18 January 2010
The European car stylists can be a funny mob at times. For years
they laughed at the Australian drivers’ concept of having white
cars, saying that white was the colour of commercial vehicles and
gave cars a downmarket appearance.
Then about three years ago, possibly after spending some time in
our land downunder, the Euro stylists decreed that white was the
new black and it suddenly became the height of fashion over there.
To its credit Volkswagen was one of the early adopters of the new
white; and has now taken the theme further into the fashion stakes
by introducing a special edition Eos convertible called the White
Night. (Perhaps, someone should have suggested using Knight
instead of Night, but that's another story.)
The Volkswagen stylists have embraced their white theme with
plenty of enthusiasm, going all the way by contrasting the
brilliant Candy White paint against Deep Black on the roof,
radiator grille and door mirrors. There are black ‘White
Night’ badges on the door-sill panels to let others know yours
isn't just any old Eos.
They backed off a little with the colours of the 18-inch
‘Budapest’ alloy wheels, going for a silver-and-black look
rather than trying for the full white-and-black treatment. Which
probably makes sense as over-cute wheel colouring can look tacky.
The larger wheels are further enhanced by the use of lowered
sports suspension in this special Eos.
Inside, the seats are trimmed in a black nappa leather, the door,
side trim and black steering wheel have light coloured seams to
add to the effect. The interior trim stripes, including those
around the audio front-end unit, are painted in the same Candy
White as the body.
The Volkswagen Eos convertible features an interesting roof that
can either be used as a conventional sunroof that can be opened
and closed at any speed. It can also become a fully open car when
the hardtop is powered down into boot.
The VW Eos White Night is priced at $53,990 with the 103 kilowatt
turbo-diesel, and $55,990 when the hot 147 kW turbo-petrol engine
is installed. These prices are $3500 over those of the standard
cars. Note that dealer and government charges have to be added.
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