BMW has annouced the new 1-series Cabriolet, and it's got a few surprises. Remarkably, the 1-series does not have a retractable hardtop but one made of cloth, quite unlike most of the compact cabrios sold in Europe. One benefit of the retractable hardtop is obvious: they can't be ripped into with a knife by nefarious types, but they also help by reducing fuel consumption at highway speeds.

Diesel convertibles were not common until the late '90s. Now, though, you can buy most of the available compact and subcompact convertibles with a diesel option: the Peugeot 207 CC and 307 CC, Renault Mégane, Ford Focus, Volkswagen EOS, etc.

The engine of choice for the 1-series cabriolet is a 4-cylinder, 2-liter unit good for 177 HP. Consumption and CO2 emission figures aren't announced in the press release, although the figures for the coupé version are from 4.8 to 9.2 l/100 (49 to 25 mpg) and from 122 to 220 g of CO2/km.

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