With Volkswagen's Phaeton scoring points among critics but causing confusion and consternation among VW/Audi brand managers, the badge has been undergoing a kind of reconsideration program. Now, as new shots courtesy of Winding Road indicate, a coupe version with retractable hardtop may be in the works. It'll face down … »
Retractable hardtops are nothing new. But what was once an exclusive feature of low-volume luxury cars like the Cadillac XLR, Lexus SC430, and Mercedes-Benz SLK and SL is now found in mainstream cars with four real seats and family-car functionality. In truth, the US is a few years behind Europe (the continent, not the … »
Carscoop, true to its name, unearthed what may be an arial shot of the coming BMW coupe-cabriolet, allegedly via cellphone from one of BMW's German factories. The three-piece top's articulations are plainly visable, with tolerances that would make Herbert Quandt cough up a Bad Homburg. Maybe it's yes, maybe it's no. »
This wee missive just came down from the Mazda press office: »Word is the new version — to be known in the states as the Mazda MX-5 (Miata) Power Retractable Hard Top, or MMMPRHT — will cost $2,000 to $3,000 over the base MX-5's price tag and have little available trunk space. No word yet on the weight liability.
If we had to pick an MVP in the car blog space this week, it'd likely be Leftlane News, capping a solid showing by posting a bunch of AutoBild spec images of the upcoming BMW 3-Series (E92) coupe and retractable-hardtop convertible. We're guessing the shots are in-house renderings, though AuBi's cadre of spies can be… »
Next year, BMW will assert that no Swedish Ford can be allowed outdo it in the hardtop-convertible market. Answering the new Volvo C70 (and Opel Astra in Europe), BMW's next-generation 3-Series convertible will come with a foldable hardtop when it's released in fall 2006. According to Edmunds Inside Line, the new… »