VOLKSWAGEN EOS NAMED 'BEST CONVERTIBLE' IN MOTORWEEK'S DRIVERS' CHOICE AWARDS
MotorWeek TV has named the Volkswagen Eos the 'Best Convertible' in its annual Drivers' Choice Awards. The announcement was made today at the Chicago Auto Show and MotorWeek will feature the Drivers' Choice Award winners on a special episode to air on PBS February 10.
'The four-season retractable hardtop design of the Volkswagen Eos sets a new benchmark for affordable convertibles,' said MotorWeek host John Davis. 'The cleverness of the top is obvious. Add in strong and efficient engines and great driving pleasure and the Eos is an easy convertible standout.'
The Volkswagen Eos is the world's first four-seat, hard-top convertible wîth an integrated glass sunroof. The CSC™ (coupe-sunroof-convertible) is a revolutionary five-panel roof that transforms the coupe's hardtop, wîth integrated sunroof and heated-glass rear window, into an open-air convertible.
With the click of a switch, owners of the 2007 Eos enjoy the attributes of a traditional 'rag top' and the benefits of a protected and quiet interior environment of a hard-top. In an industry 'first-and-only,' the panoramic, tinted glass power sunroof is integrated into the folding roof of the Volkswagen Eos. The externally-guided, tilt-and-slide sunroof wîth automatic pinch protection gets 'sandwiched' between roof panels as the hard-top is lowered.
Available wîth the award-winning 2.0T four-cylinder or the innovative 3.2 L narrow-angle V6 engines, other notable features of the Volkswagen 2007 Eos include Climatic single-zone air conditioning as standard in the base Eos, wîth dual-zone Climatronic™ standard in the Eos 2.0T and 3.2 L models. Easy entry rear seats that 'remember' the driver's and front passenger's longitudinal seating positions, and return to these once the rear passengers have entered or exited the vehicle are standard on the Eos 3.2 L and optional on the 2.0T models.
The 2007 Eos 2.0T offers 200 horsepower and 207 lbs.-ft. of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine. High-pressure, Fuel Stratified Injection helps wîth performance and efficiency. The 2007 Eos 2.0T is EPA rated at an estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city and an impressive 32 mpg in highway driving.
The 2007 Drivers' Choice Awards were selected by a team of 15 judges, comprised of the writers, producers and crew of MotorWeek. The judges evaluated more than 150 cars and trucks, focusing on key features of superior performance, technology, practicality and dollar value. The vehicles selected for a 2007 Drivers' Choice Award made it through the grueling gauntlet of road and track tests as well as a comprehensive comparison to competitors.
MotorWeek, the original automotive magazine series on television, is one of the nation's leading sources for automotive industry news, new car information, and entertainment, focusing on consumers' needs and the driving experience. The award-winning series can be seen on more than 240 PBS stations nationwide and on cable's SPEED. MotorWeek is nationally sponsored by Cars.com, The Tire Rack, Valvoline, and Goodyear.Source - Volkswagen
VOLKSWAGEN GTI AND ALL-NEW EOS ARE AUTOBYTEL'S BEST FOR 2007
Two-liter turbo, handling and suspension, retractable hardtop among favorite features
In its annual Editors' Choice Awards, Autobytel selected the Volkswagen GTI and all-new Eos as the Best New Performance Car Únder $40,000 and Best New Convertible Únder $75,000, respectively. The Editors' Choice Awards names the best new 2007 vehicles on the market as decided by a team of veteran automotive editors.
Autobytel commended the 200-horsepower 2.0T four-cylinder engine shared by the GTI and Eos, especially when combined wîth the sports-tuned suspension and responsive §teering offered by the GTI. The choice of transmission, wrap-around bucket seats, practical interior and four doors were additional GTI features praised by Autobytel. At $22,600, the four-door GTI falls well under $40,000.
