Volkswagen U.K. is phasing out the Golf Cabriolet from its lineup, even though the model was updated a little over a year ago.
We had to bid adieu to the Eos and its metal roof in 2015, and now time has come to say goodbye to the soft-top Golf Cabriolet, at least from the U.K. market. The shrinking demand for convertibles is taking its toll on the compact model, one that’s actually based on the previous-generation Golf, even though a facelifted seventh-gen model is right around the corner.
While the current Golf hatchback is one of the most popular new cars in U.K., the Mk6-based Convertible built in Osnabrück, Germany is at the other end of the spectrum, with just 1,621 units delivered by VW last year.
The VW Group is also implementing a series of cost-saving measures to raise money as it faces the Dieselgate, so it doesn’t come as a big surprise the Golf Cabriolet is slowly being retired since it’s a slow-selling product and it doesn’t make a lot of financial sense to keep it alive.
For the very same reasons, it is unlikely VW is working on replacements for the Eos and Golf Cabriolet, as the smart thing to do right now is to focus on volume models that bring in the money. There is another reason why the open-top Golf has received the axe in U.K.: to bump production of the Tiguan compact crossover at the Wolfsburg plant in Germany, according to a company spokesman cited by Autocar.
It remains to be seen whether the Beetle Cabriolet will also be discontinued in the years to come since it's another slow-selling product. It might actually happen taking into account there was a rumor earlier this year suggesting demise of the entire Beetle lineup by the end of 2018.
Meanwhile, the next change in the Golf’s lineup will take place in November when the mid-cycle refresh will reportedly come out and it will bring along an updated e-Golf with a range of 186 miles (300 kilometers) in the very optimistic New European Driving Cycle.
Source: Volkswagen via Autocar.co.uk