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First Official Look: 2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible

New Bavarian flagship rolls back its top.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.01, 2018

BMW's got a replacement for the 6-Series convertible with the new 850i for 2019.

We’ve been seeing some leaked images in recent days, but now we can offer you an official first look at BMW’s new flagship convertible.

There were more than a few folks disappointed to learn that the 6-Series Cabriolet was going away. But if you have the budget, it’s going to be difficult to complain about the new 850i ragtop. Oh, and yes, it skips the hardtop approach taken by some premium convertibles in favor of a more traditional cloth top.

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Set to make its official debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the sleek new cabrio has a lot in common, as you’d likely expect, with the coupe version of the 8-Series that made its formal debut early in October at the Paris Motor Show. (more…)

Popularity of Convertibles in US Coming from Odd Places

Droptops comprise 11.2% of available models.

by Michael Strong on Aug.08, 2017

According to, the Camaro convertible is the most popular droptop in the U.S. this year.

Car buyers looking to engage in a little sun worshipping as the they drive have plenty of options these days. In fact, there 30 vehicles to choose from despite the fact droptops comprise just a little more than 10% of all vehicles sold.

Convertible sales have been on the rise in recent years, as have the number of options for getting a ragtop. Perhaps the biggest driverin the sales increase is the improvement in materials and technology, have made these vehicles increasing popular in new places.

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“There are 30 models categorized as convertibles that are currently available, which is 11.2% of all new vehicles on the market, yet convertibles only capture 0.8 percent of sales at dealerships,” said David Greene, a data analyst with (more…)

Zagato Volante Just a First Step for Aston Martin

British marque planning ambitious mix of sports cars, crossovers, EVs and more.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Aug.23, 2016

The $745,000 Aston Martin Zagato Volante will be one of a steady stream of specialty models.

It didn’t take long for Aston Martin to sell out the limited edited Vanquish coupe it revealed earlier this year, and despite – or perhaps because of – its $745,000 price tag, the British maker is hoping for a similar response to the Vanquish Zagato Volante that made its debut over the weekend.

The 592-horsepower convertible is the latest in a string of new models and variants from the long-struggling British maker best known for its long, supporting role in the 007 film series. Flush with new cash, its new management team has outlined an aggressive strategy that calls for a major expansion of the Aston Martin product portfolio which, by decade’s end, will include an all-new mix of sports cars, limited-edition exotics, and even a crossover and a battery-electric vehicle.

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“The plan is to replace all our existing cars moving onto a line-up that is all-new,” said Simon Sproule, Aston Martin’s chief marketing officer.


First Drive: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

New roadster separates self from Mazda sibling.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jun.14, 2016

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is expected to be an attention getter in the U.S. for the struggling brand.

In the age of the driverless car, two-seat roadsters and convertibles are an endangered species.

But Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is betting there is still enough open space out on the American road for a soft-topped, rear-wheel-drive roadster to find enough cover and to draw enough sustenance to survive in a world that increasingly lives off data points and networks.

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The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider – no fancy spelling please – is quick, nimble and stylish. It is also the epitome of what buffs mean when they talk about cars that are “fun to drive.” (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Debuting C-Class Cabriolet in Geneva

Maker looking to expand drop-top line-up.

by Michael Strong on Feb.15, 2016

Mercedes-Benz teased its anticipated C-Class cabriolet, which will debut in Geneva, will hit showrooms this fall.

With March comes thoughts of warmer spring days and nice drives with the roof down and Mercedes-Benz will be playing on those desires with its new C-Class Cabriolet.

The new four-seater droptop is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. In fact, the German maker’s looking to make a splash with a series of convertibles at the Swiss show.

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The already shown SL and SLC roadsters that made their premier in Los Angeles and Detroit auto shows will be there as well as the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet. The SLC is taking the place of the SLK and gets a significant facelift for 2017. (more…)

Mini Revs Up Ragtop with JCW Edition

Announces base price of $25,950 for Mini Cooper Convertible.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Jan.15, 2016

Mini bills its new John Cooper Works convertible as its fastest, most-powerful convertible ever.

Mini was noticeably absent at this year’s North American International Auto Show, but that doesn’t mean the British brand doesn’t have some news to make.

Following up on the recent reveal of its next-generation convertible, it’s rolling out what it bills as “the fastest, most powerful convertible it has ever built,” the new Mini John Cooper Works Convertible.

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“The new Convertible has all of the legendary driving performance you expect in a Mini yet with interior materials and finishes which set a new benchmark for the segment,” boasts Patrick McKenna, department head, Product Planning, Mini USA. (more…)

Lamborghini Unleashes New Huracan LP610-4 Spyder

Folding soft top can be operated at up to 17 mph.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Sep.16, 2015

The new Lamborghini Huracan convertible features a soft top, but no appreciable drop in performance.

This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show is a bit of nirvana for those who enjoy driving al fresco. There are new ragtops covering pretty much the entire spectrum, from the little Smart ForTwo Cabriolet up to open-air supercars from both Ferrari and Lamborghini.

The Lambo entry is a Spyder version of the Huracan LP610-4 set to go on sale next spring, replacing the old Gallardo Spyder. The good news is that it will be stiffer, offer more power and a lot more downforce.

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There’ll likely be plenty of comparisons to come between the new Ferrari 488 Spider and the Lamborghini LP610-4 Spyder, though for now it’s all on paper, the two new models still months away from production. (more…)

Top Drops on Global Convertible Sales

Analyst predicts sales for convertibles on downswing

by Michael Strong on Sep.09, 2015

The 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible gives drop-top mavens reason to be excited, but overall, convertible sales are on the decline.

With the introduction of the new Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro in recent months, convertible aficionados have had reason to celebrate, but the new arrivals aren’t likely to spark a resurgence in drop top sales.

Sales of convertibles in the U.S. are off aboutm50% from their peak of more than 344,000 units in 2006, according to IHS Automotive, and aren’t likely to return to that level. Despite blistering auto sales last year, makers moved just over 164,000 ragtops.

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“While consumers have returned to the automotive market,” said Tim Urquhart, principal analyst, IHS Automotive, “the gain has been in more practical segments, and purchases of convertibles and roadsters have lagged the general automotive resurgence.” (more…)

Mercedes Planning Convertible S-Class

German maker reveals rendering of new Cabriolet.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Aug.15, 2015

Mercedes claims the S-Class Cabriolet would be the first ragtop in its segment since 1971.

Mercedes-Benz will be introducing an all-new convertible version of its big S-Class model, the maker has revealed.

Details are few – to the point of almost non-existent. Along with this rendering of what the S-Class Cabriolet will look like, the German maker claims it will be “the first luxury four-seater cabriolet since 1971,” an apparent reference to a full-size convertible.

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Precise details, including when and where the new ragtop will make its debut haven’t been revealed, but the timing of the announcement would strongly suggest that Mercedes will give the S-Class Cabriolet its first showing at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. (more…)

Mazda’s new Miata MX-5 Hits New York Stage

Lighter, more nimble new ragtop road ready.

by Michael Strong on Apr.01, 2015

Mazda enters its 26th year with the Miata MX-5 with a new trim level: the Club, featuring bigger wheels and other performance features.

Mazda certainly isn’t resting on the Miata’s well-worn laurels with the newest iteration of the convertible, which incorporates a slew of updates and improvements to make it the best version yet.

The maker made the 2016 model lighter and smaller as well as more nimble than the last model. It cut 150 pounds from the car’s curb weight, which is paired with a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that can be mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

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“MX-5 is the heart and soul of Mazda, serving as a beacon for the rest of our lineup with its fun-to-drive dynamics, design and technologies,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. (more…)