Volkswagen’s Concept C, a four-seater convertible fitted with a metal folding roof, caused a stir at the Geneva Motor Show and the Wolfsburg-based company has now decided to put it into production.

Volkswagen’s Concept C, a four-seater convertible fitted with a metal folding roof, caused a stir at the Geneva Motor Show and the Wolfsburg-based company has now decided to put it into production.


With its five-stage, fold-away steel roof the four-seater can be transformed from a coupé to a cabriolet and back again in a couple of seconds. The roof also features an integrated glass sunroof.


At the time of its unveiling, the Concept C was said to provide cues of how the cabriolet on the next rung after the Beetle Cabriolet would ultimately look… And Volkswagen was been true to its word.


Positioned in the lower mid-class segment, the Concept C features an array of newly developed components. Being wider than any other cabriolet (1,81metres) in the A or B segment, and 1,43m high and 4,41m long, its dimensions ensure a spacious interior. Ample space is provided for both front and rear passengers in the leather- and wood-trimmed interior.


Complete with aluminium grille and round headlights, the concept C's design hints at the look of future Volkswagens. On this car, headlight and grille positions have also influenced the styling of the bonnet with the grille's V-contour being extended onto it and across the muscular shoulder section.


The concept C is powered by a 110kW FSI engine. The standard production version will be manufactured in the "Volkswagen Autoeuropa - Automóveis Lda” factory in Portugal.


The world launch of the convertible, which is positioned between the Golf and the Passat, is scheduled for the first quarter of 2006.