2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition Means the End of the Road

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Remember when Volkswagen introduced the 2010 New Beetle Final Edition? It signaled the passing of a car that spent an eternal 13 model years going from spring chicken to throwback turkey. Well, the Final Edition is back, and it heralds the swan-song year for the Eos hardtop convertible, which arrived at U.S. dealerships eight years ago this month.

Related: 2014 Volkswagen Eos Cars.com Review

But while the Beetle got new life a few years later that is not in the cards for the Eos.

Put a fork in it; the Eos is done. And cue the long sigh and slow nod, because we told you so. (We know, we were a year late. Let us have our moment.)

By Kelsey Mays | August 27, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Volkswagen Eos Cars.com Review

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Let's cut to the chase: The 2014 Volkswagen Eos is just too darned expensive. Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger said the hardtop convertible's looks are handsome but not sexy; its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is peppy but dragged down by an unrefined automated manual transmission; and the interior is nice but nothing special. All told, despite being fun and comfortable, the Eos just doesn't offer enough of, well, anything to justify paying as much as $42,560 (including destination) for the top trim when competing luxury brands can be had for less while offering more. Read Geiger's review below.

2014 Volkswagen Eos Review

By Matt Schmitz | December 23, 2013 | Comments (3)

Ten Cars That Won't See 2015

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Automakers give all sorts of reasons for canceling a model. Sometimes it comes from a deliberate one-and-done cycle, as Scion often employs. Other times a car too similar to its corporate siblings — compare the ultra-luxury Maybach brand to an optioned-out Mercedes-Benz S-Class — and allowed to age without a redesign can spell doom. And some cars just plain stink: Four of our 10 Worst Cars of the 2000s sputtered out with no direct replacement.

Whatever the cause, cancellations often coincide with lackluster sales. Consider former Volvo spokesman James Hope, whose eulogy for the now-defunct S40 and V50 was short and sweet. "The S40 and V50 are great cars," Hope said. "Our focus, however, needs to be on our [sales] volume vehicles."

More than a dozen models were discontinued in 2013. We polled our editors to see which cars we think will meet their end next year.

By Kelsey Mays | December 18, 2013 | Comments (42)

Muscle Cars Top Most Stolen Sporty-Car List

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A trio of nameplates synonymous with American muscle — the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger — are also the strongest candidates to be swiped by auto thieves. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's new list of most stolen "sporty" vehicles, the iconic Detroit coupes raced to the front of the pack. The report is based on theft records from the National Crime Information Center and covers model-year 2010, 2011 and 2012 vehicles stolen between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012.

The report breaks the cars into three classes: midsize, premium and compact. Sporty-vehicle thefts during the counting period numbered 3,780, with the midsize class dominating that total with 3,271, or 87 percent. Within the midsize class, the Camaro led with 1,509 thefts, followed by the Mustang (980) and the Challenger (782). Rounding out the top five was a mix of premium and compact models, including the Porsche Panamera, a premium car with 103 thefts; Audi A5/S5 (compact, 101); Chevrolet Corvette (premium, 69); Nissan 370Z (compact, 47); BMW 6 Series (premium, 45); Porsche 911 (premium, 24); and Volkswagen Eos (compact, 23).

By Matt Schmitz | October 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

What-If Game Narrows Car No. 2 Choices Quickly

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My husband Rich's car is in need of serious repair, and the hard truth is we need to be thinking about a new (or new-to-us) car. This conversation should be entertaining to have because a second car gets to be the fun car, right?

We already have my family-hauler, and our kids are almost out of their child-safety seats. That means we have more flexibility when it comes to choosing a second car.

Our irrational selves see no reason why we can't find something to meet Rich's requirements of a car with two doors, rear-wheel drive, a loud engine and no roof. I'm on board instantly! What if we did a BMW Z4 or a Mazda MX-5 Miata? How great would either of those contenders be for date nights, commuting or even during the day when the kids are at school?

By Sara Lacey | October 11, 2012 | Comments (2)

2012 Volkswagen Eos: Car Seat Check

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This Car Seat Check was originally published in August 2011 on MotherProof.com.

Volkswagen is ready for summer with its updated 2012 Eos. The hardtop convertible has sharper styling and a turbocharged four-cylinder for the 2012 model year. What it doesn't have is a sizable backseat. This convertible seats four, but we found fitting child-safety seats in the second row to be a challenge.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | November 1, 2011 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Podcast: 2012 Chevy Sonic, 2012 Volkswagen Eos, 2012 Fiat 500C

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Small is big these days, and Chevy’s new Sonic is a big deal for the automaker. It replaces the poorly reviewed Aveo and so far has been impressive. Editors Joe Wiesenfelder, Joe Bruzek and Bill Jackson discuss how far Chevy’s smallest car has come, along with two convertibles from Volkswagen and Fiat.

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By David Thomas | October 19, 2011 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Volkswagen Eos

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After five model years, the Volkswagen Eos gets a slight refresh for 2012. The convertible looks more masculine, but aside from that, the small footprint and nifty retractable hardtop stick around. But you get what you pay for, and the Eos’ neat roof and plush interior make for an expensive VW, according to Cars.com editor Bill Jackson. Is it worth it?

2012 Volkswagen Eos Review

By Colin Bird | August 22, 2011 | Comments (4)

It's Time To Buy 2011s, But Incentives Are Hard To Find

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Around this time every year, dealers are hard at work trying to sell the remaining cars on their lots as new-model-year vehicles start to roll in. This year is no different, and while some 2012s haven’t arrived yet, it’s still the best time to buy a 2011 … as long as you know what to look for. That’s where we come in.

We diligently report on even the slightest changes between model years as soon as possible. Sometimes this means a car will look the same but get an all-new engine and transmission like the upcoming 2012 Mazda3 sedan that’s expected to get 40 mpg highway. Other times, nothing significant has changed between model years, and then there are the all-new cars that have been redesigned from the ground up.

You’ll find the best deals in that second group of vehicles that go from 2011 to 2012 without much change. It’s been a challenge this year to find bargains because manufacturers are making more significant model-year changes and incentives for these older models just aren’t that alluring.

Here are some of the best deals we could find:

By David Thomas | August 16, 2011 | Comments (1)

Volkswagen Offers March Lease Deals

2011 TouaregLike Honda, Volkswagen doesn’t typically offer big cash-back incentives to move cars off dealer lots; it instead relies on special lease rates. For March, the German automaker is offering attractive leasing and financing incentives on most of its lineup with its “Going, Going, Gone Event.”

Financing incentives include zero-percent financing for 72 months on vehicles like 2010 New Beetle and 2011 Routan minivan.

Newer vehicles like the redesigned 2011 Touareg (including hybrid and TDI diesel variants) also get attractive financing rates.

If you’re looking to get a deal on the fast-selling 2011 Jetta, the automaker is offering a $179 a month lease, though we’ve seen better rates from competitors like the Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla.

If you’re looking for a used Volkswagen, the company is also offering 1.99% APR financing on its entire certified pre-owned inventory for 48 months or 2.99% financing for 60 months.

The deals below are VW’s national deals. There are some regional and dealership incentives that might be more advantageous for people who are looking to finance or pay with cash rather than lease.

Most of the deals highlighted below expire at the end of March.

By Colin Bird | March 9, 2011 | Comments (5)

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