Produced by Volkswagen from 2006 to 2015, the Volkswagen Eos was a sport compact cabriolet coupe. The name Eos was derived from Eos, the Greek goddess of the dawn. It was the only convertible compact coupe intended to replace the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. The Eos was Volkswagen's first production coupe since the Volkswagen Corrado, which had been discontinued eleven years prior. That being said, making sure you have a Volkswagen Eos workshop manual before attempting a repair, may prevent you from having a messy situation on your hands.
The Concept C was the concept vehicle of the Eos; it was debuted at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. The production Eos was unveiled in 2005, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was later introduced to North America, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006.
Unlike the Cabrio, the Eos was a standalone model with all new body panels, although it shared components from the Volkswagen Golf (Mk5) and the same platform. The Eos incorporates into its five-piece folding roof an integrated and independently sliding glass sunroof — making the Eos the only retractable hardtop of this kind. The roof folds automatically into the trunk, thereby reducing trunk space from 10.5 to 6.6 cubic feet.
The roof was designed and built by OASys. The design of the roof system was complicated. It featured its own hydraulic control system. With its numerous rubber seals, periodic maintenance was mandatory to keep the seals conditioned to prevent leakage. Some of the early models were outfitted with a different seal design that was prone to leaking; however, these were updated sometime between 2009 and 2010.
With the steadily declined in sales, VW opted not to upgrade the model's platform, as the process would be too costly. In 2014, VW announced that the Eos would be discontinued with the close of the 2015 model year. VW produced one final trim to bid farewell the EOS ─ the Final Edition.
The 2015 Final Edition was a mid-trim range in the United States; it replaced the Sport trim. The Final Edition came with exclusive two-tone black/beige leather upholstery, and a backup camera with park distance control added. It was available in three primary colors: black, white, and brown.
Near the end of 2015, VW made a surprise announcement saying that there would be a very limited run of the Eos in 2016; however, it was only offered in the basic Komfort trim. Since 2014, the Komfort trim had developed to include a relatively rich complement of standard features to include in-dash navigation. However, making sure you have a Volkswagen Eos service manual may prove useful if you ever find yourself working on one.