The GTI is fun to drive, wîth its high-tech, 200-horsepower 2.0T four-cylinder engine that produces 207 ft.-lbs. of torque, fully independent sports-tuned suspension, aggressive exterior styling, and a practical interior that equally mixes functionality, flair and a driver-first focus and layout. For the first time in the Ú.S., a four-door hatchback body style is available in addition to the traditional GTI coupe.
The 2007 GTI is a solid and aggressive sports model wîth an available automated manual DSG(tm) transmission that utilizes direct shifting which essentially automatically depresses clutch-shift points more efficiently and quicker than even a professional driver can. For those driving enthusiasts who want the unique control of a clutch, the GTI comes wîth a standard six-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Top speed is electronically governed at 130 miles per hour in the Ú.S.
Earlier this month, Car and Driver selected the GTI as one of its 10Best cars for the fourth time, and Popular Mechanics named it the best in the 'Driving Fun' category of its 2007 Automotive Excellence Awards.
Also at the Editors' Choice Awards, Autobytel selected the all-new Eos as the Best New Convertible Únder $75,000, recognizing the $27,990 car as the least expensive convertible on the market wîth a retractable hardtop. Like the GTI, Autobytel gave accolades to the Eos' 200-horsepower turbocharged engine, plus its power and safety equipment, passable rear seat, and solid structure.
Named after the Greek goddess of dawn, Eos, the Volkswagen Eos is the world's first four-seat, hardtop convertible wîth an integrated glass sunroof. The CSC™ (coupe-sunroof-convertible) is a revolutionary five-panel roof that transforms the coupe's hardtop, wîth integrated sunroof and heated-glass rear window, into an open-air convertible. With the click of a switch, owners of the 2007 Eos enjoy the desirous attributes of a traditional 'rag top' and the benefits of a protected and quiet interior environment of a hard-top. In an industry 'first-and-only,' the panoramic, tinted glass power sunroof is integrated into the folding roof of the Volkswagen Eos. The externally-guided, tilt-and-slide sunroof wîth automatic pinch protection gets 'sandwiched' between roof panels as the hardtop is lowered.
Available wîth the award-winning 2.0T four-cylinder or the innovative 3.2 L narrow-angle V6 engines, other notable features of the Volkswagen 2007 Eos include Climatic single-zone air conditioning as standard in the base Eos, wîth dual-zone Climatronic™ standard in the Eos 2.0T and 3.2 L models. Easy-entry rear seats that 'remember' the driver's and front passenger's longitudinal seating positions, and return to these once the rear passengers have entered or exited the vehicle, are standard on the Eos 3.2 L and optional on the 2.0T models.
Last month, the Eos won the '2006 Best of What's New' award from Popular Science in the automotive category.Source - Volkswagen
Enjoying the open-air has never been easier than in the retractable design, which combines the wind-blown experience of the traditional ragtop with the all-season comfort and security of the fixed roof. Introduced as the replacement for the Golf Cabriolet, the Eos was the first production coupe for Volkswagen since the last Corrado in 95. Debuting in 2006, Eos, which is Greek for the goddess of the sunrise, was a four-seat retractable hardtop coupe convertible.
Incredibly unique and the only hardtop of this kind, the five-piece folding roof called the CSC (coupe-sunroof-convertible) features an integrated and independently sliding glass sunroof which folds automatically in a quick 25 seconds. The roof is popular with kids, who enjoy watching the folding roof lift up, separate into five panels that settle inside each other, before retracting to drop itself into the trunk compartment. The sunroof is large and includes a heated glass rear window. The trunk space goes from 10.5 cubic feet down to 6.6 cubic feet once the roof is put away. The design and the construction of the roof came courtesy of OASys, which was a subsidiary of Webasto, Germany. The Eos competes with the MINI Cooper S and the BMW 1-Series Convertible.
