German Car Depot
2130 Fillmore St.
Hollywood, FL. 33020
Mon - Sat
8:00 - 5:30
Your dealer alternative for expert service and repair of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles.
German Car Depot is a Bosch Authorized Automotive Service Center
We employ technicians certified by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence
Committed to the most environmentally friendly automotive service and repairs for your VW or Audi vehicle.
A brief history of the VW Cabriolet, Cabrio & Eos.
The Volkswagen Cabriolet was first introduced in 1979 as the Rabbit Convertible. Based on the A1 / MK1 platform, this is the best selling VW convertible of all time. The Cabriolet featured a "basket handle" roll bar, this design serves two purposes; to add strength and rigidity to the frame and to provide protection during roll over.
Several Special Editions Cabriolets were introduced over the years that involved different combinations of paint and top colors, top materials, leather or special pattern seat materials, special wheel types, badges and upgraded equipment packages. These Special Editions models carried the names Wolfsburg, Boutique, Best Seller, Collector and Etienne Aigner.
The 1988-1989 versions are considered to be the pinnacle of VW Cabriolet design. In 1988 VW added hydraulic lifters but retained the simpler mechanical CIS fuel-injection system. The Cabriolet Euro body kit was added with an updated 4-headlight grill, front and rear bumpers, fender flares and rocker skirts. In 1989, power windows became standard. In 1990 Digifant fuel-injection and ODB1 were introduced. Also driver side airbags became standard and a power top became an option.
When the new A3 / MK3 Golf convertible was introduced in 1993, the remaining A1 Cabriolets in stock were renamed the Cabriolet Classic. The last A1 Cabriolet was produced on April 23, 1993.
In 1993 Volkswagen introduced the their newest convertible called the Cabrio. Originally based on the A3 Golf platform, VW reclassified the VW Cabrio chassis as A4 / MK4 in 1999 and the new A4 style was applied to the interior and exterior. All bolt-on bodywork such as fenders, bumpers, hood, headlights, oval side blinkers, steering wheel, shift knob and seats were updated. The license plate recess was moved to the rear bumper and a small handle was added to the trunk center to open. The black textured dashboard was introduced and power convertible tops became an option. In 2000 rear disk brakes were introduced.
The engine choice for the A3 / A4 was the 2.0L 115 hp cross flow 8 valve with Motronic sequential multi-port fuel injection and OBD1 (1993-1996) and OBD2 (1996 and up).
The trim levels offered for the VW Cabrio are GL, GLS and GLX. Some special editions include Highline, Wolfsburg Edition and Karmann Edition.
The last A4 VW Cabrio was produced on December 4, 2001.
Volkswagen’s Eos was introduced in 2006 as the successor to the VW Cabrio. The name was derived from Eos, the Greek goddess of dawn and wind, following Volkswagen's long tradition of naming their cars with a wind theme.
The Eos is Volkswagens first four-seater retractable hardtop coupe convertible. The roof folds automatically into the trunk in 25 seconds. An amazing feature of the five-piece folding roof is an integrated and independently sliding glass sunroof — making the Eos the only retractable hardtop of this kind.
Unlike the Cabrio, which was a convertible version of the Golf hatchback, the Eos is a standalone model with all-new body panels, although it shares the platform and components from the Passat MK6 (2005-present). The wheelbase matches the Golf Mk5 and Jetta.
There are 2 engine choices available: Turbocharged 2.0 liter with 197hp and a 3.2 liter V6 with 247hp. The available transmissions are a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic DSC Tiptronic transmission.
Starting in 2008 the Eos will also offer 2 different trim packages, the Komfort and the Lux package.
Serving customers in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties and from the nearby cities of
Miami, Fort Lauderdale, South Beach, Key West, Parkland, Wilton Manors and Boca Raton.