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Volkswagen Eos

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A convertible car produced by Volkswagen from 2007-2015.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Volkswagen Eos page on 8 September 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Volkswagen Eos is a sport compact cabriolet coupé produced by the German automaker Volkswagen from 2006 to 2015. Assembled at AutoEuropa in Portugal, it was a convertible only compact coupé introduced as the successor of the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. It was Volkswagen's first production coupé since the Volkswagen Corrado, which ended production in July 1995.

The name Eos was derived from Eos, the Greek goddess of the dawn. The Eos ended production in May 2015. However, a limited number of base trim models were sold as models of 2016 in the United States.

Prior to production, the Eos was shown as the Concept C concept car at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show — designed by a team headed by Peter Schreyer, Head of Volkswagen Design in Wolfsburg. Other sources attribute the design of the Eos specifically to Slovenian Robert Lešnik.

The production Eos, produced at the AutoEuropa plant in Portugal, was presented in September 2005, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with the North American introduction at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006.

Unlike the Cabrio, which was a convertible version of the Golf hatchback, the Eos was a standalone model with all new body panels, although it shared the platform and components from the Volkswagen Golf (Mk5). The wheelbase matches the Golf Mk5 and Jetta.

The Eos incorporates into its five piece folding roof an integrated and independently sliding glass sunroof — making the Eos the only retractable hardtop of this kind. The roof folds automatically into the trunk in twenty five seconds, thereby reducing trunk space from 10.5 to 6.6 cubic feet (300 to 190 L)

The roof was designed and is built by OASys, a subsidiary of Webasto Germany. The design of the roof system is complex with its own hydraulic control system and numerous rubber seals. Periodic maintenance must be done to keep the seals conditioned so that they function properly.

Early models had a different seal design that was prone to leaking, but these were updated in the 2009/2010 timeframe. Proper body alignment is critical for proper top function.

A facelifted Volkswagen Eos appeared in October 2010, and went on sale as a model of 2012 outside Europe. This facelift includes a revised front and rear fascias, headlights and tail lights, side mirrors, as well as new wheel designs.


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Volkswagen Eos Convertible Top Up and Down Convertible Top Up and Down
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
September 20, 2009
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2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
23 May 2006Eos: Volkswagen's New ConvertibleJennifer Dylan
3 October 2008Ultimate Roof ControllerMartin Reister
19 December 2008Driving A Volkswagen EOS: What Could Be Better?Martin Reister
19 December 2008Giving You More Control Of Your EOS Retractable HardtopMartin Reister
30 October 2012Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.Federal Register: NHTSA (Christopher J. Bonanti)


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
5 March 2008Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Side Impact Protection
2008 Volkswagen Eos Turbo Convertible
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 13.9MB - 187 pages
30 July 2015Part 573 Safety Recall Report: 15V-483
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

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- 29KB - 4 pages
4 August 2015NHTSA Recall 15V483000 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, 2010-2013 Volkswagen Eos, 2011-2014 Volkswagen Golf, 2011-2014 Volkswagen GTI, 2010-2013 Volkswagen Jetta, 2010-2014 Volkswagen Passat, 2010-2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
AIR BAGS: Air Bag Clock Spring
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
5 August 2015Part 573 Safety Recall Report: 15V-483
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

PDF
- 113KB - 4 pages
12 August 2015Air Bag Clock Spring may Fail
To: Chris Sandvig, Volkswagen Group of America
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 113KB - 2 pages
13 August 2015Upcoming Safety Recall – Steering Wheel Clock Spring, Certain 2010-2014 MY Volkswagen Vehicles
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

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- 50KB - 7 pages


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