FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Volkswagen AG has delayed the launch of its Eos coupe-convertible model again, to July 2006, a company spokesman said on Saturday.
Automobilwoche, in a preview of its Monday, Nov. 21 edition, said production problems in Portugal were a reason for the delay. Automobilwoche the the German-language sister publication of Automotive News.
Dealers have now been given the first weekend in July as the target date for the Eos market launch in Europe, the spokesman said, citing a range of problems. "The roof is one issue," he said.
A coupe-convertible is a model with a coupe silhouette that sports a retractable hardtop, allowing it to change to a convertible. Fewer and fewer convertibles entering the market these days come with a traditional soft material top. Volkswagen said on Tuesday, Nov. 15, that the launch would be delayed until May 2006. It was originally planned for March.
Industry sources estimate VW will build 50,000 Eos cars per year.