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Volkswagen has named its latest creation after Eos, the Greek goddess believed to have risen from the sea to bring light to the earth.
The stunning Eos made its debut at the 2005 Frankfurt motor show and has now arrived in South Africa.
Eos is VW's answer to the Peugeot 307 CC and the Renault Megane CC.
The market for the CC - cabriolet coupe - is fast growing in South Africa. In fighting for a stake in that segment, General Motors South Africa this week launched the new Opel TwinTop.
The stylish Eos comes in three engine derivatives.
The 2,0 FSI producing 110kW, the middle- of-the-range 2,0TFSI producing 147kW and the top-of-the-range 2,0FSI DSG.
The Eos is sure to steal many hearts. It has the right badge, the right number of seats and the charm to make your heart melt.
From the outside, the Eos is unmistakably VW, but has a distinctively smooth front finish.
Its innovative and unique CSC (convertible sliding coupe) roof concept brings unrivalled flexibility, allowing the driver to choose exactly the type of motoring experience desired.
The Eos transforms into a cabriolet in 25 seconds.
As a four-seater, the Eos offers great practicality, meaning it is more than a mere status symbol.
It is equipped with a roll-bar system, which activates after a maximum of 0,25 seconds. The roll-bar system corresponds in its construction and function to the system used in the new Beetle convertible.
This car's handling is amazingly good, thanks to the Golf's McPherson-strut system front axle and the Passat's four-link suspension rear axle.
This chassis proved to be the finest when we threw the Eos around the corners of the Franschoek pass near Cape Town last week.
This VW creation is comfortable in every aspect: seats, steering position and leg room.
But not being able to put a laptop bag in the boot with the top down was a small but irritating handicap.
But the boot takes 205litres of luggage when it is a convertible, and 380litres as a coupe.
Standard features include ABS with EBD and ESP with brake assist.
The Eos comes with front sports seats and leather trim. Seat heating and driver's and passenger's height adjustable seats are standard.
The car also features electronic windows, heated and foldable electronic mirrors, an automatically dimming rear view mirror, rain sensor, cruise control, front and rear armrests and "Microtech Charcoal" decorative dash inserts. Also standard are front, side and head air bags.
l The 2,0 FSI 110kW manual R323 000;
l The 2,0 TFSI 147kW manual Sportline R365 000;
l The 2,0FSI 147kW DSG Sportline R378500.