Land Rover Confirms Range Rover Evoque Convertible


Land Rover debuted an updated-for-2016 version of its popular Evoque compact SUV at this year's Geneva International Motor Show, but the news doesn't stop there. Today, the automaker put some very old rumors to rest in confirming that it would produce a convertible version of the Evoque.

Related: 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: First Look

Details are slim — even the teaser photo is wearing camo — but Land Rover said the droptop SUV will go on sale in 2016 and more details will be announced later this year. Aside from Jeep's Wrangler, it will be the only convertible SUV on the market after Nissan canceled its unpopular, oddball Murano CrossCabriolet.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Porsche Boxster GTS at Roebling Road Raceway Photo Gallery (28 Photos)


Porsche's new GTS package ups horsepower, torque and top speed on its Boxster and Cayman models. For the Boxster, that means 330 hp, 273 pounds-feet of torque and a top speed of 174 mph. We flung the 2015 Boxster GTS around the track at the Roebling Road Raceway just outside of Savannah, Ga. Check out the gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 26, 2015 | Comments (2)

Mazda Accessorizes its New Miata Roadster


There may not be as much buzz these days about car accessories, but automakers and dealers alike still make a fair amount of money on add-ons. The benefits of automakers offering such parts are many: They can often be rolled into the purchase price (and financing) of a new car; they can be installed at the dealer (or sometimes the factory); and many times they're covered under warranty as well.

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Mazda has just unveiled a line of personalization accessories for the new 2016 MX-5 Miata roadster when it arrives in the U.S. either late this year or early next year (Mazda hasn't said). The brand used the 2015 Chicago Auto Show to show off some of these accessories by attaching the accessory aero kit to a new white Miata.

By Aaron Bragman | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Mazda Teases MX-5 Miata Concept


Mazda redesigned its iconic roadster for 2016 and a concept version of it will be unveiled at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show later this week. Mazda says the MX-5 Miata accessories design concept previews what may be in store for those looking to personalize their cars.

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The MX-5 Miata has a long history with the Chicago Auto Show; the car was originally announced at the show in 1989. Stay tuned for more from the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Press days start Thursday.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 10, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Buick Cascada Video

When you introduce your first convertible in 25 years to the public, you better hope it makes an impression.'s Kelsey Mays finds the European import to be rather unique in terms of where it fits in the U.S. market. In this video, he shows how the top retracts and how easy it is to get larger cargo in the trunk, even with the top down. But, yes … this Buick still has a lot of buttons for drivers to deal with.

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By David Thomas | January 12, 2015 | Comments (2)

More 2016 Buick Cascada Details and Photos


Remember the Buick Reatta? That was the last convertible Buick offered in the U.S. This new Cascada arrives 25 years since the two-seat Reatta was discontinued, but what a return to open air motoring it is.

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From tip to tail, the Cascada oozes style.

In person, it's not quite as large as it appears in photos, a trick of the oversized wheels and tires, I suspect. It is extremely low and swoopy, and it's one of those rare convertibles that looks just as good with the top up or down.

By Aaron Bragman | January 12, 2015 | Comments (4)

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider: First Look


Competes with: Porsche Boxster, BMW M235i convertible, Audi TTS Roadster

Looks like: A thrilling way to get a tan

Drivetrain: 237-hp, turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine with six-speed dual-clutch transmission; rear-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2015

Alfa Romeo made its return to the U.S. market late last year with the launch of the mid-engine 4C sports car, and the Italian brand is quickly following up on it with the debut of the 4C Spider roadster at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Driver involvement is a key aspect of the 4C experience, and the new Spider looks ready to ratchet up the intensity even more by adding a wind-in-the-hair component to it. The 4C Spider is offered with a removable cloth roof or carbon-fiber hardtop, and it arrives at dealerships this summer.

By Mike Hanley | January 11, 2015 | Comments (1)

2016 Buick Cascada: First Look


Competes with: Volkswagen Eos, Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro

Looks like: The spiritual successor to the old Chrysler 200 convertible

Drivetrain: 200-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder; six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2016

Convertibles in the U.S. seem to come in only two flavors these days: muscle cars or expensive luxury models. The days of inexpensive convertibles for the common buyer are gone with the demise of the Chrysler 200 (nee Sebring) and Toyota Solara. If you want a four-seat convertible, you can have a rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang, or an expensive German, British or Italian luxury car. But now there's a new arrival from Europe that may give shoppers a stylish option.

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Based on the Opel of the same name, the new 2016 Buick Cascada is set to arrive in about a year, providing a unique offering in showrooms that really has no direct competition in the U.S. Under the skin, the Cascada is essentially a Buick Verano turbo with two fewer doors and a folding roof, while its bodywork looks like the latest Opel Astra. It's a product of GM's new global initiative with Buick in which a number of U.S.-market vehicles are sourced from Europe's Opel division with a little rebadging and slightly different sheet metal.

By Aaron Bragman | January 11, 2015 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: Nearly 38,000 Volkswagen Cars

Vehicles Affected: Volkswagen is recalling some model-year 2014-15 Jetta sedans manufactured March 28 to Nov. 24, 2014, model-year 2014-15 Passat sedans manufactured April 7 to Nov. 18, 2014, model-year 2014-15 Beetle coupes and convertibles manufactured March 31 to Nov. 27, 2014, and model-year 2015 Golf and GTI hatchbacks manufactured July 1 to Nov. 20, 2014.

The Problem: A sealing cap at the fuel rail could fail, allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment. In the presence of an ignition source, a leak can result in a fire.

The Fix: Volkswagen will replace the fuel rails with new parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: VW hasn’t yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-893-5298 and reference recall number 24Bi, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Newman | December 31, 2014 | Comments (1)

Do Men Buy the Volkswagen Beetle?


Let's take a trip back to November 2010 when talk-show host Oprah Winfrey announced that everyone in her audience would be receiving a redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, though the design was kept under wraps at the time. It seemed an obvious choice for Volkswagen to call on the Beetle's trusty female base to create excitement about its iconic "chick car."

Related: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Gains Features With Premium Package

Months later, when the 2012 Beetle emerged from under wraps in an advertisement announcing, "It's a boy," people were talking about the car's masculine look. A streamlined, flattened body and removal of the previous model's bubbly, cute features (ahem, flower vase) sparked talk about VW abandoning its female-centric look to appeal to more buyers.

"The current-generation Beetle was designed to be a modern reinterpretation of the original model," Darryll Harrison Jr., Volkswagen's public relations manager, said in an email. "The current design is also bolder than the outgoing model ... successfully bringing more customers into the VW family."

At water coolers and online, men cheered the move, but did they buy it? With a couple years of sales under its belt, we took a look at the Beetle's numbers to see if its newfound masculinity paid off.

By Sara Lacey | December 30, 2014 | Comments (4)

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