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BMW targets U.S. market with 2-series softtop

April 23, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW has increased the size of the 2-series convertible compared with its predecessor model, the 1-series convertible, largely to boost the car's appeal among U.S. buyers....
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Fiat 500 cabrio gets Nuova treatment

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Fiat is going back in time for a new edition of the 500 cabrio -- 1957, to be exact. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is giving the 500c a retro “1957 Edition” treatment. The car takes inspiration from the 1957 Fiat Nuova Cinquecento....
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Premium brands push volume rivals from profit-rich niches

March 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Premium automakers continued to push volume rivals out of profit-rich niches such as coupes and convertibles last year, leading some automakers to begin cutting models with those body styles from their lineups....
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VW Eos output will end on declining cabrio demand

Feb. 23, 2015 19:06 CET

VW plans to stop making its Eos cabriolet as customer tastes shift away from convertibles in general and retractable hardtops like the Eos in particular. European sales of convertibles from volume carmakers fell 20 percent last year....
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It's official: Scion kills FR-S convertible idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Despite a series of tantalizing concepts, Scion has officially killed the idea of an FR-S convertible. Scion executives spearheaded a feasibility study of the idea but terminated it in June, said Doug Murtha, the brand's vice president....
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Buick goes topless with Cascada

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015

Buick is getting its first convertible since the Reatta 25 years ago, an effort to inject some fun into a lineup that's been rebuilt with a stable of core models. On the eve of the auto show here, Buick unveiled the 2016 Cascada, a rebadged version of the identically named Opel droptop that debuted in Europe last year. It's the latest example of cross-pollination between GM brands....
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BLOG: BMW refreshes 6 series

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014

BMW has freshened all three of its 6-series variants that will debut next month at the Detroit auto show and go on sale in the second quarter of 2015....
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Lexus ponders drop-top options

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

As the only convertible in its lineup approaches the end of its life cycle, Lexus is looking ahead to another critical step in the balancing act it's undertaking: trying to appeal to younger buyers while keeping its core customers....
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Scion nixes convertible, turbocharged FR-S

10:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014

Toyota says there will be no convertible version of the Scion FR-S sports car and -- in a blow to power-seeking enthusiasts everywhere -- no turbocharged engine....
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Bentley unveils potential range-topping convertible to take on Rolls-Royce

Nov. 19, 2014 13:16 CET

The Bentley Grand Convertible concept previews a possible production car to take on the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. The Grand Convertible would be Bentley's most expensive car, if it is built....
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PICTURE GALLERY

Audi begins production of TT roadster in Hungary

Nov. 10, 2014 12:27 CET

Audi has begun production of its third-generation TT roadster at its plant in Gyor, Hungary. The roadster is the fourth model to be built at the plant after the A3 sedan and convertible and the TT coupe....
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Roof suppliers hit hard by lower demand for convertibles

Oct. 15, 2014 06:01 CET

Once valued as a highly profitable vehicle niche, buyers have turned away from convertibles, hurting the business of roof systems suppliers such as Webasto, Magna CTS and Valmet....
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Webasto sees consolidation looming for roof makers

Oct. 15, 2014 06:01 CET

Holger Engelmann, the CEO of German roof specialist Webasto, believes a drop in demand for convertible cars will lead to consolidation in the sector, but he sees potential growth opportunities in China....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ferrari will unveil top-performing 458 Speciale

Sept. 30, 2014 10:10 CET

Ferrari will unveil the top-performing convertible version of the mid-engine 458 Speciale sports car range in Paris. The automaker will build just 499 examples of the 458 Speciale A, which has the company's most powerful naturally aspirated engine....
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Premium automakers push into profitable niche segments in H1

Sept. 17, 2014 06:30 CET

Premium automakers are progressively pushing volume rivals out of profit-rich niches such as coupes and convertibles. In the first half, 67 percent of all coupes sold in Europe were from premium brands, up from 55 percent in 2013....
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BMW's larger 2-series droptop hits U.S. in early 2015

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014

BMW's 2015 2-series convertible goes on sale early next year after debuting in October at the Paris auto show. The soft-top two-door will be launched in the U.S. as the 228i, 228i xDrive with all-wheel drive and M235i. The M235i xDrive is due next year....
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Buick-badged droptop looks just like sporty Opel Cascada, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014

Buick dealers recently were given a sneak peek of a Buick-badged Opel Cascada convertible, which is slated for a U.S. launch in late 2015 as a '16 model....
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Bentley Mulsanne Convertible project is back in the mix

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014

Bentley's Mulsanne Convertible Concept is back on track. Shown by Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer to a select few customers at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2012, the stately convertible was intended for production. But after Duerheimer's departure in 2012, his successor, Wolfgang Schreiber, killed the project....
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Crash rule threatens Aston Martin, dealer says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

Aston Martin's U.S. stores could be put out of business when a new federal safety rule lands next month, a top dealer said in a petition....
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Rolls-Royce plans second convertible

11:11 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014

Rolls-Royce will expand its lineup with a new convertible that will go on sale mid-2016. Media reports said the car will be a convertible version of the Wraith coupe, which is based on the Ghost sedan....
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Rolls-Royce says it is developing a second convertible

Aug. 5, 2014 17:11 CET

Rolls-Royce will expand its lineup with a new convertible that will go on sale mid-2016. Media reports said the car will be a convertible version of the Wraith coupe, which is based on the Ghost sedan....
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Jaguar dropping XK coupe, convertible

8:12 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2014

With the all-new F-Type Coupe debuting, Jaguar is ending output of the more expensive and aging two-plus-two XK coupe and convertible....
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Valmet to cut 230 jobs at former Karmann roof systems plant in Germany

June 2, 2014 16:19 CET

Valmet will cut about 230 jobs at a roof systems plant in Germany because of weak demand for convertibles. The supplier will move production to Poland....
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