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2012 VW Golf CabrioletIf you didn't own one, you know someone who did. Now its back.
-Look! If you didn't have one of these yourself, you know, somebody who did, the VW Rabbit/Golf Cabriolet. This thing sold like mad from 79 to 2002. Then, it get bump off the stage by its 2 drop-top siblings, the new Beetle Convertible and the Eos drop-top. But now, it's back although not yet for the U.S. This guy is gonna offer a choice of 6 power plants in Europe. One of them is a 1.6-liter turbo diesel that delivers 53 miles per galloon and no hybridicity involved. The top is interesting. It's a ragtop in a true sense, not a retractible. That keeps the price down. But as you can see, when it's down, it almost violates the definition of a Cabriolet which normally in for as a convertible that leaves its top apparatus kind of untidily piled back here, but this is almost flushed with the belt line. Another big question, when this is down, what happens to the trunk? We've seen some cars lately at CNET Car Tech that are a joke when the top is down. Let's find out. Tilt the logo handle, not bad. Look at that. It's almost like magic and then, yes, there is a lowered ceiling on the trunk all of the time and that makes room for the top to go down and not change your volume back here which is kinda good. I'd rather have a little less room all the time than nasty surprises when the top is down some of the time. Now, yeah, this car is not slotted for U.S. distribution just yet. I'm not gonna quote prices in Europe 'cause it doesn't equate that way on a simple currency conversion. But we'll see if they can bring this to the U.S. already and send the Eos back.