Volkswagen Cabrio Parts and Volkswagen Cabrio Accessories
Fascinating Facts about the Volkswagen Cabrio
- The Volkswagen Cabrio was introduced in 1995 by Volkswagen as a sporty alternative to the Volkswagen Golf, part of their small family car segment or C-segment in Europe. Production ended seven years later.
- The Volkswagen Cabrio is the successor of the Volkswagen Cabriolet. They both have the same distinctive styling that sets them apart from their derived models: Jetta and Golf for the Cabrio and the Rabbit for the Cabriolet.
- The word Cabrio and Cabriolet in the Volkswagen Cabrio is a French word that pertains to the light horse drawn vehicle popular during the era, when automobiles were still weren't invented. The design was developed in France during the 18th century and was prevalent all throughout Europe. It was famous for being the carriage of choice for vehicles for hire back in the day. The modern-day word cab is the shortened version of this word, and its meaning inspired the taxi cab.
- Nowadays, cabriolet trims, such as the Volkswagen Cabrio, are referred to as convertibles. But the main differences between the two words are the place where they are usually used and their design. Most convertibles are designed to be more of a hard top. The cabriolet, on the other hand, comes in more as the soft top type. The term convertible is widely used in North America. Meanwhile, cabriolet is much more frequently used in Europe.
- The Volkswagen is the only sole manufacturer of the Volkswagen Cabrio. Before that, its predecessor, the Cabriolet, is built entirely at the Karmann factory, from stamping to final assembly. Volkswagen only supplied the engine, suspension, interior, etc. for Karmann to install. The Karmann badges exist on all Cabriolets that existed to pay tribute to the company that built the cars.
- The Volkswagen Cabrio came in on the third generation platform used by the Volkswagen Golf, and was named Mk 3.5. However, in its five years of existence, it was never upgraded to the fourth generation platform Mk 4. Instead, what Volkswagen did was they incorporated the styling of the Mk 4 onto the Volkswagen Cabrio in 1999, when the Mk 4 platform came out. It was the last design seen with the Cabrio until it got discontinued in 2003.
- When the Cabrio saw its run end in five short years, Volkswagen decided to create a new model of cabriolets and dubbed it the Eos, the Cabrio's successor. However, it also didn't last long. In 2011, Volkswagen introduced the Mk 6 Volkswagen Golf with a convertible trim once again named Golf Cabriolet available the following year.