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    Official: And the best-selling convertible heading into summer is...

    With summer quickly approaching, we're eagerly awaiting some seat time in our favorite droptop models, cars that allow us to take in the sunshine and the warm air afforded by the summer months – especially for those of us who reside in states with bitterly cold winters. And while many ...

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    Report: Convertibles are down, but are they on the way out?

    Automakers just reported their most recent sales numbers, with things looking up virtually across the board. Despite that, and despite the fact that it's summer, sales of that quintessential warm-weather car, the convertible, are down. Droptops normally account for two percent of the overall car ...

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    REPORT: Porsche Panamera Convertible is coming soon

    According to a recent report, Porsche will produce a Panamera Convertible. Now, it's not the hoped for four-door convertible. Rather, in the interest of keeping some semblance of chassis rigidity, Porsche is going with a two-door, four-seat convertible. Two doors will also help to keep the weight ...

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    Backdraft: Does drilling a hole in a convertible's windshield alleviate buffeting? [w/VIDEO]

    It's amazing how something you can't see, such as the air around you, can have so much of an effect on what goes on while you're driving. Consider the impact of that invisible air when it wraps itself around the windshield when you're driving top-down in a convertible (honestly, is there any other ...

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    Spy Shots: Jaguar XK diesel under development

    The reports are true: a 3.0-liter diesel Jaguar XK is on the way. The new XK, long due for a serious refresh, will show up in 2009 with the minor addition of the JaguarDrive selector a la XF and the major addition of a diesel engine to boost fuel economy and sales, along with two new V8s. Since ...

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    SEMA 2008: Carbonite SL(R) for the economic downturn

    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Carbonite SL
    If you were this close to purchasing an SLR but recent events concerning a guy named Lehman severely reduced your amount of disposable cash, then allow us to introduce you to the SL Carbonite. For the price of a 2003-2008 Mercedes SL, plus ...

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    VIDEO: Saab 9X Air BioHybrid

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    The Saab 9X Air BioHybrid said hello to the world on a pedestal full of disco lights at the Paris Motor Show. It did not, however, move. So for now, if you want to see what the 9X Air will be able to do when it finally does get rolling, we have this little ...

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    Spy Shots: 2009 Mercedes CLK Cabrio

    The next CLK Cabriolet -- or E-Class Coupe Cabriolet depending on Mercedes' choice of nomenclature -- is out and about, wearing lots of camouflage. While this rendering looks like it could still be pretty accurate, the front fog lights have given way to LED's, which are lit in this latest round of ...

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    Review: 2009 Mercedes SL63 AMG and SL600

    Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG – Click above for high-res gallery
    Finding the ideal luxury sports car is a Goldilocks proposition: cars that fulfill either descriptive – luxury or sports – are piled high as Annapurna. For instance, the Ferrari F430 is a luxurious sports car, but it's ...

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    Spy shots: BMW Z4

    The next gen BMW Z4 has been caught wearing black and white paisley instead of body armor, and much of the current car's drama definitely looks to have been toned down. The car hasn't been stripped of visual interest, but the angles-meeting-angles has been nixed for what looks like more gentle ...

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    On the nautical ropes in the Fiat Portofino beach car

    Click above for hi-res gallery of the PortofinoFiat took one of its Fiorino vans, chopped off, well, most of it, and dubbed it the Portofino. Supposedly no more than a study for the Caravan Show that starts in Dusseldorf later this week, the golden, buggy-like conveyance is an homage to the 1960s. ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Nissan making Murano convertible for 2010

    Try as we might, we could not find the punchline to this bit of news, so we're going to run with it. Nissan is creating a Murano convertible, supposedly for empty nesters who want a side dish of top down to go with space for the kids and grandkids. Should such a thing occur, it will be searing your ...

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    Cadillac CTS convertible: American coachbuilding at its finest

    While Cadillac busies itself with a 2-door version of the new CTS sedan, the folks over at Coach Builders, Ltd have been busy taking their tops off. The boulevardier CTS gets an insulated, hydraulically-powered roof fitted with a heated glass rear window and cloth headliner. The top also comes in ...

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    Spy shots: Aston Martin DBS Volante

    Click the image above for a gallery of high-res shots of the Aston Matrtin DBS Volante.Somewhere in the Swedish boonies there's a stunning burgundy mule testing its wares in the snow: the Aston Martin DBS convertible. Differing from its hardtopped sibling in only its roofline and side window ...

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    Officially Official: BMW 1-Series Convertible

    Click on above image for the hi-res gallery of the 2007 BMW 1-Series Convertible Though the 1-Series will be BMW's smallest and cheapest model, the Bavarian brand isn't skimping on the car that huge numbers of people are anticipating. A portion of those people can't wait for a drop top version, and ...

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    Spy Shots: BMW Z4 hardtop cabriolet

    The 2009 BMW Z4 has been caught out testing again, and by the look of it, the cloth roof is going to go away. The last batch of shots left people wondering what kind of roof the little coupe would wear, with many predicting a continuation of the cloth hood. These shots, however, give a pretty good ...

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    Carry more in your convertible ... in a bag on your trunk

    The English take their convertibles seriously. They also take their road tripping seriously. Put the two together and, as far as luggage room goes, you usually come up with a very short short jaunt or heading to a destination that doesn't require much clothing. Well, as Darwin found, there is no ...

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    IIHS crashes convertibles too! Saab 9-3, Volvo C70 earn top ratings

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just wrapped up its own version of a clinical demolition derby on some of the newest drop tops around, and when the airbag dust settled, the Saab 9-3 and the Volvo C70 earned the Institute's Top Safety Pick award. Both vehicles scored "good" in ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Infiniti G37 hardtop convertible

    The weather's finally stabilized here in Cleveland where this blogger lives and convertibles have begun to quickly populate the roadways. Thus, it's no surprise that news of convertibles has also begun to populate Autoblog. Earlier today we told you about speculation that Nissan's working on a ...

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    Audi A3 Cabrio for 2008?

    News that Audi might produce a cabrio version of the A3 has been circulating around and it would be a safe bet considering the glut of new models the company has set to debut in the next few years including the RS4 Avant and Cabrio, the S3, R8, A5, a successor to the A2 and next generation TT, ...


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