Volkswagen Eos to go off sale
With the launch of the Beetle Cabriolet, Volkswagen will have three four-seater convertibles in its range, so the Eos will not continue beyond the current model.
'The Eos will not be prolonged, and then you have two [convertibles in the range, the Beetle Cabriolet and the Golf Convertible],' said Bichoff. 'From my point of view on compact four seater convertibles, that is enough.'
He added that the choice was made for VW by a change in buyers' tastes, saying: 'The trend for hard-tops seems to be disappearing again. I don't mind, I like canvas tops.'
However, he added that the Volkswagen Bluesport concept car that was shown at the 2009 Detroit motor show is unlikely to make it to production as a third convertible.
'The two-seater mid-engined sports car is still a boy's dream.
'The problem is that you need to promote yourself to more than one generation and it is not feasible financially and you won't get anyone to implement such a project when the markets are falling so dramatically in Europe,' he said.
By Tom Webster