Convertibles

2009 Bentley Azure: T Stands for 50?
2009 Bentley Azure: T Stands for 50?

Bentley is upping the luxury stakes with a new "T" version of its Azure convertible, due for a debut at the Los Angeles auto show. The new 2009 Bentley Azure T, the VW-owned brand says, is "the world’s most elegant convertible and destined to become a future classic." Backing up that statement is...Read More»

2009 Saab 9-3 Convertible 2.0T
L.A. Show Preview: 2009 Saab 9-3 Convertible

Historians called it the Reagan Era, and we were all lulled to sleep by the threat of national prosperity and peace through strength. So confident and secure in its future was Saab that, 25 years ago, it cut the top from its mid-size sedan and offered it to the world as a convertible. That kind of...Read More»

2009 Audi TTS
Audi Releases TTS Coupe and Roadster, Squeezes More from 2.0T

Audi today released its "highest performing TT models ever," the TTS Coupe and TTS Roadster. The Coupe will retail starting at $45,500, and the Roadster starting at $47,500. These are the latest versions of the Audi TT, a modernist sports coupe that has shared technology and some platform bits and...Read More»

2010 Ford Fiesta
Consumer Reports Rates Ford and Japanese Brands Highest

We reported earlier today about Ford Motor Company's solid reliability ratings in Consumer Reports' 2008 Annual Car Reliability Survey. Says Consumer Reports, "on average, Ford continues to build the most reliable American cars." But the comprehensive test also revealed that reliability of European...Read More»

2010 MINI Cooper Convertible spy shots
Spy Shots: 2010 MINI Cooper Convertible

Yesterday, we showed you the first photos of the MINI E electric car coming to the Los Angeles auto show. Today, TheCarConnection.com's spies have nabbed the new MINI Cooper Convertible while testing. These photos show a Cooper S convertible in almost showroom trim, wearing only a small amount of...Read More»

Coach Builders Ltd. Challenger Convertible
Challenger Convertible to Bow at SEMA

GOTCHA. Or at least Florida-based Coach Builders Ltd., an aftermarket cabriolet converter firm, according to Carscoop, got us, prompting a feverish double-take at the evil green, uber-'70s bad boy with a dropped top and the HEMI 6.1-liter from the Challenger SRT8. Make that a Vortech-supercharged...Read More»

Tesla Roadster
Tesla in Trouble?

U.K.'s CAR reports that Tesla is rumored to be laying off 100 staff due to--you guessed it--the global financial mess. Kicking it while it's down, CEO Ze'ev Drori is rumored to be leaving as well. This follows Tesla's recent announcement of a proposed factory in San Jose, California. This marks a...Read More»

2009 BMW Z4 spy shots
Spy Shots: 2009 BMW Z4

TheCarConnection.com's spy photographers have snapped a prototype of the 2010 BMW Z4, covered in swirling psychedelic camouflage but clearly showing off its new folding convertible hardtop. There is still some camouflage on the details like front and rear lights, but overall it's fairly easy to see...Read More»

2009 Honda S2000
Honda to Resurrect S2000...As the S3000?

Auto enthusiasts the world over still lament the demise of the Honda (Acura) NSX. And legions of import tuners are still tweaking and lowering their second-gen CRXs, another Honda that was embraced by enthusiasts and promptly left a huge void when it departed in the early 1990s. Enter the rumored...Read More»

2009 Mazda MX-5
Mazda MX-5 Redux

The purveyor of zoom-zoom is taking notes from the founder of Lotus, Colin Chapman, who famously claimed that weight is the enemy of performance. Never a porky car, the MX-5Miata has nonetheless grown in size and weight as buyers and the industry have demanded more safety, more equipment, and...Read More»

2010 Lexus IS 250 C
2010 Lexus IS Convertible: Giving the SC the (Folding) Boot

When it arrives in U.S. showrooms in spring 2009, the new Lexus IS Convertible will do two things for the Toyota luxury brand: give it a reason to dump the slow-selling, bathtub-shaped SC convertible, and simultaneously give it a much less expensive hardtop convertible with which to fight the...Read More»

2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept
2008 Saab 9-X Air Concept Bows in Paris

Saab's showing more of the 9-X Air BioHybrid concept, a new concept revealed at the Paris auto show this morning. The new concept's Speedster-like "Canopy Top" gives a different spin on the notion of a Saab convertible, while the rear deck maintains a certain height to provide better crash...Read More»

2010 Ferrari California
2009 Ferrari California Flips Lid in Paris, Hardly Noticed

True, the Ferrari press conference has yet to take light--and yet with the unveiling last night of the fabulous Lamborghini Estoque concept, the fat-rumped California hardtop convertible from Italy's other supercar maker looked decidedly frumpy on the Paris show floor. And alone. Very alone. The...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster 722 S
Benz Bows with Uber-Fast SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S

Long the purveyor of iconic cars (such as the 300 SLR Gullwing) that only the sickeningly rich can afford to purchase and maintain, today Mercedes-Benz announces a new edition of the SLR McLaren Roadster, the 722 S. The big news is in the engine room, where 650 horsepower now moves the Roadster to...Read More»

2008 Honda Civic Hybrid
TheCarConnection.com's Six Best Cars for Great Fuel Economy

If you're like most of America, gas prices have made a huge impact on how you drive, how you live, and what you expect from your next new car. Prices are heading higher, gas is less available in some areas (here in metro Atlanta, it's hit or miss finding a fully supplied station, much less premium...Read More»

2008 Saab 9-3 4-door Wagon SportiCombi Angular Front Exterior View
Saab Spreads XWD Across 2009 9-3 Line

Putting a bunch of turbocharged torque through the front wheels alone can make for a car that likes to choose its own steering direction. Saab's been doing turbo front-drivers for decades, and the firm finally extends the AWD (pardon, XWD in Saab vernacular) option to all of the base 2.0T models in...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang Web site
2010 Ford Mustang: The Countdown Begins

We've told you about the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro--and this morning, gave you the brain dump on the 2009 Dodge Challenger with the six-speed manual gearbox you've been idling over. Now Ford's ready to whet your appetite for the 2010 Mustang in all its musclecar glory. A new Web site, parked over at...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang GT500 spy shots
Spy Shots: 2010 Ford Mustang

The next-generation Mustang prototypes have begun running around without the heavy vinyl camouflage seen on prior versions. The latest 2010 Ford Mustang prototypes are disguised only with a graphic tape, providing a very clean view of Ford's revamped pony car. In this case, TheCarConnection.com's...Read More»

2009 Mazda MX-5
2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Facelift Time

The first shots of the mildly updated 2009 Mazda MX-5 have leaked on to the Web. The changes are limited to a resculpted front end, where the themes of the Mazda 6 and the RX-8 have made their way onto the petite roadster. There's a deeper air intake up front, flanked by reshaped headlamps and...Read More»

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