will be an abbreviated production run.

  • avatar
    jakeybaby92

    I would like to add I’m a 24 yr old male and I love my eos its actually my second one. I’m a proud owner never had a problem with my top and I also own a 2015 lexus rx450h and actually prefer driving my eos instead. That buick also has a buick symbol which would never work for me, I’m not fifty and neither is my husband. The interior of the a3 convertible also felt cheap as if my keys would scratch the cheap leather, we just weren’t impressed. Me and my husband are also huge vw/audi fans as he drives a q7 but the q3 cabrio just didn’t even seem like an audi to either of us.

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