2012 Volkswagen Eos
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2012 Volkswagen Eos

Los Angeles, California – Volkswagen unveiled a restyled 2012 Eos hardtop convertible at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.  It’s expected to go on sale in the Spring of 2011. 

The 2012 Eos continues to be the only hardtop convertible with a built-in sunroof, allowing an open-air experience when the convertible top is up.  Its five-part roof opens and closes in just 25 seconds with the touch of a button.  A wind deflector in the windshield header above the sun visors effectively reduces wind noise when the top is down.  As outside temperatures rise and fall, the Eos’ dual-mode automatic climate control system adjusts temperature based on the position of the convertible top, making the Eos more comfortable to drive with the top down in winter and summer.

New for 2010 is a Keyless Entry and Start System, which allows the owner to get in and start up their Eos without using their key.  As well, HD Radio reception has been added alongside SIRIUS satellite radio programming and MP3/WMA music file playback through the color touch-screen radio.

The 2012 Eos includes roll bars that are integrated into the seats that are sensor-deployed in the event of a roll-over. Standard fog lamps now feature integrated cornering lights to heighten safety on all models.

The refined interior, available in several colour options, showcases new trim on the instrument panel and doors with standard “Matte Chrome” detailing, as well as chrome-framed window buttons and light switches. On higher trim lines, genuine walnut wood adds elegance to the instrument and door panels, and is accompanied by supple “Vienna” leather seating.  All Eos are equipped with leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and shift knob.

The Eos utilizes the acclaimed 2.0-litre 16-valve DOHC turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder gasoline engine.  The direct injected power plant produces 200 horsepower and develops 207 lbs-ft. of torque.   For 2012, the Eos features the six-speed automatic Direct-Shift Gearbox transmission as standard equipment.  This technologically advanced six-speed transmission incorporates an automatic dual-clutch system that instantly engages and disengages gears without the need for a clutch pedal. With a special computer controlling the process, one clutch is engaged on the next gear needed while the clutch from the previous gear is released. The results are crisp, quick shifts without the loss of power that is experienced with a traditional manual gearbox.

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