Potential Eos replacement is due to grow and drop hardtop in favor of soft

The Golf-based Eos four-seat convertible may not be built for the next model year, being instead replaced by a larger four-seater. The resulting, yet-to-be-named car will be full-sized and likely use a conventional soft top rather than the metal one utilized in the Eos.

These tidbits were revealed at the launch of the 2014 VW Beetle Convertible by VW's head of design Klaus Bischoff. Speaking to AutoCar, Bischoff said his team is working on 100 design studies for such a vehicle.

"Retractable hardtops are disappearing from the market now, and to be honest that's not something I mind," Bischoff said. He went on to say room for a larger convertible exists in VW's lineup, but admitted there is an issue with where to produce it, since all of the carmaker's current factories are running at full capacity.

Discontinuing the Eos makes sense, as sales are down 17.8 percent during the first 10 months of 2012 compared to the same period last year, at 5,529 sales. What's more, there is some overlap with the Beetle, as both are four-seaters and similarly sized, with only styling and the hardtop distinguishing them.