Volkswagen Cabriolet
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Volkswagen
Model: Cabriolet
Volkswagen Cabriolet

The convertible version of the famed Golf was named the Golf Cabriolet. This model was sold from 1980 to 1993. It had a reinforced body, transverse roll bar and a high level of trim. The first version Cabriolet is a unibody construction model that was built entirely at the factory of Karmann. Volkswagen did supply the engine, the suspension, the interior and other miscellaneous parts for Karmann to install. Further, the vinyl or cloth tops were insulated and could be manually or automatically operated. There was also a very needed heated glass rear window. The Volkswagen Golf, from which the Cabriolet was born, is a compact car manufactured by Volkswagen. The front-wheel drive Golf was the company's first successful supplant for the air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle. Most models of the Golf have been in the 3-door hatchback style, however, 5-door hatchbacks, station wagons and convertibles have also been manufactured in numbers. As of 2006, Volkswagen of South Africa still produces two versions of the Golf; the five-door Citi Golf and the Volkswagen Caddy pickup. In September of 2006, Volkswagen announced a special edition model to celebrate the continued success of the Citi Golf in South Africa. The limited edition Citi R was powered by a 90KW 1.8L fuel injected engine with a five-speed manual transmission as well as a GTI trademark red outlined front grill. The third-generation Volkswagen Golf, which was known internally as Type 1H, was launched in November of 1991. It did not however appear in North America until the spring of 1993. It seems that the delay in North America was due to Volkswagen's decision to supply the United States and Canadian dealerships with the Golfs from the VW plant in Puebla, Mexico. This was further aggravated by the fact that quality control problems forced Volkswagen of America to reject the Golfs and the Jettas being manufactured in Mexico. This was then followed by labor unrest at the plant, which delayed production even further.

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