Convertibles

2009 Detroit Show: Stirling Moss SLR
2009 Detroit Show: Stirling Moss SLR

Mercedes-Benz says it's celebrating the end of the production run of its SLR McLaren with a final edition that's stripped down, stoked up and named for the most famous racer to pilot one of its cars. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss is the swan song for what Benz calls the...Read More»

2009 MINI Cooper Convertible
2009 MINI Cooper Convertible Preview

MINI's rolling into the 2009 Detroit auto show next week with a new version of its Cooper Convertible. Along with the electric version of the MINI we've shown you before, the new Convertible appears in Cobo with a completely new chassis and style, though at first glance it's hard to tell the new...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang GT500
2010 Ford Mustang GT500 Preview

Mustang fans, fret no more. Hot on the heels of the L.A. Auto Show introduction of the 2010 Mustang and Mustang GT, Ford has just announced the production of the 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 in coupe and convertible body styles. As the afterglow of the 2010 model's introduction waned, the Mustang...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Stirling Moss
Mercedes/McLaren Grand Finale Is Worth the Wait

Mercedes-Benz and Formula One outfit McLaren Automotive have had a long and productive partnership, but as we all know, there's a breakup on the horizon. However, before they go their separate ways, they're preparing to unleash one final supercar on the world--and oh, how super it is: the SLR...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang
2010 Ford Mustang Colors: Really?

Everybody's got a soft spot for Mustangs, right? They're sporty and sexy, and for a lot of American teens they're a rite of passage--often, our first car. Mine was a foxy, gun-metal gray stick-shift with tinted glass t-tops (as was the fashion in those days). The timing belt was always breaking and...Read More»

2010 Audi A5 / Cabriolet
2009 Geneva Show Preview: 2010 Audi A5 Cabriolet

While Detroit stews in Washington and the auto show season shifts into a darker gear, Audi's brightening up the picture significantly with its new 2010 A5 Cabriolet, due out next year and previewed for the media today. Walter d’Silva, Audi’s head designer, once called his A5 Coupe the most...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang
2010 Ford Mustang: A Styling History

So now we all know what the new 2010 Ford Mustang looks like. After seeing the car in person, it looks even better than it does in pixels. As you click through the new 2010 Mustang shots we have (and will continue to post) here at TheCarConnection.com, look for a couple of styling details that...Read More»

2009 Infinit G37 Convertible
2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible: Live from L.A.

Earlier this year, we showed you the first photo of the 2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible from the foggy greens at Pebble Beach. Now the Convertible's made a live appearance at the 2008 Los Angeles auto show, flipping and folding its top as it waits for next spring's on-sale date. The new G...Read More»

2009 Lamborghini LP560-4 Spyder
2009 Lamborghini LP-560 Spyder Takes It Off

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said last year his company would have a major new model to show off at each major auto show. True to form at the Los Angeles show, Lambo pulled the silky sheet from a new Spyder version of the LP560-4, the latest edition of the Gallardo. The 2009 Lamborghini...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible
Spy Shots: 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe-Convertible

TheCarConnection.com's spies have shown you shots of the next Mercedes-Benz E-Class--and earlier this year, we brought you the concept Fascination, a forerunner of the new E-Class. Now, our spy shooters have found some evidence that Mercedes-Benz will replace the outgoing CLK soft-top convertible...Read More»

2009 Bentley Azure T
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»

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»

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