When the Volkswagen Eos debuted for the 2007 model year, it served as a replacement for the extinct fabric-roof Cabrio, which had faded away five years earlier. Unlike the Cabrio and the New Beetle convertible, the Eos had a folding hardtop. Freshening came in 2012, when the Eos gained a standard Direct Shift Gearbox and an updated interior. Sales never really took off, and it looked as if 2015 would be the Eos' final season. In fact, despite a Final Edition for 2015, its anticipated demise did not arrive. Instead, the Eos remains in the lineup for yet another season, slimmed down to a single trim level.