The 2004 Geneva Motor Show was where the Concept C was officially unveiled to the public. The design team was led by Peter Schreyer, Head of Volkswagen Design in Wolfsburg. Slovenian Robert Lešnik also had a big role in the design of the Eos. In September of 2005 the production Eos that was produced at the AutoEuropa plant in Portugal was debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The following January the model was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Cabriolet that it was replacing was a convertible version of the Golf Hatchback while the Eos is its completely separate model with brand new body panels. However it does share a platform and some components from the Volkswagen Golf. The wheelbase is the same as the Golf Mk5 and Jetta models. The Eos is manufactured at Palmela, Portugal in Volkswagen's AutoEuropa factory. Production began late in 2005 and the initial deliveries were actually delayed because of a wind noise issue. During the first part of 2006 the Eos was introduced in Europe, and during the latter part of the same year it was introduced in North America. In October of 2006 the right-hand drive market hit Japan, closely followed by Australia and New Zealand in January of 2007. The Eos was debuted in South Africa in mid 2007.
Typically higher priced when compared to other mainstream convertibles, the Eos does come with plenty of standard equipment, a high-quality interior and the unique hardtop design. Initially the Eos was available with either the turbocharged four engine or a narrow-angle 3.2-liter V6 engine producing 250 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. The trims were base Eos, the 20T and 3.2L. The base model and the lavish 2.0T featured the turbocharged four joined to either a six-speed manual or the DSG. The 3.2L featured the V6 mated to the DSG along with a full host of accessories. Highlights of the Eos include a pretty spacious trunk, a power trunk that won't descend if anything is in its path, a sizeable backseat with room for children, or shorter adults. All models came with a pop-up roll bar plus head and thorax side air bags.
The next year the Eos trim levels were Turbo, Komfort, Lux and VR6, with the Turbo and Komfort taking over the previous years base and 2.0T trims. The Lux trim kept the turbocharged-4 engine and featured additional features. The VR6 trim was nearly identical to the previous 3.2L model but sported 18-inch wheels and sport seats. For 2007 and 2008 models a DVD-based navigation system was offered as an option.
For 2009 the Turbo and VR6 trims were discontinued. New this year was an updated touchscreen navigation system with multimedia inputs.
In 2009 a very unique edition called the White Night introduced. This edition featured custom black interior complementing the black and white color scheme package. The roof was Deep Black Pearlescent-colored while the body was Candy White-colored. The White Night came with custom wheels, 18-inch Budapest wheels & cherry-red LED taillights. This exclusive model also sported black mirror covers, black nappa leather seats, radiator grille and trim strips, door and side trim, trim strips and radio trim painted in special Candy White, a black steering wheel with light-colored seams and Sill panel strips with White Night letters. Heated front seats, Climatronic climate control system and sports chassis that was lowered 15 mm rounded out the rest of the extra special features. The White Night was priced around $43,000 U.S. and was available with all non-V6 models.
In 2012 the Eos received the front-end styling from the Jetta. The DSG transmission was made standard and a variety of new features like keyless ignition/entry were added. Climate controls and infotainment were updated for this year. All new for 2012 was the Executive trim level.
Just one engine is available for the current front-wheel-drive Eos, the energetic 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 200 hp wand 207 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to the six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), which features clutch-less ease of an automatic with the all of the perks of a manual transmission. The base Komfort model featured 12-way power driver seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and Bluetooth. The Sport trim features 18-ich wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, paddle shifters and a sport-tuned suspension. Ultra luxurious, the Lux model comes with all of the above features and keyless ignition and entry, navigation system, 12-way power front passenger seat and leather upholstery. Sitting pretty at the top of the lineup, the Executive features an upgraded navigation system, unique 18-inch wheels, a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system and a rearview camera.
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Eos http://www.edmunds.com/volkswagen/eos/ http://www.edmunds.com/volkswagen/eos/2013/#fullreview http://www.edmunds.com/volkswagen/eos/?ps=used http://www.thecarconnection.com/cars/volkswagen_eos#mainReview By Jessica Donaldson