Volkswagen will show off its production version of the new Golf cabriolet (convertible) at the 2011 Geneva Auto show, which starts this week. The convertible went out of production when VW introduced a convertible model of the New Beetle and the Eos hardtop convertible, according to Car and Driver.
The cabriolet’s top can be lowered in 9.5 seconds, which is faster than many convertibles, reports Autoblog. The automaker will offer six gas-powered and turbodiesel engine options with the car, giving it a fuel option that is not offered on any of its U.S. convertible models.
Unfortunately, VW so far isn’t planning on bringing the Golf Cabriolet to the U.S., according to Road and Track. Inside Line suspects that there may be a sizeable American market for the Golf Cabriolet, but Volkswagen may be hard-pressed to fit three convertibles in its U.S. lineup.
If you’re considering buying a new convertible, you may want to wait for more details about VW’s plan for the Golf Cabriolet. The auto press is generally impressed with the Golf sedan, and if the Cabriolet brings one of its turbodiesel engines to the States, it will be one of the only convertibles available with an alternative fueling option. Also, keep an eye out for news on the Golf Cabriolet coming from the Geneva Auto Show, since automakers tend to make big announcements at car shows. If Volkswagen wants to bring the Golf Cabriolet to the U.S., they’ll be likely to discuss their plans more fully in their press conference at Geneva.
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