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Declining drop-top demand hurting convertible roof suppliers - report

Declining demand for drop-tops across the globe is hurting the world’s three largest suppliers of convertible roof systems. Automotive News Europe reports that production of convertibles in Europe and North America has almost halved in the past seven years, plummeting from 827,000 in 2007 to 444,000 in 2013...

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Audi S3 Cabriolet: pricing and specifications
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Audi S3 Cabriolet: pricing and specifications

Audi's new small hot drop-top - the Audi S3 Cabriolet - is arriving in Australian showrooms priced from $69,300 plus on-road costs. The S3 Cabriolet is the first-ever S-badged version of the A3 drop-top and it tops the hot model range, priced above its S3 sedan ($62,200) and S3 Sportback hatch ($59,990) stablemates...


BMW M4 Convertible: 4.4sec twin-turbo drop-top lobs from $178,430
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BMW M4 Convertible: 4.4sec twin-turbo drop-top lobs from $178,430

The first-ever BMW M4 Convertible is now on sale in Australia priced from $178,430, representing a near $2000 price cut compared with the model it replaces. Taking its place atop the new BMW 4 Series range, the BMW M4 Convertible is priced $51,800 above the top-spec 435i Convertible and $12,000 above the M4 Coupe. Starting $1965 below the outgoing automatic-equipped 4...


2015 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet : facelifted model on sale from $38,490
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2015 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet : facelifted model on sale from $38,490

The facelifted Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet has arrived in Australia priced from $38,490. The updated model range has been trimmed to two variants, with the entry-level Dynamique kicking off the range, while a sporty new GT-Line model sits as the flagship model, priced at $43,990. Instead of switching to the 1...


2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible revealed
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2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible revealed

The wraps have been taken off the BMW 2 Series Convertible, which has been launched as a replacement for the outgoing 1 Series Convertible. The sporty small drop-top features an electric fabric soft top that is capable of opening or retracting in 20 seconds at speeds up to 50km/h, and BMW claims drivers will enjoy a sportier drive thanks to a 20 per cent increase in torsional rigidity in comparison to the outgoing 1 Series Convertible...


2015 Audi TT Roadster caught testing at the Nurburgring
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2015 Audi TT Roadster caught testing at the Nurburgring

These are the first images of the all-new 2015 Audi TT Roadster, which has been spotted undergoing performance testing at the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany. The soft-top convertible variant of the much-anticipated third-generation Audi TT sports car appears to retain its cutesy-rather-than-macho styling, with the car spotted here wearing a low-profile black fabric roof that will tuck in behind the cockpit...


2015 Mazda MX-5 spied on the road in Japan
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2015 Mazda MX-5 spied on the road in Japan

The all-new 2015 Mazda MX-5 has been spotted on the road in Japan. Images of the 2015 MX-5 - which is due to be revealed on September 3/4 in three separate locations around the world - were uploaded to Imgur over the weekend by user meshcount. The images appear to show the car in its production body, with little or no body-disguising cladding fitted to the car...


Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster : British brand's fastest ever drop-top revealed
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster : British brand's fastest ever drop-top revealed

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster will become the brand's fastest, and fastest-accelerating, series production roadster to date when it launches globally later this year. Powered by the same naturally aspirated V12 engine found in the V12 Vantage S Coupe revealed last year, Aston Martin claims the V12 Vantage S Roadster will also be its most powerful convertible...


2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet: Pricing and specifications
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2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet: Pricing and specifications

The new-generation Audi A3 Cabriolet has undergone an overhaul with a reinvented look, all-new drivetrains, updated technology and to top all of that off, its entry price has been dropped. The 2014 A3 Cabriolet is bigger than its predecessor, its longer, lower and wider...


Nissan 370Z Roadster Review
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Nissan 370Z Roadster Review

Still able to punch above its weight, the ageing Nissan 370Z Roadster remains a top-notch cruiser...

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Ferrari California T : New turbocharged GT cuts Italian marque's entry point by $50k to $409,880
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Ferrari California T : New turbocharged GT cuts Italian marque's entry point by $50k to $409,880

The new turbocharged Ferrari California T made its Australasian debut today sporting a $50k cut to the price of entry over the outgoing model. Launching from $409,880, the Ferrari California T – first revealed at this year's Geneva motor show – replaces the outgoing, range-opening California currently priced from $459,295...


Ferrari California T : local launch gallery
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Ferrari California T : local launch gallery

Starting at $409,880, the new Ferrari California T launches in Australia as the marque's most affordable current model. Read more on the Ferrari California T here or click the Photos tab to view the full image gallery from today's static launch event.


Mazda MX-5: week with Review
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Mazda MX-5: week with Review

Will James Ward rediscover driving purity spending a week with a Mazda MX-5?

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Mazda MX-5 : next-generation model could be cheaper
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Mazda MX-5 : next-generation model could be cheaper

The next-generation Mazda MX-5 could see a significant price cut. The Mazda MX-5 was once a far more affordable car, but over recent years its price has crept higher and higher: the current model sets buyers back almost $50,000 on the road. However, the Japanese brand's local arm has indicated that the fourth-generation model, which will be revealed later this year and go on sale in 2015, will be more wallet-friendly...


Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition revealed
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Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition revealed

It was like a birth at a funeral as the Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition model was revealed at the 2014 New York auto show alongside the chassis of the next-generation model. While the skeletal chassis of the new-generation MX-5 is the main attraction, the full-bodied celebratory 25th Anniversary Edition model features a range of changes and alterations to the existing MX-5, which originally went on sale in 2005...


Mercedes-Benz SL400 to replace 350 model
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Mercedes-Benz SL400 to replace 350 model

The Mercedes-Benz SL convertible range will be fully turbocharged by the end of 2014, as the German brand replaces the SL350 model with the new twin-turbocharged SL400. The new SL400 features the same 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine as is seen in the E400 and soon-to-arrive C400 models...


BMW M4 Convertible revealed
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BMW M4 Convertible revealed

The first-ever BMW M4 Convertible has been revealed, beginning a new era for the Bavarian brand’s flagship open-top sports car. Sitting at the top of the new 4 Series Convertible range, the M4 Convertible becomes the third member of BMW’s new-generation high-performance mid-size family, joining the M3 sedan and the M4 Coupe...


Peugeot 208 Cabriolet due in 2015, report claims
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Peugeot 208 Cabriolet due in 2015, report claims

The Peugeot 208 is set to lose its lid, according to reports out of France. Caradisiac reports the French brand's city car will adopt a fully automated soft-top lid for the three-door by "late 2015" following a reveal at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show...


Volkswagen Eos won't be replaced, report claims
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Volkswagen Eos won't be replaced, report claims

The Volkswagen Eos will soon meet its maker, according to reports out of Europe. German newspaper Der Spiegel claims there will not be a replacement model for the Volkswagen Eos hard-top convertible which is likely to be phased out of production before the end of 2014. The company is instead expected to focus its intent upon the more affordable and more contemporary Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet...


BMW M4 Convertible spied at the Nurburgring
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BMW M4 Convertible spied at the Nurburgring

CarAdvice's spy photographers have caught the all-new BMW M4 Convertible during "last minute testing" at the Nurburgring in Germany. The new drop-top has been spied undergoing testing before, but this is the first time the new M4 Convertible has been spied in near-production trim, and our first shots of it being put through its paces at the infamous German test track...